Thursday, September 13, 2018

29 of 58 for 58: Get Clear About Your Story

I've long struggled to craft a compelling and coherent professional story.  I grappled with how to explain disparate experiences in my career. I didn't quite know how they fit together in a way that made sense, even just to me.

I suffered as a result. Consider this example. I had an interviewer comment negatively on a significant professional choice. I started consulting in public relations after a relatively short stint in the field (4 years). That decision struck her as ill-advised. I hadn't given the matter much thought, and didn't have the words to explain why I did what I did when I did it. I was not asked to interview further for this job. 

It took time and many false starts, but I've since gained clarity about the arc of my career. I now have the language to confidently explain specific choices I've made. 

Yet I continue to polish my story. I can make it clearer and more compelling. It's an ongoing challenge because as the world changes, I must continue to adapt.  

The bottom line is that I know I need to be clear about my story. I know I need to continue to work on it, lest I fall into professional irrelevance.  

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