Your Storied Resume and You: Are You Standing in a Social Media Fog?

by | Sep 26, 2019

Do you have a storied resume?

You need to have a storied resume with continuous development, so that you're not left panicking if there is a sudden change to your situation.

It’s all become quite clear, in an overwhelming, sometimes noxious sort of way. Some people get social media. Others are in the learning curve process. And still others just don’t seem to have a clue.

There is a lot of fog around developing and then using your storied resume

Some people think it’s all about ATS, gaming the system and / or building a structure that can’t lose once you zoom your resume into cyberspace. Others consider the resume an adjunct to the conversations that they just know will arise once they begin pinging their database of contacts.

Still others are clueless. They figure they’ll unearth the secret rules about job search when they are in dire need. Maybe they’ve lost a job, quit a company, been downsized and/or are simply weary of their current job.

The truth is, the way we share our stories is different, but other strategies remain the same

We have a virtual internet highway that criss-crosses every town, state, country. It enables access to just about anyone onto which you want to push your story. However, the way we get noticed is not so different to how it’s always been.

It’s about organically and intentionally building your well before you’re thirsty. You want to be on someone’s radar when they have an opening for your talent. You need to build relationship and career capital by giving to others first. Support their goals, enhance their visibility, refer them to opportunities when you are able to be a match-maker.

Using your storied resume is not about pummeling people’s in-boxes

It’s not about canvassing every person who looks like they could help you at the time of need. You don't need to just jam their in-boxes with your resume and your ask. It’s not about expecting to task people’s time and resources. Most people are too busy trying to keep their own plates spinning. They are trying to keep their own revenues restored and/or tending to their own family and friends commitments.

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Organically build your career foundation

Develop your career foundation continuously. Making it a daily habit and routine helps to fortify your career highs and alleviate your career lows.

Have meaningful conversations along the way, offering value and insight to others. And, then when you expectedly — or unexpectedly — find yourself in need of a new position, a new company, a new city, a new challenge, you are not starting from ground zero. You have warm opportunities and relationships with potential for deeper development.

You have built career (and hopefully revenue) reserves in which to dwell as you transition. This is far better than scrambling as if the walls of your life were crumbling about you. You have people and companies with whom conversations can continue, instead of a cold, hard push for employment.

While this may sound ideal and unrealistic for some, the reality is that it is necessary. You don't want to be found adrift and without a career rudder. And, if you’ve found yourself in this unfortunate position, then learn from it for next time.

Start today.

Take action.

Find the traction.


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Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, owner + Chief Career Writer at, is 1 of only 50 master resume writers + has crafted >1,500 interview-compelling career stories. Her BA in writing/journalism allows her to apply a journalist's eye to your career.
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