A few years ago we introduced a new feature called the Job Journal inside JibberJobber. This is oh-so-valuable.
Let me lean on Beverly Harvey’s post to bring out some of her ideas:
“… these stories are a critical component in your resume, leadership addendum, positioning statement and other marketing collateral, as well as in your interview.”
She is talking about PAR statements (problem/action/result) and also calls them OAR, CAR and STAR.
Here’s a funny thing – during my career I had plenty of PAR situations that I would have used in an interview, on a resume, or in a networking conversation.
However, my brain wasn’t thinking about all the great things I could accomplish. (for more on this read my most popular post: “Depression Clouds Everything“)
It was somewhere between “I’m obviously a loser because I’ve been out of work for ___ months” and “Oh my gosh how am I going to pay ___ bill this month??”
That is what I was thinking.
My ability to remember and think logically was hampered by my immediate needs.
And, the way I was treated as a job seeker made me disbelieve anything good I ever accomplished in my career.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED TO WRITE YOUR STORIES!
If you are unemployed, spend FOUR hours today … TODAY … and brainstorm your PAR statements.
Then, go into JibberJobber and put them in there. You can put 25 entries into the Job Journal as a free (Regular) user… and unlimited if you upgrade.
This is SO critical!