On Tuesday, July 21, I celebrated existing one more year on earth. Now, that isn’t news. People do that when they meet the anniversary of their birth every year. However, as you know, I consider birthdays–or whatever day you want it to be–a “personal new year”. This is prime time for stepping back and examining the progress of the grand tapestry of a lifetime. Right now, the pattern of “personal story” is on the loom.
Many of the tales I tell in “Victoree’s Blog” apply directly to the workplace–even the ones thought to be for children. There are several places in the hiring process where telling a personal tale wells can truly make the “personal brand” outstanding to a potential employer.
For example, look at how another of my favorite blogs, “The Human Workplace”, puts an interesting spin on the ancient (moldy) resume using personal story: http://www.humanworkplace.com/how-to-write-your-human-voiced-resume-2
There is an author and speaker I met at my job club, Lorn Epstein, who takes the personal story into the interview with flag flying excellence. One of his books is “You’re Hired!” on Amazon.com
I hated it when Lorn Epstein came to CNM (Career Network Ministries) in my neighborhood, Tysons, VA because good speaker/seminar leader Mr. Epstein invariably led a storytelling exercise. He would direct participants to create S.O.A.R. stories, or S.T.A.R. stories (Situation, Opportunity, Action, Result). These are non-fiction stories about accomplishments at work. Mine seldom made the cut because they usually began with a negative statement. In telling the personal story for the workplace, even ahes-on-the-head tradgedies should have a positive slant. Oh, yes–it goes beyond personality (introvert or extrovert) but has everything to do with knowledge and skill. The nature and acquisition of that skill is grist for more thoughts about the personal story.