It’s Your Story… So Tell It

Studies have shown that, on average, recruiters spend six seconds reviewing a resume. What does this mean? You have to present your career story in a manner that will grab recruiters, draw them in, and leave them wanting to meet the author.

Here is how to tell your career story.

Start by taking the time to outline your story.
Take stock of your skills, your experience, and your interests. Look at where you have been. Define where you want to be. In short, go back to what you learned in school about writing a story. Determine the beginning, middle, and end. Then take the time to identify the highlights — your accomplishments that feed the story. Weave these together, and you have the makings of a strong career story.

Put the story on paper and on LinkedIn.
We are living online these days, so you have to cover your bases. In both places, take the time to read and re-read your story. Ask yourself whether it makes sense. Ask yourself if it tells your story — past and future. Check the spelling. Check the grammar. Spell check again, and check the grammar again.

Before you finalize your story, have at least one person read it over.
Ask that person to provide feedback and really mean it. Then ask that person to go over it one more time with a fine-toothed comb. Errors are not acceptable.

We'd love to hear your story. What brought you to the electronics industry and the supply chain? What have the highlights been?

16 comments on “It’s Your Story… So Tell It

  1. _hm
    February 7, 2014

    I do not agree with six second figure. There are multiple people involved and some person do spend much more time.


  2. Eldredge
    February 7, 2014

    You don't get a second chance to make a first impression – error free writing is very important for uour resume and your link-in presentation.

  3. _hm
    February 8, 2014

    @Rich: I agree with you. More often, first line recruiter are non-technical or rustic and I consider them ignorant lot.

    Dynamically growing organization do not employ them.


  4. Wale Bakare
    February 8, 2014

    It goes beyond story nowadays. Job seekers must demonstrate strong candidatures, especially in technical fields that crave much for results and efficient designs. If the required experience and skills not showing, chance of getting the job is very slim. Telling story? I'm not sure of its importance.

  5. Wale Bakare
    February 8, 2014

    >>It means you should avoid that company like the plague<<

    You must have knowing the modus operandi of the company before hand, otherwise your CV would still get scanned.


  6. Eldredge
    February 8, 2014

    It has been my experience that you need to tailor your resume to the position for which you are applying. Parts of your story may not be relevant, and therfore should not be a prominent part of the resume.

  7. Susan Fourtané
    February 11, 2014


    In some occasions it works better to tailor your resume to the position you are applying. However, briefly including some of your other skills and experience, even if they are not relevant to the position, may help the interviewer have a wider idea of the kind of person you are.

    For instance, if I see someone has attended plenty of courses, even if they are not relevant to the position, I may think that the person is active learning new stuff, keeping up with new developement.

    I may see they have interest in improving themselves, which always means they are better asserts than those who are more passive and limit themselves to what they need to know for a particular position. You see? 


  8. Eldredge
    February 11, 2014


        Of course, all of the things you mention may be beneficial in a resume if the person reviewing the resume is of like mind. But your resume must get past the electronic screening process to a real person in the first place. I certainly agree that it helps to be able to show both depth and breadth.

  9. Ariella
    February 12, 2014

    @Susan quite true, resumes really are not one-size-fits-all, though that doesn't mean that you have to leave out everything that does not relate directly to the position you seek.

  10. Eldredge
    February 23, 2014

    @Ariella – Anything that supports your qualifications must help. It's really diificult sometimes to know what content will get you in for the interview.

  11. jbond
    February 24, 2014

    I agree with some of the comments but you have to cater your resume to each individual position. If you don't, we won't look at your resume. It does need to pass the electronic scanner, which also requires that you cater your resume to each position. Other skills and certifications are helpful because employers don't always put all of the qualifications or skills they would like in the job description. Your other skills and certifications also show that you are working toward improving yourself. LinkedIn is also very important; we look for a LinkedIn profile on each of our candidates. Unfortunately many times we won't call someone who doesn't have a LinkedIn profile and isn't networking with other people. Networking is also very important. I am speaking from the point of an executive recruiter that works with many companies and there are so many things that if they are not included will exclude you right away. You also don't want to put too much in your resume because then you have nothing additional to talk about in your interview process.

  12. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    February 24, 2014

    @Jbond, today and perhaps always “who you know” has also been critically important. Digital communications (resume online submission) and the rest is very anonymous but if someone within the organization is championing you. I love technology, but in the end it often comes down to people.

  13. Nemos
    February 24, 2014

    I will not write about my feelings while I was reading the article and in particular those lines referring to the time that a recruiter spent on a resume. My conclusion, don't bother!!! Start your own business…..

  14. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    February 24, 2014

    @Nemos, don't despair! Six seconds can be a lot if you use the time wisely.

  15. jbond
    February 25, 2014

    Hailey – I agree who you know does go along way but if the companies are using a recruiter they don't take in to account who you know anymore because they are trying to moving things along more quickly and the larger companies don't care who you know many times. The smaller companies definitely care who you know. It really depends. There is hope for anyone with good skills and the right qualifications.

  16. Eldredge
    February 27, 2014

    @jbond – Thank you for providing some insight from the recruiting side of the relationship. I recently found myself in the job market, and I spent a lot of time working to tailor my resume for the positions that I was seeking.  I found that there was as wide a range in the quality of job postings as there probably are in submitted resumes, and I could tell which companies spent time in accurately describing the skills they needed, compared with those who did not. The quality of the description gave me a sense (I'm not sure if real or imagined) of how seriously they wanted to fill the opening.

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