What Are Your Career Strengths?
Defining Your Career Strengths
As you search for the perfect job, or even before you begin your search, you will certainly benefit from spending some time evaluating your career-related strengths. What are career strengths? Well, look at it this way: What makes you a good candidate for the job(s) you are applying for?
There are four areas to consider when assessing your strengths:
- Your personality traits
- Your value system
- Your experience
- Your base of knowledge
Employers are looking for a variety of things when reviewing job candidates. For the most part, they want to know two basic things: will you do the job well and will you get along with the other people with whom you will be working.
To answer these questions, a prospective employer will look for certain aspects of your character, your abilities and your desire to succeed. The key to getting the job you want is to answer these questions BEFORE you ever meet face to face for an interview.
You want the employer to be confident of your professional strengths so that the interview becomes a confirmation of those strengths (as opposed to spending the interview discovering your strengths).
To ensure your success in assessing your career strengths, take some time to review each of the four areas listed above.
YOUR PERSONALITY TRAITS
When evaluating your personality traits, keep in mind that these are key aspects of "who you are". They are not qualities you hope to possess. They are not characteristics you possessed 10 years ago. These traits define you NOW – at this point in time. People change over time and sometimes their traits change as well.
Read this article to learn more about: Personality Traits
YOUR VALUE SYSTEM
Again, this isn't something that changes from day to day. What you believe in most strongly is exemplified in your behaviors and decisions. For instance, if you value the sanctity of human life, working in an abortion clinic is going to go against your value system. You will always be at odds with the work that you do.
Think about what it is that you hold close to your heart. What are the firmly held beliefs that make you who you are?
What have you done in the past and how does it affect you now? This can be comprised of work skills, personal experiences, events attended, etc. Contemplate your career strengths in terms of what you can offer the employer based on what you have encountered in the past.
This may entail your understanding of the prospective employer's corporate climate, the familiarity you have with the hours you will be expected to work or even the experience you have had in the global marketplace in which the organization operates.
The depth and breadth of your knowledge is meaningless if you don't put it to use to benefit others in valuable ways. Your future employer knows this, too, so be prepared to show examples of how you put your knowledge to work.
Understand that this is more than book knowledge. You gain knowledge from experience, too. Explain to the employer how you are aware of the needs of the company and your own expertise in the field and you will be far ahead of your competitors.
You have many career strengths. Define them and be able to express them on your resume, in your cover letter and in the interview. When you recognize the importance of your own contributions to the organization you desire to work for, you will be better equipped to answer the employer's questions about your character, your abilities and your desire to succeed.
And – succeed you will
, because you will be better prepared than anyone else for the job of your dreams.
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