Career Transition. Increase Your Self-Esteem while Creating a Powerful Tool for Your Self-Marketing Campaign: Your Success Stories 

In this article I値l introduce a basic principle of the metasemantic programming technology. This is very effective in creating and maintaining mental states associated with high levels of self-confidence and self-efficacy and you値l feel empowered and energized. This is particularly useful when you face the stressful situation of being out of a job where negative emotions get in your way. But you値l also get something very useful and practical out of it. Once you complete the recommended steps you値l have about ten marketable success stories that you値l be able to convey to potential decision-makers in job interviews or important people you are networking with.

The metasemantic technique applied to the situation of a job search is based on the notion that the actualization of memories associated with great professional accomplishments rekindles, reinforces and sustains the full range of positive emotions that were originally associated with these accomplishments. It is about using your past and systematically applying these techniques to derive strength from it. To reach this you値l need to focus on past achievements. For example, visualize the problem your company faced, how others felt about it, how you felt about the challenge, your take on the problem, your level of expertise, thoughts, strategies, your relationship with coworkers and boss at that time, the action plan and your final accomplishments. Picture the entire situation in your mind痴 eye like in a movie. Appreciate your emotions that this achievement of yours evoked at that time as much as the measurable components of your achievements. Enjoy this 吐ilm for a while. You値l notice many things including those details you handled effectively, which you almost forgot. Stay a little longer and enjoy it all! The goal is to connect deeply with the emotions you most enjoyed and to be able to convey the joy and pride you felt in a compelling fashion to others.

Write the story as if you were telling it to a teenager interested in becoming an executive in the future. Tell him or her how exiting and rewarding the solving of difficult problems can be from your experience. Make sure you are not using acronyms or any other type of professional jargon. Remember not everybody can easily understand your professional jargon, or understand the complexity of a problem you faced and solved in your specific industry. It may take you an hour or more per story. Write at least one page. More is better in this case. Take your time! In the next step condense the story to a maximum of 10-15 lines. This step is about getting your success story across in a strong and precise manner. Focus on the end result and how to make your results understandable to everyone, even someone that has no professional experience in your field. Remember HR people are not experts in your field and even if you talk to an expert in your field it is a sign of strengths if you can talk clearly and straightforwardly.

I would also recommend expanding the success stories to things that are not related to your professional life. Go back to your childhood and young adulthood and search for things that filled you with pride. Why? Because your may discover natural talents that you have forgotten and we all forget about them if we choose a professional path where we cannot use them frequently. This will be important for you to uncover other professional avenues that you can succeed with a higher degree of certainty if you decide to change your career in face of a perhaps protracted downturn in your particular job market.

I promise this exercise is a rewarding experience. You値l find it much easier to pull off (and should do) at least ten highly compelling success stories. Carry them always in your mind. You値l become more self-confident and you値l always be able to pull one of these stories from your repertoire when the situation asks for it.

Simone Silvestri