Many PR pros are fantastic storytellers.
If creative thinking and a flair for language helped you land an entry-level marketing position years ago, there’s no good reason those traits can’t help you make a career shift now.
Forbes’ list of four résumé fixes that’ll make you way more popular with recruiters advises using your storytelling prowess to craft a compelling message in your résumé.
Here’s how Forbes says to do that:
[To use] your résumé to tell a compelling story of your myriad accomplishments, you need context. Did you roll out a new CRM system? Be sure to mention that you also evaluated multiple platforms, identified the system most suited to your organization’s needs and negotiated the contract. Your accomplishments will be best illustrated if you also provide the backdrop for which to showcase them.
If you’re a seasoned storyteller without any relevant workplace examples to share, don’t fret. The Muse‘s career advice writer, Aja Frost, says drawing from your personal life is OK, too. She also advises honing your “soft skills,” such as communications and leadership abilities.
“If you’ve done something cool in your personal life that either shows off your soft skills or engages your technical skills in a new way, you should definitely include it,” Frost says. “Maybe you’ve run a couple marathons, [which would] demonstrate your adventurous spirit, strong work ethic and desire to challenge yourself.”
To really catch a hiring manager’s attention, recruiters say to let your creative juices flow and draw inspiration from your real-world experiences.
Test your linguistic prowess by pursuing a job with Indeed.com, which is seeking a Texas-based content marketing manager . Candidates for this position should be experienced in creating compelling content for keynote speeches, client presentations and webinar presentations.
“We’re a high-energy team with a passion for creating and storytelling,” the job description states.
Not the job for you? See what else we have in this week’s professional pickings:
Junior publicist— NBC Universal (New York)
Communications intern— Engility Corp. (Virginia)
Digital analyst— Edelman (California)
Director in internal communications— PetSmart (Arizona)
Worldwide media relations— Hewlett Packard Enterprise (California)
Public relations intern— VelvetJobs (New York)
Social media editor— WebMD (Georgia)
Marketing coordinator— The Unique Collection of Hotels & Resorts (Thailand)
Communications and social media manager— Friendship Circle of Michigan (Michigan)
Product manager— Networked Insights (Illinois)
Associate editor, social media— McKinsey & Co. (New York)
Digital marketing manager—French Lick Resort (Indiana)
Communications specialist— Architech (Canada)
Policy editor— RealClear Media Group (Washington, D.C.)
Social media coordinator— Standard Market (Illinois)
Communications and PR manager— Aquent (New Jersey)
Public relations account executive—MP&A Digital & Advertising (Virginia)
Marketing intern— Global Payments (Georgia)
Senior marketing communications manager— ETA hand2mind (Illinois)
Health editor— Rodale (Pennsylvania)
Marketing specialist— Ontic (California)
Public relations and social media manager— MorphoTrust USA (Massachusetts)
Digital PR coordinator— Media Storm (New York)
Reporter/social media producer— Sinclair Broadcast Group (Missouri)
Vice president of marketing— Paladin (Illinois)
Marketing internship— Marriott Intl. (Austria)
Motion designer (marketing)— MailChimp (Georgia)
Graphic designer— Sagitec Solutions (Canada)
Digital senior media planner— Greater Than One (New York)
Assistant vice president of tourism and marketing—Simon Property Group ( New Jersey)
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