"Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”
If you haven’t ever created a picture of yourself in words, it may seem like a daunting task. Where would you even begin? You can start by gathering your education, experience, accomplishments, credentials, and skills in a Career Portfolio (you can gather your information in a binder, file, or album).
You decide what you want to share and with whom. Once you write a basic profile you will be able to adapt it to many situations. Use your profile to tell people who you are and what you value. Play around with the words until you come up with something that feels like you.
Depending on where you use it, your profile might be a paragraph or a page. You can adapt your profile for media, a short bio, a cover letter, a proposal or presentation. Choose the voice you want to use (your name or pronoun “I”, or “we”). Looking back at your accomplishments and what led to where you are today will give you the push to move forward.
Whether you are starting a formal career, you are transitioning with years of management experience, or you are reorganizing for retirement, your Fired Up Profile will provide you with the information and tools you need for a commanding introduction. Listen first then connect with common interests.
With your job search tools, your ability to manage your career, and your Career Portfolio of accomplishments you can feel confident wherever you are. You are NOT a job search beggar waiting for an employer to provide you with his meager offering. You know what you want and you are willing to take the steps necessary to find your own personal career success.
The ability to tell your story in different ways will help you respond to the prompt “Tell me about yourself.” As Kathy Hansen says in her book, Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling
to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career, “Knowing how to tell your story makes you unique and gives the interviewer something to like about you.”
When connecting with customers, employers, and partners you want them first and foremost to like you. Why wouldn’t they? You have so many unique talents to share.
DESCRIBE WHO YOU ARE
The first step to finding life and career success is knowing who you are, how to describe your strengths and abilities, and how to confidently say how you make a difference. Use your journal or a page in your Career Portfolio to write about yourself. This is the first step to writing your profile. Write a description of yourself.
- Describe three skills and how you like to use them.
- Write about three strengths or talents you enjoy enough that you would do them without getting paid.
- Name an interest or hobby and why you enjoy it.
- List an accomplishment that made a difference for someone.
- Explain something you have done in your career that added value to your job, business, or responsibilities.
From the book: Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success