What Are Your Key Strengths?

“Knowing others is intelligence;
Knowing yourself is true wisdom”

― Lao Tzu

“Why should I hire you?” – Hiring Manager

Do you have a good answer?

Most jobseekers don’t.

For many years, neither did I. This led my career to plateau.

Once I understood my strengths though, I could pick companies who needed my talents. This made me valuable to them, and in turn, led my compensation to increase dramatically.

Before you look outwards for what roles are open, look inwards. Understand what your key strengths are.

Understanding your strengths will help you pick the right jobs to aim for next.

If you’re not sure of what your strengths are, here’s are some exercises that can help you:

Think about when you’ve been praised

What did your colleagues or friends praise you for?
Do you notice a consistent theme of praises?

Write it all down.

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Look at old performance reviews

Annual 360 degree feedbacks are a great way to track your career performance, and identify strengths.

Review emails from supervisors and co-workers

Do an inbox search for “great job” or “excellent work”
What were those emails praising you for?

Ask your colleagues, friends and family for their help

Shoot a quick or text message:

“Hi <NAME>

I’m doing a career discovery exercise to identify my strengths. I need you help.

We’re known each other for a very long time, and I think you understand me extremely well. I can’t think of anyone better to help.

What do you think my 3 biggest strengths are?”

Summarising It All Up

Now that you have your key strengths, does it shine through in your CV?

Are you applying for jobs which utilise your key strengths?

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