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Command Your Audience through a Story-Based Resume

By January 14, 2020 Career Tips, Resumes

If you think your storytelling skills are only useful for authors and getting the kids off to sleep, think again. The ability to tell great stories can also be a powerful tool for career success. Storytelling is useful in many different scenarios – from job interviews to gaining buy-in for a special project through to motivating and managing people. It can be a powerful way to engage, intrigue and persuade.

Let’s go back in time for a minute … Stories have existed long before recorded history, and the telling of stories has changed forms drastically throughout the ages.  From cave painting to novels to movies, stories have always fascinated mankind.  Although the methods have changed, the desire to tell and hear stories has remained unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life and people in general.

How does this translate into career storytelling? I’m glad you asked.

Our brains are wired for story.

A well-told story engages more parts of the brain and allows for better memory retention.

When reading or listening to a story, we enter into a similar brain state with the storyteller.

In the modern art of career storytelling, writers dig deep into their client’s psyche to uncover their unique value and career stories and articulate their value proposition in a compelling way.

  • What if your resumes and online profile were releasing love and attachment hormones when employers were reading them?
  • What if your story-based career documents were intriguing your readers instead of boring them?
  • What if your unique value sang through a compelling message and authentic voice?

Storytelling can help you to convey information to your audience in interesting and memorable ways. 

In my work as Australia’s first and only Certified Career Story Teller, I apply strong knowledge of business to ask the questions that get to the heart of the story—important context and details that clients wouldn’t think to reveal without my guidance. This knowledge enables me to take client information and metrics to present a compelling, story-based value proposition. In my opinion, this same level of complexity is rarely achieved through traditional resume writing.

Are you ready to take your career documents to another level? At Total Resumes, we create story-based documents for executives and aspiring leaders worldwide. With a 99% client interview-winning success rate, we are well-placed to help with your career advancement. Check some of our work here: https://www.totalresumes.com.au/samples-of-our-work/

Author Carolyn Whitfield

TORI-Nominated, Multi-Certified Resume Master & Coach ★ 12+ Yrs Expertise ★ 98% Client Interview-Winning Success Rate. As an executive resume expert who has carved a strong reputation in the resume industry, I’ve helped thousands of rising stars and executives worldwide ascend to the next step on the career ladder.

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