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My main focus is to teach students how to tell their story…

My main focus is teaching students how to tell their story so they can respond to statements such as “Tell me about yourself” or answer questions such as, “Why should we hire you?” or “Why do you want to work here?”

After teaching this topic for many years, I have learned that the key component to a successful job search, is being able to deliver your story.

If you can introduce yourself and describe your current situation; if you can describe what you would like to do ideally; and if you can talk a bit about some of your principles and other qualities, you will be able to communicate more effectively and powerfully with prospective employers.

Your story is everything, and that’s why storytelling is the focus of my workshops.

Workshop 1

How To Tell Your Story and Interview Well During Your Job Search

This is a 2-hour workshop (sometimes longer, sometimes less, depending on the number of students) divided into two parts. During Part 1, I teach students how to tell their story so they’re able to reply to such statements as “Tell me about yourself” or to questions such as “Why should we hire you?” and “Why do you want to work here?” In this workshop students learn the 3 basic building blocks of storytelling, and every student in the class participates in the discussion. It’s a very interactive workshop, resulting in students becoming more confident in how they tell their respective stories.

Part 2 of the workshop focuses on the interview process itself, during which time I teach students how to prepare for an interview, how to engage during an interview and how to follow up afterwards. This discussion is as interactive as Part 1, resulting in students developing a road map to follow so they can present themselves in the best possible light during their job search.

Topics covered during this workshop

Part 1: How To Tell Your Story

Introduction

The 5 critically important steps of the job search process

  • Establish your goals
  • Tell your story
  • Network
  • Set up informational interviews
  • Follow the interview process

Tell Your Story

  • Introduce yourself and explain your current situation
  • Describe what you’d like to do ideally
  • Describe your “inner core”

Sample Elevator Pitch

Class participation

Part 2: How To Interview Well During Your Job Search

Follow The Interview Process

  • Preparation
  • The interview itself
  • Follow-up

Review sample thank you email, letter and phone call

Review sample cover letter

Q&A

Workshop 2

How To Set Up And Conduct Informational Interviews During The Job Search Process

This 90 minute workshop focuses on one critically important step of the job search process: how to conduct fact-finding conversations with qualified professionals who can give you extremely helpful insights about different industries, companies, specific jobs – and general career advice. It’s the most overlooked and most effective tactic of the job search process and is enormously helpful to all job seekers who are trying to create opportunities for themselves.

During this workshop I teach students the 7 steps of the informational interview process, including determining why you want to set up an informational interview, creating a worksheet to help you keep track of your interviewing efforts, researching your target(s), choosing a method of initial contact, preparing for your interview(s), engaging during your interview(s), and following up afterwards.

Topics covered during this workshop

Explanation and discussion of the 7 steps in the informational interview process:

  1. Determine why you want to set up informational interviews
  2. Create a worksheet to help you keep track of your networking/interviewing efforts
  3. Research your target(s)
  4. Choose a method of initial contact
  5. Prepare for your interview(s)
  6. Engage during your interview(s)
  7. Follow up after your interview(s)
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