For your next job, you’ll need to have a good grasp of your skills and strengths so that you can show that value to the hiring leaders for the company that you want to be with. 

Uncover your skills and strengths


First, you need to note what your skills are. Think about your current and former jobs, schooling, hobbies and other activities that could draw out what those skills are.  Some categories to consider are:

  • People skills: coaching others, leading, listening, performance management, hosting, selling, and teaching
  • Data skills: research, compiling info, finance, programming, excel, reports and problem-solving
  • Creativity skills: writing, designing, music, producing, planning, acting, creating, vision casting, 
  • Hands-on skills:  machinery, specialized skills, building, cooking, repairs

Some areas to think about to uncover your strengths.

  • What are you known for?
  • What are you the go-to person for?
  • What do you love doing?
  • What are you successful at?

Resources


There are several places that can help you identify your skills and strengths.

  • I recommend the book Strengthfinder 2.0. It’s not a traditional book in that you read it from cover to cover. You take an online assessment and then use the book to dive into your strengths and then increase your understanding of who you work well with and you wouldn’t work well with. 
  • Assessment.com is a free site where you can find your strengths and skill set. Be prepared. It takes nearly 25 minutes to complete. There are paid options for this site as well. 
  • Mindtools.com is another comprehensive site out there that identifies and maps your skills. 

List out your accomplishments & build your story


Now that you’ve got your skills and strengths figured out, take some time to list out your accomplishments. These could be projects, tasks,  that you are especially proud of. What are you most proud of in your job? Try to get to a list of 10 or more. They don’t all have to be monumental things. They may be simpler things you did that put a smile on your face, made you celebrate or helped someone out. 

Got your list?

Perfect! The next step is to start to create stories around those accomplishments. We’ve talked about the importance of storytelling in the past. (Be the Storyteller: PTB show #124) Reference that resource to understand the story type that you want to convey with each accomplishment. 

There are many acronyms that professionals use to convey a good story structure. Regardless, each story should start with your situation, what action you or your team took and what the end results were. We’ve covered this topic in the past as well. (Ace the Interview: PTB show #113)

Put those two together and you’ve got strong accomplishments that are presented clearly and in an engaging format for hiring leaders to hear. 

You should have a list of 12 or so industry careers interests from our time last week. Combine that with your knowledge about your strengths and skills and you should really be getting close to finding what your job looks like.  Next week we will look at your ideal environment. What does your dream company look like?

Make a better tomorrow. 
-ZH