By Lily Zhang | The Muse
You’ve probably noticed that the whole job application process only lets you have a few short interactions with a company before the people there make a decision that affects your life. Needless to say, it’s a bit of a broken system—but it’s what we have to work with for now.
One way to work with it is learning how to tell your story consistently in bite-sized chunks so that the hiring manager knows you well enough to say, “Yes, hire her today!”
So, the big question is: What’s your story?
If answering that feels a bit daunting to you, don’t worry—you don’t actually have to respond. Here’s where you can actually use the broken system to your advantage. Since you’re not really going to have the chance to tell your full story anyway, you should focus instead on the three main points you want to get across about yourself.
These should include what your skills are, what motivates you, and what sets you apart. For the sake of this article, let’s say the three are: You have data science skills, you’re motivated by helping people, and you’re passionate about travel.
Now that we have those set, we can take a look at how you can work them in throughout the process.