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The STAR method is an easy and effective way to organize your past work experience. Using it teaches you how to highlight your accomplishments and previous positions effectively. But how does the STAR method work? Well, there are four steps.
Situation – The way in which a circumstance is affected by its surroundings, position, or employment.
Think of a situation. Begin by describing your achievements during a project or assignment you took on. What exactly happened? Be sure to keep it positive.
Example: Within a year of establishing our new restaurant, we served over 90,000 customers while executing a new recruitment strategy after the COVID 19 pandemic.
Explain what you needed to do for this project. It could’ve been an editing job, and you had to be strategic while correcting errors. Whatever you did, keep it brief, but make sure people understand what you were assigned.
Example: As Executive Chef, I proposed numerous marketing strategies for hiring team members and increasing company profits.
Action – The state or process of doing something or being active.
What was your Action and how long did it take you? Talk about what you did to fix the problem.
Example: Within six months, our team developed and launched our redesigned our company branding style while promoting open positions to media outlets.
Results – Something that follows naturally from a particular action, operation, or course.
You did it! You finished the mission, so now talk about how things changed for the better. How did your action affect your results?
Example: Today, we have 40 corporate chains across the U.S. with over 3,000 employees who have dedicated their talent and efforts to grow our business.
It’s a good idea to start adding to this section right away since this is where recruiters and hiring managers look first in your experience section.
When filling out the
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network” setting to “Off”
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type,” select the type of
job you had. If you have
Experience as an intern,
choose the “Part-Time”
field instead or leave it
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You are ready to be seen and found by recruiters and hiring managers! Great job!
If you already have
Experience on your
LinkedIn profile but need
to update it, select the edit
pencil next to your
Your profile is now ready to be in the spotlight!
Hot Tip #1:
Remember what we talked about in the last episode? Keywords and phrases are how
hiring managers and recruiters search for you. Look up keywords pertinent to your
desired career. Sprinkle them throughout your profile and summary. Reaching out to
recruiters can be intimidating, so make them come to you!
Hot Tip #2:
Wouldn’t it be terrible if all your hard work were lost? Imagine completing a complex
task, only to lose it all as if you spent your entire life’s savings at a Vegas casino. To
prevent this, always make sure to save your work. Doing this will store your data and
progress, so you can return later with the completed elements you saved.
We’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating. Make it your goal to reach 500 LinkedIn connections. Doing so will help your profile appear more often in searches, which increases your chance of connecting with people from your top companies. Having a larger audience also means more social engagement. Sharing and commenting on posts
related to your career goals will also help you stand out.
Your credibility will also increase on a national and global scale! Whether you’re a graphic designer, interested in HR, or identify as a financial guru, your LinkedIn posts and personality will help display your brand. The more connections you have, the more people will find you and help connect you to opportunities. If you want to get
noticed, earning 500 connections is the goal!