Put simply, a career narrative is an ‘About Me’ style story that’s focused on your life’s work. Think of it as your Swiss Army knife of personal stories. An ever-shifting narrative that serves plenty of purposes.
You might tell a two-minute version in an interview to help you land a plum role, or publish a two-paragraph version on your LinkedIn profile to build your industry influence. You might share a two-line version at a networking event to attract fresh business.
1. SERVE YOUR AUDIENCE
2. INVEST IN YOUR FIRST SENTENCE
3. FLAVOUR YOUR STORY WITH ACTION AND PURPOSE
From the writers of Pixar to the most-viewed TED Talk presenters today, the world’s greatest storytellers use the ‘narrative arc’ storyline to appeal to our emotions. It goes something like this: a relatable character embarks on a mission, faces many struggles along the way, triumphs, and returns home with a lesson to share.
Your story won’t be this action-packed or neatly resolved, as your career is still unfolding. There’s still plenty of people to serve and plenty of path to tread.