The First Step to Finding a Career You LOVE!
Assess Your Strengths
(Portions Excerpted from "Jump Start Your Career Now"
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” – Te Ching
When considering any type of opportunity, the first step on the road to career advancement is to take inventory of your strengths. Think about what you do well or what others have told you that you do well. Think back to when you were a child. What did you love to do or what did you dream of doing when you grew up? As a little girl I was creative and loved to draw and paint. I always chose the role of “teacher” when I played “school” with my sister and our friends. It does not surprise me that today, I love the creativity I have as an entrepreneur and teaching others how to discover, enhance or monetize their gifts.
One way to assess your strengths is to compare them to job descriptions that require those skills. The first thing we do when we consider a new business or career opportunity is “hunt” by researching information on the Internet regarding the possibilities. On our “hunt,” we discover the requirements by way of the description based on what the employer or client requests. Those descriptions are wonderful clues to how we should evaluate ourselves based on our own strengths and talents. For example, here are the requirements for a Search Engine Marketing Manager.
You can do this for any opportunity. You would match up your talents and skills with what they are requesting. Is there a match? If so, you would be a great candidate. If there are items in the requirement that you are unfamiliar with then this would be a great opportunity for you to gain experience in this area. You can do this in a number of ways.
1. Take a class at a local college,
2. Do a self study course,
3. Work with someone who can teach you…such as a coach or mentor.
There are other ways to assess your strengths such as taking inventory of your strengths, skills, and talents. We offer a free personal branding assessment to help you get started. You can do an entrepreneurial, career, personality, 360 or other assessments that will allow you to get a snapshot of where you stand. You can also do a self assessment by answering a few of the questions below.
When Assessing Your Strengths Consider the Following:
What are you naturally good at doing?
What do people say you are good at doing?
What do you enjoy?
What skills do you use when you are doing what you enjoy?
Spending some time in deep reflection can go a long way in helping you assess your strengths and then put them to work doing something you love!
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