When I pick up a resume, I scan to the earliest years.
I’ve found that the older a candidate is, the more likely she is to gloss over those experiences.
I’m not suggesting you include your lemonade stand venture under “work experience.” But I do hope that the practice of rediscovering your early years will help unleash the Lara Galinsky is the senior vice president of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs with ideas for social change.
She is the co-author of Work on Purpose (2011) and Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact (2007).
His talk highlights that even those of us living a clear path need to look backward for inspiration and guidance to move our work forward.Awarding employees with stock options those are dated prior to the actual grant date.The date chosen could be one when the company’s stock was at a low, so the options can be in-the-money at the time of granting itself.I start job interviews with the same question every time: “Tell me about your path leading up to today. ” What happens next is predictable: “My first job out of college was at an international aid organization…” “I worked for a number of years in publishing before I…” “I started out in finance but then…” I typically wait for a pause and ask candidates to start earlier. This is because we typically tell our professional stories beginning with our first job.I tell them that I want to hear the details from their story that illustrate what drives them — their purpose. After all, that’s what’s on our resumes and so it’s the narrative we tell ourselves and others about our work life. In fact, your early years are critical to shaping your core values and authentic, untarnished self.
You might hear a story that surprises you or helps to explain an element of your personality.