Tell a Compelling Career Transition Story and Change Your Life

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Duncan Mathison Knowing where you want to go and being able to articulate your value are critical and essential to your short- and long-term success. In this CareerCast, Duncan Mathison, executive career coach and coauthor of Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps to a Successful Search When Times Are Tough, shares his knowledge, wisdom, and highly practical experience in how to craft a compelling transition story to help you advance in your career and change your life.

Aired January 21, 2010

Duncan Mathison coaches professional clients on effective job search tactics when the economy is bad and the job market is tight. Recognizing that most people would much rather have a job than look for a job, he prefers an approach that is focused, effective, and less reliant on wishing a dream job will be advertised and a resume will somehow survive the screening process employers put in place to protect themselves from the hordes of unemployed. His clients have ranged across industries including finance, technology, telecommunications, biotechnology, retail, and entertainment. His tools are effective for job seekers looking to quickly find work in their field or successfully reinvent their careers.

Previously, he spent 18 years as vice president, managing director, and senior consultant for Drake Beam Morin (DBM), a global outplacement firm. Today, Duncan is an author and speaker on organization performance, leadership, and executive career topics.

In addition to writing on career and leadership topics, he has frequently appeared in the media, including the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, FOX News,,, and Yahoo’s

Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times Are Tough by Duncan Mathison and Martha I. Finney (2010)

Pop! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title and Tagline for Anything by Sam Horn (2009)

Tell Me about Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career by Katharine Hansen (2009)

The Secret Language of Leadership: How Leaders Inspire Action through Narrative by Stephen Denning (2007)

The Elements of Persuasion: Use Storytelling Techniques to Pitch Better, Sell Faster & Win More Business by Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman (2007)

Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact by Annette Simmons (2007)

The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling by Annette Simmons and Doug Lipman (2006)

Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story by Jerry Weissman (2006)

Around the Corporate Campfire: How Great Leaders Use Stories to Inspire Success by Evelyn Clark (2004)

The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative by Stephen Denning (2005)

Squirrel Inc.: A Fable about Leadership through Storytelling by Stephen Denning (2004)

Duncan Mathison Unlock the Hidden Job Market

Read an excerpt of Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times Are Tough by Duncan Mathison and Martha I. Finney.

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