Job Search-Stories Matter

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Individuals that are laid off clearly experience a seminal moment.  It will forever influence their approach to career branding and planning.   How one reacts to this moment will serve as a proxy for the next phase of their career.

 

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1941 is best known as the year the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.  December 7, 1941 will forever be a moment etched into everyone’s mind.  Everyone can conjure up a vision of the Kamikaze pilots either from actual film footage or Hollywood generated re-enactments.  The events of that day forever impacted the history of the world.

For sports fans, 1941 is also well known as the year Ted Williams had a .406 batting average playing Major League baseball for the Boston Red Sox.  This was the last time anyone playing in the Major’s accomplished this feat.  As impressive and amazing as that is, there are two lesser known subplots to William’s feat that offer job seekers a moment to ponder their own plight.

  • During 1941 spring training, Ted Williams broke a bone in his right ankle.    The injury was devastating to the young Williams. He was forced to think back on all the preparation he had put in for the season and the possibility the injury could ruin his season.  Instead he immediately started on rehabilitation and teaching himself a slightly modified swing that changed his weight shift.  For the first two weeks of the regular season he was forced to play only a part time role as a pinch hitter.   

 

Despite, setbacks how will you make adjustments and persevere in your job search?

 

  • On the final day of the 1941 season, Williams had a .39955 batting average.  Statistically his average would have been rounded up to an even .400 if he’d chosen to sit out the final days double header. However, Williams was never one to back down from any challenge.  He believed in himself and played the final day and had an astounding 6 hits in eight at bats to raise his average to .406.  It was the finishing touch on an astounding accomplishment. 


Are you ready to take a chance on re-engineering your career path? 

 

Interviewers look for resilient, confident people. If you do not believe in yourself, it will make it more difficult for others to believe in you.

 

Did you know, stories are remembered more often than facts? 

 

Think about this as you enter your next interview. Saying you increased productivity by x% is less memorable (and thus less effective) than telling the story of why, when and how you increased productivity. Prepare stories that capture who you are, and how you can make a difference for the hiring manager.

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