You will need to create many stories throughout your job search to showcase your knowledge, skills and abilities. The first type of story that you will want to create is the career narrative. This type of story tells the potential employer who you are at your core and reveals why you are unique compared to other job candidates. This is considered by some to be your unique selling proposition. If done correctly it will reflect your personality and value system to the interviewer.
The story that you create for your career narrative can be about anything; but usually it involves a significant event, challenge or obstacle that you faced in a work environment which details how you overcame it and what lessons you learned. In the course of writing your story you will come away with a better understanding of who you are as a person. You will also be able to draw more stories from this experience that can be used during your job search that will highlight some of your other positive work characteristics and traits.
Keep in mind that you are not limited to creating one career narrative. It is best to create several ones that illustrate different aspects of your personality and accomplishments that you can pick and choose from. When creating your story it is important to be aware of the fact that the person listening has the power to hire you based in part on the personal revelations they receive after hearing the stories that you tell.
Here are a few pointers for getting the most out of your career narrative. First, keep it short so that it can be easily remembered and retold to others involved in the hiring decision. Second, link your past accomplishments to future goals that you have set for your career. Third, do not inflate your career narrative. It is important to remain authentic, reciprocal and transparent when relaying your story to the interviewer. Keep practicing your story with friends and family until your presentation begins comes across as both humble and personable.