Build Your Career History

An important part of your resume is your ability to tell your story. I wrote a blog post a few months ago entitled “Facts Tell and Stories Sell”.The premise was that your resume is your story and as such should tell your story. Your resume should take the reader through your career showing where you are and how you got there.

Your story should be told through a series of SAR Statements; Sitution – Action – Result. One of the things that I have realized is that we aren’t always as prepared as we should be with these experiences. What I am recommending is that you keep a journal of your successes so you have them readily at hand and can pull them out when required.

No one will ever tell our stories as well as we can tell it ourselves and if we keep that record of successes, achievements, awards, and such; we can tell our story in the manner it deserves. Keeping a journal will also enable us to pull out the appropriate story that will best catch the interest of the recruiter or hiring manager. How nice would it be when you see a skill or experience listed in a job posting and you can quickly demonstrate a time when you dealt with that or a similar situation?

Providing these experiences enables the recruiter or hiring manager to take that situation and apply it to their requirement. Not only will it demonstrate your skills in a certain area; it will also make your presentation more crisp, comfortable, and confident during the interview process.

Tom is a Career and Accountability Coach helping with career management, resumes, and networking. Sign up for his 7 Tips Series of Articles.

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