As a freelancer, Afeef Nessouli knows how difficult it is to ensure he is constantly busy and has a steady stream of projects instead of just having them crop up. As he says, “It is an endless hustle!”
Recently, we introduced Backstory and Afeef added it to his about.me page in order to find projects and collaborators on the platform. With such a fascinating array of jobs and experiences outlined on his page and Backstory, we decided to take the opportunity to interview him in depth about who he is and how he takes advantage of about.me.
Since releasing Backstory, we’ve seen tons of users add it to their pages, so as you’re building out yours, we want to share some great pages and tips to make your Backstory stand out.
Today we’re taking a look at student and photographer, Noukka Signe (in our header image) whose page, background photo and Backstory really impressed us. Specifically, we’re taking a closer look at how she uses her Location to show where she’s looking for work.
When I worked as a local television news reporter in New York City, I walked into my news director’s office one day. He was in the midst of watching video reels of reporters who had sent them in from across the country with the hopes of getting a job at the station.
The problem, as I saw it, was that my news director wasn’t really watching the reporter’s reels. He would insert a DVD, press play, watch for a few seconds, and then eject the DVD. To confound matters further, the volume was muted on the television. He couldn’t hear one word that the reporters were saying. I was confused.
The quote is one of our favorite features on Backstory and we’re excited to see tons of great ones go up in that section in just a couple of weeks. However, if you’re job hunting, that space can be a great place to put your career or job objective. A few weeks ago we gave some tips on how to write a compelling career objective. Now, you can put those tips to good use for your Backstory.
Ben Lippert, in our header photo, is a great example of someone using the quote section perfectly for this exact purpose. Here’s his objective below.
Since releasing Backstory just last week, we’ve seen an incredible amount of people add the feature to their pages. As you’re building out your Backstory, we want to share some great pages and tips to help you create one that attracts others to you.
In our header image we have filmmaker, rock climber and stuntman, Shane Borza whose Backstory section combined with his great page and compelling photo, really caught our attention. We love his entire Backstory but we specifically want to hone in on what we think is the best part, his resume.
You’ve got people to meet, things to do, places to go. And you’ve got a great story to tell about yourself. You can use your resume to tell others who you are, but that doesn’t capture the full picture of you. Maybe you’re a student just starting his career or an artist who would prefer to highlight her body of work instead of writing about it, or a realtor looking to show off his personality. That’s why we’ve created Backstory. So you can, in a more visual way, showcase who you are both professionally and personally.
Adding a Backstory to your page connects your resume, portfolio and about.me page to showcase your skills and aspirations. Through Backstory you can relate your story and more easily connect with others, because that’s how people connect, through stories. It’s rare that people get excited about lines on a resume. It’s just a listing of facts and dates. So what that you worked for a law firm for two summers? The interesting part is what’s never written on your resume. The picture of you traveling the world and the story of how your experience abroad inspired you to go into law even though you studied biology in college. With Backstory connected to your about.me page, it’s easy to make this story come alive, and connect with people on a personal level. This could lead to the door opening for professional opportunities including work collaborations, jobs and hopefully an expansion of your network.
And whether or not you already have an about.me page, it’s easy to set up a Backstory. Plus, you can customize it however you want and turn the different sections of your Backstory on for public view when you’re ready. Try it out, let us know how you like it, and as always, have fun with it. Because it is your story and this is your chance to share it.