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Tell Me About Yourself

Book Description

This book introduces storytelling as the key to excelling in job search activities, such as writing resumes and cover letters, networking and creating portfolios.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. INTRODUCTION: WHY USE STORYTELLING IN YOUR JOB SEARCH?
    1. How Storytelling Can Help You Get a Job
      1. Stories Establish Your Identity and Reveal Your Personality
      2. Stories Help You Know Yourself and Build Confidence
      3. Stories Make You Memorable
      4. Stories Establish Trust
      5. Stories Help You Stand Out
      6. Stories Illustrate What You Have to Offer
      7. Stories Paint Vivid Pictures
      8. Stories Provide Explanations and Reveal Your Response to Change
      9. Stories Demonstrate Your Communication Skills
    2. About This Book
  8. PART 1: CAREER-PROPELLING STORY BASICS
    1. CHAPTER 1: THE QUINTESSENTIAL “YOU” STORY
      1. Starting Places for Your “You” Story
      2. Sample Quintessential “You” Stories
        1. Kellie
        2. Abbie
        3. Craig
        4. Shelley
        5. Matt
        6. Andy
      3. Summary
    2. CHAPTER 2: HOW TO DEVELOP CAREER-PROPELLING STORIES
      1. Formulas for Structuring Your Story
        1. Structuring Resume Stories
        2. Structuring Cover Letter Stories
        3. Structuring Job Interview Stories
      2. Identifying Characteristics to Highlight in Your Stories
      3. Story-Framing Devices
      4. Telling Stories About Handling Change
        1. The Causes of Change
          1. Business Process Redesign/Reengineering
          2. Change in Organization Ownership
          3. Employee Turnover, Especially in Management
          4. Changing Technology
          5. Loss of Customer Base
        2. Stories That Exemplify Change Skills
        3. Examples of Change Skills
      5. Drilling Down to Tell Stories About the Other Skills and Characteristics Employers Seek
        1. Questions for “Harvesting” Stories
        2. Bringing Stories to Life for Employers
        3. Identifying and Communicating Important Skills
        4. More Examples of Stories That Illustrate Important Skills and Characteristics
          1. Team Leadership
          2. Goal-Setting
          3. Work Ethic
          4. Decision-Making
          5. Customer Service
      6. KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) Statements
        1. Knowledge
        2. Skill
        3. Ability
      7. Summary
  9. PART 2: USING STORYTELLING IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
    1. CHAPTER 3: USING STORIES TO NETWORK WITH PEOPLE
      1. The Elevator Speech Becomes the Elevator Story
        1. Structure and Examples
        2. Hooking Your Network Contacts into Your Story
        3. Requesting Action
        4. The Expanded Elevator Story
      2. Enlisting Your Personal Advisory Board in Reviewing and Critiquing Your Job Search Stories
      3. Story Formula Roundup from the Experts
        1. Tony Jeary
        2. Marisa D’Vari
        3. Jean Hanson
        4. Randy Dipner
        5. Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management
      4. Summary
    2. CHAPTER 4: TELLING STORIES ON YOUR RESUME
      1. Guidelines for Creating a Story-Based Resume
      2. Using a Professional Profile or Qualifications Summary Section to Tell the Story of Who You Are
        1. Sample Bullet Points
        2. Targeting the First Bullet Point
        3. Give the Bulleted Items Parallel Structure
      3. Composing Accomplishments Bullet Points
      4. Creating a Resume Addendum to Enhance Your Resume’s Storytelling
      5. Are Resumes Dying?
      6. Sample Story-Based Resumes and Addenda
      7. Summary
    3. CHAPTER 5: COVER LETTERS THAT TELL A STORY
      1. Types of Stories You Can Tell in a Cover Letter
        1. Stories of Early Career Interest and Determination
        2. Stories of Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Passion
        3. Stories About Projects and Results
        4. Stories About Solving Problems
        5. Stories of Other Accomplishments
        6. Stories That Reveal Your Personality
        7. Stories About Your Interest in the Organization
        8. Stories Describing Your Fit
        9. Stories About Educational Preparation
        10. Stories That Tug the Heartstrings
        11. Stories to Back Up Your Claims About Yourself
        12. Stories of Your Unique Qualifications
        13. Stories That Capitalize on Networking Contacts
        14. Stories to Explain Unusual or Potentially Negative Situations
        15. Stories to Explain a Career Change
        16. Stories That Address Employer Needs
      2. Do’s and Don’ts for Storytelling Cover Letters
        1. Cover Letter Do’s
          1. Do Make the Letter as Concise as Possible
          2. Do Make It Reader-Friendly
          3. Do Make Your Stories Specific and Quantify Results Whenever Possible
          4. Do Use Compelling Stories
          5. Do Tell Relevant Stories
          6. Do Use Some of the Employer’s Messages and Language
        2. Cover Letter Don’ts
          1. Don’t Neglect the “Storyline” in the Rest of the Letter
          2. Don’t Write Your Autobiography
          3. Don’t Overlook Story Cues in Want Ads
          4. Don’t Forget Good Cover Letter Guidelines
      3. Sample Story-Based Cover Letters
      4. Summary
    4. CHAPTER 6: PORTFOLIOS THAT TELL A STORY
      1. The Portfolio Explained
        1. Portfolio Formats
        2. What to Include in a Portfolio
      2. Developing Stories Through Portfolio Preparation
      3. A Web Portfolio Makes Your Story Accessible 24/7
      4. Using Your Print Portfolio to Tell Your Story in Interviews
      5. Linking Interview Questions to Portfolio Artifacts
        1. Questions About Your Education
        2. Questions About Career Choice
        3. Questions About Your Goals
        4. Questions About Your Skills
          1. General Skills
          2. Teamwork Skills
          3. Problem-Solving Skills
        5. Multitasking Skills
          1. Decision-Making Skills
          2. Communication Skills
          3. Presentation Skills
          4. Project Management Skills
          5. Creativity Skills
        6. Questions About Your Accomplishments
        7. Questions About Your Qualifications and Characteristics
        8. Questions About Why They Should Hire You
        9. Questions About Your Company Knowledge
        10. Questions About Exceptional Effort
      6. Summary
    5. CHAPTER 7: INTERVIEWS THAT TELL A STORY
      1. Using Stories in Behavioral Interviews
      2. Return to Alphabet Soup: Examples Using the Story Formulas
        1. CAR: Challenge, Action, Result
        2. CCAR: Context, Challenge, Action, Result (developed by Kathryn Troutman)
        3. PAR: Problem, Action Result
        4. PARLA: Problem, Action, Result, Learning, Application (developed by Donald Asher)
        5. SAR: Situation, Action, Result
        6. SCARQ: Situation, Challenge, Action, Result, Quantified (developed by Steve Gallison)
        7. SHARE: Situation, Hindrance, Action, Results, Evaluation (developed by Fred Coon)
        8. SIA: Situation, Impact, Analysis
        9. SMART: Situation and More, Action, Results, Tie-In (developed by Susan Britton Whitcomb)
        10. SOAR: Situation, Obstacle, Action, Result
        11. STAR: Situation, Task, Action, Result
        12. The Classic Story Format
      3. Not Just Stories, but Stories Well Told
      4. Storytelling for Traditional Interview Questions
        1. A Personal Approach
        2. Yes-or-No Questions
        3. Other Traditional Questions
      5. More Examples: Typical Questions and Storytelling Answers
        1. Persistence, Goal-Setting, Commitment, Initiative
        2. Problem-Solving
        3. Persuasive Communication and Presentations
        4. Flexibility, Adaptability, Taking Responsibility
        5. Handling Difficult Situations
        6. Management, Leadership
        7. Interpersonal Communication, Teamwork, Team Leadership
        8. Time and Project Management
        9. Decision-Making
        10. Communication
        11. Workplace Behavior, Manageability
        12. Work Ethic and Performance
        13. Transition to and From College
      6. Storytelling for Situational and Future-Oriented Interview Questions
      7. Compose Your Stories in Writing Before the Interview
        1. Interview Preparation
        2. Writing to Learn
        3. New Research
      8. Summary
    6. CHAPTER 8: TELLING STORIES TO COMMUNICATE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
      1. Writing Your Story-Supported Branding Statement
        1. Exercises and Examples
        2. Story Types You Can Use as a Basis
      2. Examples of Story-Supported Branding Statements
      3. Personal Branding, “Googlability,” and Your Storied Online Presence
        1. Social/Business Networks and Micro-blogging
        2. Blogging
      4. Summary
  10. PART 3: CONTINUOUS CAREER STORYTELLING
    1. CHAPTER 9: PROPEL YOUR CAREER THROUGH ON-THE-JOB STORYTELLING
      1. Stories to Lead and Communicate Organizational Change
      2. Promote Yourself Through Storytelling
        1. Track Your Accomplishments
        2. Prompts for Brainstorming Accomplishment Stories
      3. Using Storytelling to Cope with the Stress of Change
        1. More Examples of Change Stories
        2. Katharine’s Own Change Story
      4. Summary
  11. EPILOGUE: LET YOUR CAREER STORY UNFOLD
  12. APPENDIX: STORYTELLING RESOURCES
    1. Quintessential “You” Story Resources (Chapter 1)
    2. Story-Development Resources (Chapter 2)
    3. Networking Resources (Chapter 3)
    4. Resume Story Resources (Chapter 4)
    5. Cover Letter Resources (Chapter 5)
    6. Portfolio Resources (Chapter 6)
    7. Interviewing Story Resources (Chapter 7)
    8. Personal Branding Resources (Chapter 8)
    9. On-the-Job Storytelling Resources (Chapter 9)
  13. INDEX