How to Make Your Resume Personal

Given all the advice out there on keywords, layouts, and language, it can take some time before you start thinking about making your resume personal. That’s a shame, because you can be sure that the HR person and interviewer who received your application will check your resume before they read your cover letter.  Finding a […]

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Who Needs a Professional Story, Anyway?

A professional story is the story you use to talk about your education, motivation, skills, experiences, goal, and vision of the future. With a professional story, you can change the way you talk about work. Break free from the resume trap and start telling a story about what you do that includes you and not […]

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A Professional Story Can Help You Find a Job Faster

You can find a job faster by standing out with your story. Your resume or CV doesn’t show your employer what kind of person you are. A professional story does and that’s how a professional story can help you find a job faster. If you’re the person sorting through a pile of CVs, most of […]

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Personal Stories are Professional Stories

Everything is up for grabs this year, nothing is certain, and a lot of us are in transitions we never expected. People have lost jobs or realize they don’t want to keep working the way they used to.  That means there are a lot of people out there looking for a new direction that probably […]

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Use your story to stand out, not your CV

Every fall, I need a new babysitter. Since my babysitters tend to be busy and hard-working, I usually need a couple. I find them by posting a request on my expat Facebook group. My post gets anywhere from half a dozen to two dozen responses every time. After I’ve eliminated anyone who doesn’t meet my […]

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diagram showing a structure for personal-professional story

A Story Structure for Your Personal-Professional Story

Every workshop I give starts with a story. You’d expect as much. But every workshop I give starts with a personal story, one that often includes my family members and that tells people both who I am and what story can do. For me, there’s no other way to go. When I give a workshop […]

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