- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Jist Works (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593576706
- ISBN-13: 978-1593576707
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career Paperback – April 1, 2009
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"Hansen's passion for applying storytelling to the job search is apparent on every page. A great resource for job seekers." --Rob Sullivan, author, Getting Your Foot in the Door When You Don't Have a Leg to Stand On
"Transforms an interview stumbling block into a natural opportunity to share experiences that help others understand your passions and strengths."
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Our work focuses on self-analysis of one's God given gifts (their uniqueness), branding, resume writing, the use of social networks with an emphasis on LinkedIN, development of networking skills, interviewing, closing the deal, and more recently, STORY TELLING.
Katherine Hansen, Ph.D., with her "Tell About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career" has provided a much needed guide and resource for groups like ours and for all in career or life transition.
Storytelling is a critical communication tool for career success, regardless of walk of life. Human beings are storytelling naturals since we lead storied lives. Good storytelling conveys events that bridge gender, age, and occupational divides to transfer knowledge and experience. Stories engage listeners and are therefore remembered, more than facts. Listening to a story being told can create personal connections and foster a deeper understanding of the storyteller.
"Tell Me About Yourself" begins with the basics of good storytelling, then applies the basics to the job search process - branding, networking, resume writing, cover letters, portfolios, and interviewing. It concludes with the use of storytelling beyond the job search to career advancement - managing organizational transitions, subtle self-promotion, and managing stressful situations. Hansen provides ample examples throughout.
"Tell Me About Yourself" is a hidden gem. I will be using it as part of our ministry curricula and will highly recommend "Tell About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career" to all of our participants.
Katharine, who writes my favorite blog on applied storytelling, interviewed job seekers and studied reams of resumes while earning her doctorate. She supplies step-by-step story construction tips and illustrates her points with actual resumes and cover letters gathered in her research.
She clearly did an exhaustive literature search to gather a wide range of expert opinion on the subject. My only criticism is that Katharine could have synthesized the academic literature a bit more and taken a few risks by providing her own opinion.
Katherine puts the issue well for all of us, whether we are in the job market or are building our careers where we are: We should carefully nurture our own personal brand. And we know the best brands are those that evoke intrigue and emotion through the story that they tell.
I've been at this for a while, but I did find the section on story structures useful, though overlong. In particular, tying the moral of the story - the lesson learned - to future action can be very powerful.
But there are too many stories, and too little analysis and structure, and too many of them are couched in a way that would make me either wince or guffaw if I were the hiring manager. E.g. "At the very instant I read your ad for a Merchandising Specialist, everything clicked. The description of the job became one with my passion, and I knew the match between me and this job was perfect." Please.
Would recommend this book to anyone considering a career change to get them out of the chronological bind of job experience and provide them with fresh ways to discuss their functional work experiences in creative ways.
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