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Exploratory Career Community

Tell Your Story

How do you convey all the stuff you do? How can you share with someone what inspires you? What about all that you are learning at UR? Your professional story is who you are and what you're all about. Your task is to define it, translate it to a professional audience, and present it in the most effective way possible.

A compelling story communicates your most meaningful experiences, competencies, and accomplishments to an audience. The most common mediums to tell your story are through resumes, cover letters, applications essays, online profiles, networking/informational conversations and interviews. We can help at the Greene Center with all of these, and help you craft your story over your time at the University of Rochester.

Resources and Ideas to Help Tell Your Story

  • A great plan to start telling your story is through a tailored resume, CV, and cover letter! The Greene Center offers templates as guides to help get you started.
  • Align the story you are telling through your social media presence (The Meliora Collective, Handshake, LinkedIn and other platforms) with your search documents so that you are telling a cohesive professional story!
  • Create a web-based portfolio that highlights your skills and projects competencies. This web-based portfolio can highlight different projects you’ve completed, and also will showcase that you can create an online portfolio. Consider using WordPress, GitHub, or other online portfolio or data repository websites.
  • Practice your interview skills.Practice with colleagues, your network, and Greene Center advisors.

Enroll in Courses at UR That Can Help You Explore and Tell Your Story

CASC 104: Design Your Life (+Career!) is an eight-week dynamic course that applies a design-thinking framework and mindset to career exploration and development. Students will learn to get curious, try stuff out and talk to people through experiential activities in and out of the classroom, self-reflection, readings and discussion. Through successful completion of this course, students will be able to design their experiences at Rochester and beyond, and be better equipped to adapt to change and disruption while navigating academic and career decisions.

WRT 27X: Offered through the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program, the WRT 27X series is designed for students in certain majors to explore professionalism, career identity, and how to communicate these to others.

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