Why Knowing Your Strengths Will Help You Find A Job
We’ll let you into a little secret. The most successful people in the world use their strengths every day and feel great about themselves and what they do. Do you know your strengths and how they can help you get a job?
Most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them.
Instead, guided by our parents, our teachers, our friends, or our work colleagues, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws. Many people invest too much time and energy in overcoming weaknesses and not enough time doing what they do best.
So, what exactly are strengths?
Your strengths are a mixture of your talents, abilities and personality.
The theory behind strengths is based on positive psychology. When you are using your strengths you are filled with positive energy; you rapidly learn new information and skills; you have a greater sense of direction and purpose; and you have increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
We all have different strengths – things that we’re naturally good at and enjoy doing. So it makes sense to work out what they are and make life that little bit easier. Being clear on what those strengths are can help you to decide what you want to do at school, college or university, and which career will suit you, or even how you spend your spare time.
But that’s not all.
When you use your strengths, you start to build your self-esteem.
This is because using your strengths gives you a feeling of positive energy and also gives you the confidence that you are doing something well.
Why knowing your strengths will help you find the right job
Focusing on your strengths will help you concentrate your efforts on looking for jobs where you’re likely to have more chances of success. Understanding and using your strengths is about focusing on the things that come most naturally to you, that you’re good at, and that you love to do.
If you highlight your strengths in your resume and emphasise them in your interview, you’ll make a great first impression and increase your chances of getting your dream job.
“A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.” Chin-Ning Chu
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About the Author
Nathan Chanesman is Founder & Chairman of online career assessment company www.myprofile.com.au creators of www.mycareermatch.com.au for student career planning and www.myresume.com.au for resume writing.