Is that not the most obvious interview question? The one that every job seeker should anticipate and prepare to answer? Unfortunately, it may seem so obvious, many don’t spend the time they should focusing on how to answer it.
In fact, most aspects of the job search rely on being able to tell your own story.
- Networking (the all important elevator pitch)
- Your resume – connecting your accomplishments with the employer’s needs
- Cover letter – another opportunity to sell your skills to a targeted employer
- Portfolios – online opportunities to connect with people
- Interviews – sealing the deal
- On the job – to connect and advance
I highly recommend that job seekers take a look at Katharine Hansen’s new book, Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career.
Her book is organized into several sections:
- Part I – Career propelling story basics
- Part II – Using storytelling in your job search
- Part III – Continuous storytelling
Katharine explains how stories can help you get a job by demonstrating your personality, helping to make you memorable and establishing trust. People who know how to tell good stories can communicate their value proposition, which is key for job seekers and careerists.
This book helps you with every aspect of telling your story – from figuring out what the story should be through tips for how to recall stories stored in your brain! (For example, give your stories names.) It is full of samples of stories and many, many ideas that are critically useful for job seekers and all professionals.
If you’re engaged in a job search – or maybe you should be – don’t miss this great resource!
UPDATED ON 6/21/11:
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