One of the hardest feats for many people to conquer is figuring out what their strengths are. I have seen countless resumes that are highly task based and when I try and pry for info about accomplishments and things that set them apart, it’s difficult to say the least. I often hear “ I don’t know what I am good at” or I can’t think of anything I accomplished at this job, I just did my job”. Most times these answers are highly unlikely since they may have been working at a place for years, they have many accomplishments, and just don’t know how to identify them. Here are a few tips to help with this daunting task.
1. Update Your Resume On A Regular Basis – If you make it a habit of updating your resume on a regular basis, it will force you to think of your strengths and accomplishments. If you don’t regularly update your document then it will be difficult to think of things you accomplished two or three years ago.
2. Ask Family, Friends, and Co-Workers– Self-examination can lead you to a few answers, but getting an outside opinion will help you either solidify your observations or can shatter a few illusions too. Be sure to choose people who will give you the truth and not sugarcoat things. It’s hard to think of the things you are good at. We are taught to be modest and not to boast about our skills and accomplishments. However, when you are conducting a job search or trying to form a brand, you will need to know what your strengths are and what you can bring to a potential employer. The people that we spend most of our time with can see strengths in us that we may not recognize. A popular tool that many people are using to find out their strengths is Reflected Best Self Exercise. This exercise allows you to request positive feedback from significant people in your life and then synthesize it into a cumulative portrait of your “best self.”
3. Review Yearly Employees Reviews- If you receive regular employee reviews don’t trash them, keep them in a file to review at a later day. This is a good exercise to do if you are finding it difficult to think of strengths and accomplishments. Chances are you will have some good feedback from current or former supervisors that you can use in various ways.
4. Do Some Self-Reflection- Have you taken the time to reflect and to do some self-exploration? Ask yourself what activities give you joy, what are your hobbies, what are some activities that you can’t go without, more than likely those are areas where you are most talented.
5. Be More Active – Getting involved in various activities is a great way to discover what your strengths are. You may even discover hidden talents and strengths that you never knew you had because you had never been exposed to a certain activity. Being more active can also help you to determine your interest as well. I didn’t discover that I wanted to pursue a career as a Career Counselor until I got involved in related activities. Before I got involved, I didn’t know my strengths and in the process I found my passion as well.
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