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Job Seekers Need a Career Narrative - "Who I Am Story"

Job Seekers Need a Career Narrative - "Who I Am Story" | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"In recent years, much has been written about the importance of career narratives for mid-career and senior professionals, particularly those making a career transition."

 

"But, we'd argue, they're even more important for younger professionals who don't yet have a multipage CV or a high-powered headhunter in their corner. What, then, makes for an effective narrative?"

 

"First, it should be easy to remember and retell..." - Heidi K. Gardner and Adam Zalisk

 

Read more: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/02/younger_workers_need_a_career_narrative.html


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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, February 24, 2013 10:38 AM

Article is focused on having a career story in the workforce, but the same concepts apply to someone who is doing freelancing, and trying to sell themselves to potential clients. Great information! 

streetsmartprof's curator insight, March 12, 2013 7:17 PM

I am repeating Karen Dietz's insights from below, says it all for me...

 

Hey -- we ALL need a career narrative! And it is a story that continually shifts and changes over time as we add experience, wisdom, and talent.

 

I really like this article because it explains exactly what a career narrative is, why we need one, and how to create it.

 

And there are great examples shared.

 

I particulary like the point that a career narrative -- or bio or 'About' page -- needs to meaningfully link your past successes with your near + long term goals, AND suggest the kinds of assignments that would help you achieve those goals.

 

If you have difficulty sharing the story of your career journey, if you need a better bio or 'About' page, then use these tips and examples to craft a better story!

Chris Morales's curator insight, March 27, 2013 11:36 AM

Some good tips on how to tell your career story more effectively #jobs

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Job Seekers: How to Write Your Elevator Pitch | Career Thoughts

Job Seekers: How to Write Your Elevator Pitch | Career Thoughts | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"The purpose of your elevator pitch is to introduce yourself as a job candidate and/or business partner, explain what you have to offer, and initiate some next steps of the relationship."

 

"Think about how to convey your basic information (name, career field, etc.), your skills and experiences, and your career goals in an organized manner."

 

"You should be able to deliver a pitch that can be adapted to last anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Different situations may call for different versions... Consider what your core message should be and adjust the delivery to fit each occasion." - Andrew Crain

 

Examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly: http://careerthoughts.com/how-to-craft-a-magnetic-elevator-pitch


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streetsmartprof's curator insight, March 3, 2013 9:41 AM

A quick easy read. An author who gets to the point and provides 3 living examples all in one page.

 

Andrew asks a great question at the end. Could you tell me your elevator pitch right now focused on your dream job? If not, you may want to read his article and be prepared.

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How Job Seekers Brand with Social Media to Reel in Opportunities

How Job Seekers Brand with Social Media to Reel in Opportunities | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"The 2013 job market is a changing commodity. It is imperative that up-and-coming students and job seekers know how to truly play up their best assets -- one of which nearly always is to highlight their understanding of current digital life."

 

"Everyone is out there pretending they know what is going on in social media. They are all liars," says Eve Mayer...recognized by CNN as one of eight women on Twitter who will inspire you." https://twitter.com/LinkedInQueen

 

"Mayer is leading my social media-directed college course and emphasizing that social media isn't a small subsection of the job search: It could very well be the job search."

 

"Mayer highlights a fairly clear formula for how you can spark up a conversation with nearly anyone on LinkedIn:"

 

Read more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-schmitt/social-media-is-the-hook-_b_2449829.html


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streetsmartprof's curator insight, February 15, 2013 8:58 AM

I like the approach Eva recommends on how to locate someone at a company you have identified to be on your hit list in LinkeIn. The approach seems dead on. I only wish there was more to "how" to write the 3 sentence approach.

 

However, do not forget to keep reading. The best advice in my view is that from John Wilpers.

http://degrees2dreams.com/about-degrees2dreams/

 

"Throw Out the Old Job Titles."

 

Yet this is only the beginning, John provides a very solid 5 step framework of how to brand yourself via social media for job seekers.

 

Prefer the video, it is scooped here:

http://www.scoop.it/t/beyond-the-book/p/3997024881/job-seekers-use-6-steps-to-brand-themselves-to-find-a-job-recent-grads

 

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How Job Seekers Use Story to Brand Themselves

How Job Seekers Use Story to Brand Themselves | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"Public speaking and job interviews share a lot in common. Both require confidence, eloquence and professionalism to clearly communicate information — and both are feared by most people."

 

"But the tactics used by most public speakers — especially those that focus on keeping an audience captivated — can also be used by job hunters to have successful job interviews."

 

"An interview is basically a speech. This is especially true for the response to the question that starts most interviews — "Tell me about yourself." Create a mini-speech response to this question by following the format of most speeches: opening, pre-body, body and closing."

 

The article goes on to discuss how to tell a mini story around your brand. Reading between the lines, you will begin to notice how the interviewer across the table is learning about who you are through the stories you tell. Keep in mind your story needs to be relevant and resonate with the interviewer, it is not about you, it is all about what "they" need in the job you are discussing.

 

Your stories need to be crafted to begin to help those you are talking with visualize how your capabilities will help solve their needs.

 

Read the full article for tips on how to help construct mini-stories of your personal brand.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-10/classified/chi-job-interview-narrative-20120910_1_job-interviews-career-counselor-success-stories


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Job Seeker: Maybe Your Online Personality is Killing Your Job Leads

Job Seeker: Maybe Your Online Personality is Killing Your Job Leads | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"The other day, a few of my peers and I were discussing our social media presence and how it’s evolved over the years. One of them had mentioned that they often Google themselves to see what..."

 

"It’s hard enough to land a job as a job seeker in this economy, it’s even worse if your online presence ruins chances before you can even get to do a phone interview. Do yourself a favor and Google yourself to see what kind of information is at recruiter’s disposal and do some damage control." - Ashley Lauren Perez

 

Read more: http://ashleylaurenperez.com/2013/03/08/job-seeker-maybe-your-online-personality-is-killing-your-job-leads/


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streetsmartprof's curator insight, March 10, 2013 1:39 PM

As Ashley points out in the article. It is a good idea to go find out what types of digital footprints you've left in the sand lately.

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Job Seekers use 6 Steps To Brand Themselves to Find A Job | Recent Grads

Job Seekers use 6 Steps To Brand Themselves to Find A Job | Recent Grads | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"A growing number of recent college graduates have taken low-level jobs and moved back in with their parents. But John Wilpers says the opportunities are abundant for Millenials."

 

"Wilpers says there are six basic steps that new grads can take:"

 

Read more:

http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/01/04/job-tips-students


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Job Seekers Use 5 Social Media Tips to Help Their Personal Brand

Job Seekers Use 5 Social Media Tips to Help Their Personal Brand | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"Any modern job search requires more than just a resume and portfolio."

 

"Here are five...tips... job seekers should consider when embarking on their job search."

 

**Use keywords which describe you

**Google yourself, your brand is what the internet says

**Seek out and engage with potential employers

**Use professional language, in a social fashion

**Be human and demonstrate your soft skills

 

http://bostinno.com/2012/12/08/5-essential-social-media-tips-for-your-job-hunt/

 

I will add a sixth one to the list which has to do with your personal brand.

 

**Step back and consider how your social media activities reflect the skills and capabilities on your resume.

 

Soft skills are in demand as you read articles around what companies are looking to hire. What better place than social media to demonstrate your soft skills, such as creativity, communication skills, work independently, multi-task, organized, or self-starter. These are only ideas, what are your key words?

 

If you compare your keyword list, can you see these keywords in the images, words and structure of your social sites, or are they full of what you did and what you ate.

 

In the current job hunt, hiring managers and HR departments will use search engines to review your personal brand. Make sure what they see is what you want, not what "the internet says about you".


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Emotional Branding: Understanding Your Vision, Value, & Passion | Social Media Sun

Emotional Branding: Understanding Your Vision, Value, & Passion | Social Media Sun | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"To me and, to many others in the social media sphere, the quintessential principles of personal branding begin and end with attributes – those seen by others and those inherently understood on a subconscious, emotional level."


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