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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How to Use Your Professional Story to Get Hired Faster

Your professional story is made up of a carefully curated set of personal and professional stories you use to tell people about your professional goals and accomplishments. It’s the story of you. A professional story augments your resume or CV. It offers the person who reads your LinkedIn profile or your CV/resume a glimpse of […]

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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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How to Customize your Story and Connect with People

In the past, I’ve written about how you can start a story library and how you can pick the right story for the moment. Today, I want to share with you a method to customize your story for your audience while you’re telling them and offer you a free Audience Analysis Worksheet that identifies the […]

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You Need a Story Library

None of us have just one story. We have a multitude of stories. We have a multitude of identities and selves that all need their own stories. I am a mother and a reader and a writer and an entrepreneur. I am also an immigrant, Chinese, American, Dutch, woman, and so much more. So are […]

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Choose the Right Story to Introduce Yourself

Introductions are hard. You’ve had very little time to read the room. You don’t know much about the person or people you’re meeting. And you know first impressions count. No matter how many times we’ve been asked to introduce ourselves, the moment when your turn comes around the circle or when someone in a group […]

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Women Need Big, Audacious Goals

Here’s the situation this week. Really, it could be any week, but this happened this week. I’m giving a workshop on creating your personal professional story. Everyone has done their homework and brought their audacious goals. When it’s time to share goals, some people want to cure cancer or eradicate a disease. Others want to […]

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Why Personal Stories Help you Connect with your Audience

In the fall of 2014, I gave an orientation for new international staff at the Dutch university I worked at. In designing the program, I called on 5 years of experience teaching Intercultural Awareness and more than 15 years of experience living abroad. By then, I had lived in 6 countries on 3 continents. I […]

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