Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Navigating the Fall Job Search

Your Story Started Roundup for September 21, 2021

Welcome to Story Started

Welcome to the first edition of Story Started: your bi-weekly digest of the latest and greatest in professional development, personal branding, career storytelling, digital brand building, and resume polishing.

In short, we take the best resources from across the web and share them with you, with a healthy dose of our industry knowledge.

What I’m Reading This Week

Fall has arrived. The leaves are changing. And people are changing jobs. It’s career fair season and job searching season. These are a few of my favorite reads from the last two weeks on best practices from searching for a job to sealing the deal.


To Search for a Job

The time has come to start applying! What do you do next?

Jenny Foss suggests 6 Job Search Tips That Are so Basic People Forget Them in The Muse.

The Short of It:
  • Mirror, mirror on the … resume: use the words that the job application uses to ensure you make it past the initial computer review (see more about this in my last blog).

  • And – on that note, make sure it’s relevant to every position you apply to by updating it to reflect that job description.

  • Make connections at the company – and work that LinkedIn profile of yours (Don’t have one? We can help).

  • Say Thank You: a little gratitude goes a long way.


To Make Your LinkedIn Shine:

Does your LinkedIn summary paint a picture of who you are?

The Summary is your space to tell the interviewer and hiring manager who you are, why you do what you do, and what you bring to the table.

I enjoyed this read from The Muse on 4 Key Elements of a Stellar LinkedIn Summary

The Short of It:
  • Be yourself.

  • Use first person.

  • Remember your audience.

  • Give the reader a next step to take (to my fellow marketers – think of it as a “call-to-action”).

Bonus Tip:

Let your true self shine: hook your audience from the first sentence by including an unexpected detail about yourself, bold statement, or anecdote. Then, tie it to the “why” behind your career.


To Get Ready for Your Interview:

You’ve reached the end of your interview. You take a moment to exhale, you’ve made it. Then comes the often-paralyzing final question from the interviewer: “Do you have any questions for us?”

You will, with a little help from 6 Questions to Ask in Every Job Interview from The Everygirl.

The Short of It:

Use a combination of questions around

  1. The role, its responsibilities, and stakeholders.

  2. The interviewer’s experience of working at the company.

  3. What comes next.

Bonus Tip:

Ask a question around how you would fit into the organization to test the waters and encourage the interviewer to imagine you in the position.

Need a hand with interview prep? We can help. Get in touch to learn how to take your interviewing skills to the next level.


That’s it for this week! Stay tuned for the next edition of Story Started in two weeks.

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