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|How well do you know your strengths? Can you talk about them with prospective employers? Knowing your strengths is an essential component to your success in work and in life. It will not only make your job search easier, but will enable you to confidently tell decision-makings about the value you bring, and why they should hire you. Your strengths help you to stand out. Knowing your strengths is not just about what you are good at. Read this article to find out more. Gain more insight into your personal strengths by beginning today with one simple step.
Success in your Career & Job Search
This week, a job seeker asked a great question on LinkedIn. She wanted to know what she could do to “stand out” during her interview process.
To reach the interview stage, job seekers have probably already jumped through many of the hoops. Even when you reach this point, there is more work to do. You need to be able to stand out. But how do you do that? What can you do to demonstrate that you are the best candidate? This can be a daunting prospect. You may or may not have met the other candidates being considered for the position. Have you head that preparation is the key to your success. But what might that mean in practice?
Prepare to Stand Out
If the job is a good fit for you, the key to your success is to be “your best self.” This means really knowing your own strengths and being able to talk about them, and how they are relevant to the position you are applying for.
Know your Strengths
It may seem surprising, but many of us do not know our own strengths. In fact, research shows that 2 out of 3 people don’t know their strengths.
There are many ways to discover your own strengths. You can take a formal assessment. You can also review past experiences to identify patterns.
What can you do today to learn more about your own strengths? First you need to know that there are 2 essential elements to discovering your strengths.
- the things you are good at
- the things you find energizing
How to Begin to Discover your Strengths
With this information in mind, you can begin your quest to get to know your strengths. Start by observing your experiences during different activities. Which activities feel easy and which feel difficult? Notice when you feel energized by what you are doing, and when you feel drained. You can learn a lot just by observing your own experience. You might like to take some notes.
Why is it Important?
Knowing your strengths has many benefits. It puts you in charge. Not only will you be able to share your strengths with prospective employers, you will also be able to make choices in your work and your life that lead to greater happiness and fulfillment.
Want to Learn More?
In the next issue, I will discuss other tools that you can use to discover your strengths. Later this month, I will offer a 30-min no-cost training to explore strengths in more detail.
If you are already on my class invitation list, you will automatically get the details you need to attend.
If not, you can join here. (If you don’t remember, sign up anyway, and you will get a return message letting you know)
In the meantime, you check out this article on “Strengths and Careers” that my colleague Emma Trenier and I published in Career Convergence, the magazine of the National Career Development Association.
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- How well do you know your strengths?
- Did you try out the exercise?
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