STAR Stories Make You a Star!
- S – Situation, the background – when where, who and why
- T – Task or tasks, you need to be specific here – exactly what were you required to do and what was the required outcome?
- A – Action, what you did and what skills you used, how you behaved?
- R – Result – Outcome, what happened – what were the benefits and how could you measure them? How did the organisation respond?
- Use your laptop or simply get a notebook and note down all the good things you have achieved. We are talking here about your personal successes!
- Don’t spend time on the things that you don’t feel good about
! But a whole programme or initiative doesn’t have to have been a success for your part of it to be something you are proud of!
- Now pick at least 10 achievements across your career. It will help you later if you include at least five from the more recent past. But there is no limit to how many STAR stores you can produce.
- For each achievement, write a STAR story, setting out what happened and clearly explaining your contribution.
- Of course you can write as much or as little as you like about each success. But at this stage about one page of A4 for each is usually sufficient.
- Start with your early achievements and work forward.
- Do your research if necessary about times, places and events. You are building a portfolio to be proud of so make sure your stories are accurate!
- After you have completed each story take a pause and review! Enjoy your success. When you have completed five lay them out before them and feel proud – I bet you had forgotten how good your were!
- When you are ready, type them up and print them out on good quality paper!
- Put them in a folder with your name on the front!
You have begun – your job search portfolio has its foundations.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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