Background Note | HBS Case Collection | June 2013 (Revised August 2013)

Crafting a Career Narrative for New Professionals

by Heidi K. Gardner and Adam Zalisk


Description: This note suggests an approach for developing an effective "career narrative"—a tool for packaging and sharing a professional's past achievements, long-term goals, and forward-looking needs through a compelling story. It focuses mostly on the ways junior professionals can leverage their career story, but also considers what role more senior mentors can—and should—play in cultivating and sharing juniors' career narratives.

Keywords: Personal Development and Career;


Gardner, Heidi K., and Adam Zalisk. "Crafting a Career Narrative for New Professionals." Harvard Business School Background Note 413-122, June 2013. (Revised August 2013.)