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How skilful storytelling can get you the job Logo cgma

  Andrew Kenney |   Free |   Nov 2018 |   FM magazine

When applying for a job, particularly at senior levels, it is not enough to simply list qualifications and experience. Employers are interested in the person and not only successes but how they have dealt with problems as they have arisen. This article suggests that the ability to articulate how someone deals with these issues can create a sense of reality and trust in the individual.

Topics covered:
  • Management accounting: People: Communication, Advanced

2 Comments/Reflections

Keerat Sond

Keerat Sond Jan 2019

I now place more emphasis on my journey rather than a list of many qualifications when meeting new colleagues. This indicates a good working attitude, rather than pride; potentially a good future teamworker. I feel confident approaching new people including seniors, and leading an engaging icebreaker conversation.

Good storytellers can make this impression last longer – the STAR technique helps to plan and structure answers. I will work on this to improve my own story and introducing myself. On a wider scale, I will help my team to do this also and to track their own achievement lists and journals. This will help them when measuring targets and personal goals set with managers as part of the HR Development plan across the company.
Gabriella Straughan

Gabriella Straughan Dec 2018

The article highlighted the importance of focusing on the route to the achievement and not merely the listing of them.

I will review my CV and ensure that I hightlight what I achieved in my prevoius roles and what routes I took and decisions I made in the process.