I suppose it’s time to come clean—I started this “30 blog posts in 30 days” challenge while looking for a place to park stories as part of a career transition process.
A transition is an opportunity to look back and learn what our evolving stories have to teach us about where we should/can go next. While a cover letter is one avenue for consolidating the stories we retell about our best selves to remind us who we wish to be, cover letters are merely a shorthand version of those stories told perfunctorily for specific focus and to a specific audience. That audience is not ourselves. This article published in The Muse serves as a reminder that stories need to be written in entirety and held to the light in order to provide perspective, resonance.
Like so many folks who have reaped 20+ years professional experience, I have collected my fair share of stories. My question is now how to best tell those stories in a way that can shape a fingerpost to the future.
What types of stories have shaped your professional narrative? How do you know how to evaluate opportunities as they come? I crave your stories, as I share mine.
What I learned at life today: One’s stories may yet prove a fingerpost to the future.