A book and a resume both tell your story, but in very different ways. When an author sits down to write her true story for a book, she writes down her accomplishments and how she has made a difference in her family, work or the world. She thinks of challenges and conflicts and how she resolved them.
A job seeker lists accomplishments they are proud of and challenges they faced along the way to finding success. Then they give examples or paragraph stories about each accomplishment or challenge and then how they resolved it. Taking the time to write a short story or outline first will help the job seeker create their story in concise bullet points, with examples to fit the team they want to be a part of. Writing your resume as a story first will help you find the important nuggets and then answer the Tell Me About Yourself interview question––that is not really a question––but a heart stopper for some.
Eight similarities between a book and a resume.
The most important difference between a true story and a resume is the length. Your resume is a synopsis of your story. As with your story it is written for your target audience.
Share more ways a book is like a resume.
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Author Nancy J. Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach at Creative LifeWork Design. She is author of the books, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success, Vegetable Kids in the Garden, The Vegetable Kids Cafeteria Club and Vegetable Personality Styles to promote healthy relationships, lifestyles and self-esteem. Nancy publishes professional articles on careers, business and health. She gives presentations on the Vegetable Personality Styles™ she developed based on the four basic vegetables colors and the way they grow. Nancy uses a holistic practical approach to coaching entrepreneurs, professionals, and writers to create business and career success in harmony with their strengths, values, and lifestyle.
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Janet Hignight shared her love of art when I asked her what she likes about drawing characters. She enjoys painting, decorating and hairstyles that all come together as she creates characters and environments for her drawings in The Vegetable Kids Cafeteria Club.
Janet shared what she likes about drawing characters, "I have always been fascinated by people's faces. Everyone has a nose, mouth, eyes and ears but every person looks different. To be able to capture that facial difference in a drawing and make up my own is really a pleasure. It's like connecting with people I invented and bringing them to life. I make them with a personality, dress them and help to put them in situations that are appropriate for them. It's fun to see them come alive through the pencil in my hand. I am excited to get started on a new set of characters for a new story. My mind comes alive, then my hand and pencil, then the character on the page. Even though we are all so different from each other we all have similarities as well. It's that blend that gives life to the faces."
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Life Coach Nancy J. Miller, Fire Up Your Profile For LIfeWork Success and Vegetable Kids in the Garden, has been writing, publishing and coaching new writers and publishers for the last five years. She is an Associate Editor for the National Career Development Association's Career Convergence web magazine and has written professional articles for the web and print.
It took writing and blogging for Nancy to final take action on her first book. Now she loves inspiring writers to keep writing, get their story out of their heads and on to the page, and then share with others.
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Job search is more than a resume. Includes identifying skills you want to use, where you want to work, making a plan, and taking action.
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You have training and experience under your belt, you sent out 20 resumes, and you are still waiting for a response. The good news is there are jobs. The real questions are:
The most important career strategy is knowing what you want. Knowing what is most important to you means knowing your strengths, values, and interests. From there you will need effective strategies for your job search to get the job that is the best fit for you.
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Nancy J. Miller, M.S., Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach
Career, Writing & Creative Problem-solving
Creative LifeWork Design, Inspiring Creativity and Prosperity
These are general interview questions. Interview questions are a great way to practice by first writing down your answers and then practicing them.
Regardless of what the interviewer asks, they want to know how you solve problems and conflicts, how you make decisions, and how well you work in groups or on teams. They also want to know how you communicate verbally. Don’t worry, they are aware that you may be nervous and uncomfortable. It’s ok. Can you carry on a conversation and answer questions under pressure? if not, practice. Start with people you know well, and then talk with someone you don’t know, like a career coach, counselor, or teacher. Your life and work success are worth the effort.
Tell me about yourself.
1. Think about something you are interested in, passionate about, or particularly gifted in. Describe your interests, skills, and experience for the job you are applying. Be prepared to give examples of your successes. Write them down ahead of time and practice saying them. talk to yourself in the mirror and watch your expression. Smile! Practice with a friend or professional. Video tape yourself if needed. The underlying question you are answering is: “Why should we hire you?
2. Why do you want this job?
Make sure you understand the product or service. Think of something you like about the product, customer service, impact on the environment, etc. Give examples of your skills and experience that add value to the company or help them solve a problem. the employer wants to know that you will always portray a positive image of the company.
3. What do you expect to be doing 5 years from now?
Think about how you would like to grow with the company. Describe education, skills, or experience you would like to have in 5 years that would qualify you for a promotion in the company. explain how you could help the company by being in that position.
4. Tell me about a strength/weakness.
You will have no problem explaining your strengths related to the job after completing your portfolio. the weakness question is trickier. One way to answer the question is to discuss a skill or ability that you are weak in and how you compensate for it. example: i like to work independently on a problem or project, but i’ve learned the value of input from others. I’ve had success bringing in collaborators and working on a team when that is the best approach.
5. Describe a problem or conflict and how you solved it.
Think about how you solve problems, make decisions, and
resolve conflicts. Write down examples of each. Be ready to
describe a specific situation at work or school where you
resolved a conflict.
6. What do you know about…
Give examples of how and where you have used the skills
related to the job you want.
7. What would a former supervisor (or colleague) say about you?
Take a moment to think about words colleagues have used to
describe you. For example:
• You really think things through.
• The event you planned was well organized.
• You are an excellent leader.
Ask the interview panel for their names and business cards if possible. Repeat each name as you say hello. Ask a question about the position at the beginning or end of the interview, for example:
• What would a typical day look like?
• How would a person in this position spend most of their
• What is the biggest challenge your company is facing?
• What do you like best about working for this company?
Often, at the end of the interview, the panel will ask if you have anything you’d like to add. Be prepared to say something positive, add additional important information, or reiterate something that you would like to emphasize. Thank the interviewers for their time and attention. Ask when they expect to make a decision. Send a thank you letter in the mail if possible (you may also need to send an email or (fax) to each interviewer.
Stay away from discussing examples of problems that still have emotional impact. Seek professional help for finding ways to discuss difficult situations. Sometimes changing the words you use to describe an experience will help release its emotional hold on you. Avoid talking about your personal life, age, schedule, or religion unless it is relevant to the job. Interviewers sometimes ask illegal questions. employers say interviewees often give too much information.
From the book, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success, Copyright @ 2012, 2016 by Nancy J. Miller.
It's the last day of National Novel Writing Month. I wrote almost everyday on my novel and finished 10,067 words. I connected with writing buddies I hadn't seen in years. Very fun and motivating. The NaNoWriMo goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I was always intimidated by such a lofty goal even though I know stretching to reach a goal, whether I meet it or not, stretches my muscles and takes me farther than I would otherwise go.
November 21, 2010, I set a goal to walk and blog everyday for a year whether I wanted to or not. I wrote about how I could have come up with many excuses to not walk, but I made a commitment. I knew my daily discipline of writing would help me build the skills I need to meet my daily, yearly, and five-year goals.
I set a goal to write two books and publish five in the next year. This seems optimistic since I had yet to finish one of the three books I was been working on. The purpose of a goal is to stretch. It’s like doing exercises. If you never stretch your muscles and reach higher than you think you can, you will never build any strength. Julius Irving, the fifth-highest scorer in professional basketball history said:
“Being professional is doing the things you love to do on the days you don’t feel like doing them.”
I set a goal to write a book and blog because I finally had the freedom to do what I really wanted to do. Then I found out I didn’t always love to do what I wanted to do. I love writing ideas and scenes when I feel inspired. Writing everyday whether I feel like I have something to write, doing editing, and rewriting are work. So it takes a lot of stretching and building writing muscle to reach my goals.
By stretching my goal in 2010, I wrote and published, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success: Your life, Your work, Your Style, and Vegetable Kids in the Garden: Healthy eating, healthy relationships. I am now stretching again to make a goal to finish my novel by this time next year. I wrote it now let's see if I can do it.
Blessings for Health and Prosperity,
Nancy J. Miller, M.S., Creative LifeWork Design
Coaching for Life, Work, and Creativity
Certified Life Coach
Coaching for Career, Writing & Creative Problem-Solving
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