How to Tell A Professional Story to Employers
Posted on March 5, 2017
You are going to meet a lot of people in your job search. And for each person, you need to be able to talk about what you’re professional interests are and what you are curious about. Every job seeker needs a story. Your professional story helps employers get to know you. They want to know who you are, what you’re studying, and why you are interested in their company. A good professional story can help you stand out from other candidates.
As a international student, you have the all the parts of a good story. You’re from a foreign country. You have a different experience than most American candidates. You’re trying something new. You’re on an adventure!
You need an adventure story.
At interviews and career fairs, employers will say “Tell me about yourself.” Instead of just saying “I’m a student at (name) university” and waiting for a response, you have the ability to tell your adventure story and stand out to an employer. This story, often called an elevator pitch, tells the listener about your interests and career goals. There are several ways to structure a story but start with this framework: before, during, and future of your experience in the US. To help you build your adventure story for future employers, reflect on the answers to these questions:
Why did you choose to study at your university or college? (before)
What are you learning during your time at school? (during)
What subjects or ideas are you curious about? (during)
What do you do for fun outside of class? (during)
What type of work would you like to do after you graduate? (future)