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Write your personal story

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Even if you aren’t actively looking for a new job, it’s a great idea to keep your résumé up to date should promotional opportunities within your own company arise. But does your résumé reflect who you really are?

A list of accomplishments likely doesn’t paint an exciting picture of the whole you. Use this exercise to jazz up your professional portrait:

  • Write your story. Act as if you are pitching your life story to a book publisher. Share all the facts that have made your life the most interesting thus far. Limit your length to two pages, and be personal and captivating.
  • Share your story with others. Choose three people to read your story. Ask them to list the parts that were the most interesting to them as well as what they think a hiring manager would find most compelling. Ask them to describe the parts that they didn’t like.
  • Compile the feedback. Gather all of your feedback and see what overlaps. Adjust your story accordingly.

— Adapted from “Stop Sending Out Boring Résumés,” Alex Malley, www.linkedin.com.

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