How To Tell The Story of Your Work

21st January 2016

 

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Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. ― Joseph Campbell

A resume starts then shapes a new conversation with your work.

Its the story of your work. A testament to your talent. An honouring of you.

It’s an up-to-the-minute concise account of the experience and explorations that lead you to here, in need of something new. It talks of talent, achievement and contribution. The why and what and how. Of you and your special way of doing things.

What talents can you embrace to make the difference you’re here to make?

The resume that steals the limelight is the one crafted with love. Its specificity with its crisp and clear communication invites your right audience to engage and take note of your talent and worth. Tailored and true, it speaks from head and heart. And addressing the nub of the matter, it’s succinct story telling choses every word in context and with care. Do this and you inspire and move your reader to enter the conversation of your work.

Does your resume speak intimately to your right future employer?

Your resume tells people what you stand for while quietly, cradling the lessons, relationship and nature of your work. It reminds you, you’ve been this way before. Noting past triumphs it reminds you of your courage to let go and begin anew. Of your resilience to overcome heart break of losing or tiring of your work and trust, to know you’ll find your self again. In work you love and call your own. 

What lessons and experience have strengthened your courage and resilience?

Bridging past and future work, your resume  invites you to edge ever nearer to the work you’re here to do. To journey, with curiosity and wholeheartedness, beyond your present self prepared to meet your future self. To embrace all and revel in all its potential and possibility.

As you move to write a resume you can find yourself adrift in an unfamiliar sea with a new and distant horizon. Rising and falling, turbulent with contradiction and changing moods it rages resistance and overwhelm. On entering, its intent is to keep you safe in what is known. To deny you the discomfort of growth.

Acknowledge your fear and the heart cracks opens. Be with your desire and future potential. Pause, quieten and focus in readiness to hear the interplay between fierce and fiery revelations and the shyer unfurling insights willing to lovingly guide you on your way. Inviting you to embrace your previously unimagined future.

What might get in the way of embracing your future self?

Returning to the why and wanting of a new conversation with your work strengthens you for the onward journey.  A resume written with integrity calms turbulence, disempowers the overwhelm and pushes through resistance. It brings you to ground with the truth, clarity and power.

You are the hero of your journey. The creator of your work and life.

You enter the forest
at the darkest point,
where there is no path.

Where there is a way or path,
it is someone else’s path.

You are not on your own path.

If you follow someone else’s way,
you are not going to realise
your potential. – Joseph Campbell The Hero’s Journey.

As a writer I help people share their story of work. With love.