Many successful leaders do not have a linear career path. In fact, breadth of experience and exposure to a range of disciplines and industries can be highly valued and lead to fantastic professional opportunities.

However this is not always the case. Sometimes your unusual career path doesn’t tick all the boxes of the hiring manager and they can’t see how your skills and experience can be transferable.

This HBR article offers some useful advice on how to translate your less-traditional career path into a clear story that connects the dots and turns you into a strong candidate. It recommends identifying themes that run through your professional life. Then turning your theme into a story.

It’s a simple idea that can be quite powerful if done well.

Read here: Turning Your Complex Career Path into a Coherent Story by Anna Ranieri, HBR, August 14, 2015.

Related article: How to map out your unique career path by Dev Aujla, www.theglobeandmail.com,


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