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Decide on your storyline

Decide on your storyline

Creating your narrative involves knowing yourself and being able to articulate an overall story about yourself, including where you are coming from, what you’re seeking, why you feel ready to take on a new role, what kind of company are you looking for, and what value you can add to the hiring company.

Each conversation you have—each networking meeting, each interview, each answer you give—should be shaped by this story.


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Develop your character

Your role as a storyteller is to portray yourself as a winning candidate, so think about the qualities you want to project.

  • Figure out what your true and best qualities are. Enthusiasm ranks very high on the list, as well as passion, confidence, resilience, humility, empathy, and respectfulness.
  • Also, show you learn from each experience, and get results.


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Have a message

A strong and consistent message about yourself will energize every one of your conversations. The encounters you’ll have on your job journey should not be viewed as one-off events. You’ll succeed only when all those meetings reflect the unity and coherence of your message.

A unifying message might sound like this: “I have a passion for marketing, and through a series of increasingly senior positions, I have grown market share and will do so in your firm.” Or, “I have successfully led software teams and am looking to build on this success with a position of broader scope.”


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Structure your scripts

To be dynamic and compelling, you’ll want the scripts you deliver throughout your journey to be well structured.

For each occasion, design a script that has four parts:

  • An opening or grabber
  • Your message
  • Reasons that support your message
  • Engagement or a call to action.


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Learn your lines

Internalize each script, so you deliver your lines with clarity. Make sure you have a script you feel excited about. Once you’re fully invested in it, learn it.

Practicing quietly is excellent, but for the most important meetings, it’s best to rehearse out loud. Practice delivering in front of a coach, friend, or family member. Or record yourself with your phone video camera or computer, so you can review your delivery and analyze it.


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