Sometimes, in fact often, showing a picture is better than trying to explain something. Here are suggestions on how to show and tell your experience.
Explaining With Pictures
Have you ever been trying to explain something and gotten that blank “I-don’t-know-what-you-are-talking-about” stare in return? In Is This Thing On, I talk about Lee Lefevre’s approach to explaining. Lee founded Common Craft and you may have seen one of their “In Plain English” videos…here’s one on Protecting Reputations Online.
I loved hearing a story this week from a job seeker who used a diagram to backup her claim that she could map out a process for improved efficiency. But this job seeker did NOT just whip out her diagram as she told the story. She gauged the interviewer’s interest. When the interviewer asked follow-up questions, the document was presented. Of course there wasn’t any proprietary information on the diagram.
Make a list, check it twice. What evidence do you have to support your claim?
- Newsletter articles
- Work samples
Psst, Infographics Are Trending
Infographics are a hot, rising trend! A good infographic is supposed to simplify complex information. I love a good infographic. In fact, I often share them on my Career Sherpa Pinterest page. If you don’t follow me over there, go have a look!
I’m An Excellent….
You fill in the blank. If you say communicator, then I would expect proof- writing samples of published work, a list of presentations or events you’ve spoke at, or better yet a video. If you say you are super at project management, ditto. What kind of proof can you present?
Start Gathering Your Documentation NOW
Begin collecting testimonials, screenshots, and examples and remember to keep them on your personal device! This makes it easier to share on the go!
Don’t Stop Here
Share! Make it easy for people to see this stuff! Post it to your LinkedIn profile or personal website! Share it as a status update on LinkedIn too! Ask your network to take a look and provide feedback! If you are looking for more specific recommendations for how to include this stuff on your Linked profile, take a look at Make Your LinkedIn profile Media Rich.
Do you have an online portfolio? Or have you used visual content to prove a point? I’d love to hear!