Here's my take on sharing your story, DON'T.
Rather learn to USE it.
What do I mean by your story? It's the all-in narrative about why there's need for reentry. In other words, how did you get in this position?
Reentry is about getting back on track, in life and work. When it comes to job searching, let me be crystal clear, nobody cares about your story. Prospective employers are interested in what you can do for them.
Is this always true? Of course not. People care and frequently want to help. However, the managers you will meet didn't show up for work hoping to find someone with an interesting story. They have businesses to run, teams to manage, and customers to serve.
Your task is to prepare yourself. To know what the manager wants and needs so that you can talk about THAT and not your stuff. Your story will have to come at some point and when it does, you want to be able to manage the delivery. To know how, when, and exactly what to say about it.
Long before you consider the specifics of any job, you must have slogged through your story. You need to WORK at this. And yes, it does involve sharing, with your support group back-at-the-ranch, NOT extemporaneously while out on job search.
When it comes to your story, winging it doesn't fly. Buried deep in every story is emotion, lots of heavy raw emotion. Trust me, this will come out in counterproductive ways unless you exorcise it before putting one foot on the job search path.
A well-crafted, truthful story can be a powerful thing. It's energy is derived from content and delivery, neither of which "just happens".
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