cynthia rojas

Sell Yourself with Story: 3 Tips for Job Hunters

Thinking about changing careers? Seeking a new job? Looking to advance into a leadership position? Cynthia Rojas recommends using storytelling as a tool to showcase your accomplishments and value.

Cynthia is a veteran storyteller who has performed in events and competitions throughout New England, including The Mouth-off, New Haven Storytellers, Story City Troupe, Tellabration, The Story Space, MassMouth, and Stories from the Stage. In November 2019, she placed second in the Hartford Story Slam and in January 2020 she won the audience choice award at MassMouth Story slam. She uses her storytelling skills to provide leadership, coach professionals, and help people build confidence in their careers.

Cynthia will be sharing her expertise with the Arts & Ideas audience in a free workshop on Saturday, May 16 at 3 PM. Learn more about the workshop and register here.

Today, we caught up with Cynthia to learn her top three tips for job hunters.

Know your value. "Be ready to talk about your accomplishments. Not just what you have done or your tasks but what you accomplished."

Learn your story. "The most common question at an interview is 'Tell me about yourself.' Be ready to answer to that question. One of the reasons we're so nervous during interviewing is because we don't know what to expect, but if you come to an interview with your stories and are prepared to answer that question, you won't let your nerves get the best of you. 

Master the virtual space. "We have to prepare for two things when doing virtual interviews: the technical aspect of interviewing--being familiar with video conferencing, proper lighting, a proper background--and the interview. It's important to focus on both equally; employers want to know that you came prepared and can handle the use of technology, even if you've just learned it!"