Career Storytelling: Writing Your Résumé for Your Paradise Job

Paradise. “The hike was steep, but the air was cool. The slopes of the mountains rose in pleated folds like a wedding dress, the creases rising and falling gently around us, the dewy grass, slick and dazzling with a wet emerald gloss.”

As the story unfolds, it speaks of a beautiful and bountiful garden at the top. Violets. Orchids. Lush ferns. Wild roses, creamy yellow, with the smell of honey wafting in a gentle breeze. Luke, the main character, is on quest for inner peace—and the perfect life.

What is paradise for you? Is it sipping piña coladas on the beach? Is it walking along narrow inland roads, past waterfalls cascading over moss-covered rocks and vegetation? Or is it your ideal job, one with purpose, one that provides the greatest satisfaction, and that allows you to work flexible hours in a collaborative environment—and provides the income you seek?

Whatever this “paradise job” means to you, your résumé must tell your story, present your value proposition, and demonstrate your deliverables succinctly and powerfully, with quantitative—bottom-line and/or qualitative results.

What does it take to make you a career storyteller vs. a shopping-list teller of responsibilities?
It requires careful thought. It requires the ability to understand your value and translate it to the needs of the hiring executive. And it requires showing the employer that you will deliver far more than it will cost to hire you. It must also reflect your critical-thinking skills—and demonstrate your role in solving problems.

In your résumé, stories within your accomplishments excite the reader, and later—expansion of these stories during the interview—create a bond with the hiring manager, and enable “closing” (helps you get the job).

There’s a misconception about the purpose of the resume. The misconception: a resume gets you the interview. But therein lies the fallacy; rather, the purpose of the resume is to show value, and the further you stray from this precept, the closer you are to failure.

Doug Morrison
5/1/19, 5/2/19