As I’ve recently blogged I believe that you are the story-teller of your own career
and if you’re a freelancer then a story-teller of your capabilities.
People can only judge you based on what you’re telling them.
If you tell people only that you have been made redundant people may see you
as someone who may not be valuable in their workplace.
Compare that with sending a strong, clear message that you’re a key contributor , whose had big successes.
People may be more likely to give you job leads, offers and career opportunities.
Here are a few tips to help you frame your “career story”…
1. Keep humility in it’s place.
Yes, it’s a nice quality to have, but if you never talk about some of the successes
you’ve had with your professional network, then your career may not move along.
How would anyone know to hire you if you don’t tell your story?
2. Talking about your accomplishments builds your credibility.
It lets people know what you’re good at, what you can accomplish, and what you have to offer.
It makes you stand out from the crowd.
If you want to get noticed, then learn how to talk about your achievements.
Not in an arrogant way, in an “I’m a key contributor who gets big results” way.
3. Write down 2-3 of your biggest achievements over the past three years.
Say out loud (not on a train! ? ) in a sentence or two how you contributed to those successes
Add in what the impact was to the organisation.
Here was the Situation, This was the Task, Here was my Action and then add in Results
“The company needed to save money. I led the technical team to introduce a new internal tool that was launched.
The tool is now saving the company £100,000 a year.”
“I was the Director on the marketing campaign for the xyz product which helped the company gain 3% more market share.”
One key to getting more job offers, leads and opportunities is learning how to talk about your successes.
Nobody knows what you’ve accomplished unless you tell them.
4. Frame your story positively.
How do you frame your story to hiring managers if your position has been made redundant?
They will create their perception of you based on what you tell them.
If you talk about your career in a positive, confident way
– then they are going to think of you as a positive and confident employee.
Everyone has setbacks in their career.
5. Don’t give up because you fluffed one interview.
It happens to all of us. Sometime we just freeze.
Whether it’s a job interview, a big presentation or the perfect networking opportunity
The key is not to beat yourself up.
Don’t shy away from future opportunities learn from the situation and then do better next time.
Continue looking for opportunities to step into the spotlight and tell your story again and again.
Don’t let one a negative experience stop you from moving your career forward.
Get out there.
Find your voice and share your career story with confidence.
Your next career opportunity is out there – you just have to go find it!