If you haven’t interviewed recently you probably don’t know what your strengths are.
Why should we? We just do our jobs and everything’s cool…
…Until we find ourselves sitting in front of a hiring manager.
She wants to know what she’ll get if she hires me.
Most of us don’t think about our strengths. If our boss is happy we’re happy, until something happens and we no longer have a boss.
That’s where Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0 can help.
When I was in the job market in 2013, I bought the book and took the online assessment.
I was amazed when I read my StrengthsFinder 2.0 report. SF 2.0 seems to know more about me than I do.
As a job-finder, the best thing about SF 2.0 is by listing all of my strengths it reminded me of past achievements, achievements I never could have attained if I didn’t have these strengths.
Here are some of the things it said about me.
- By nature, you are innovative, inventive, original, and resourceful.
- You automatically pinpoint trends, notice problems, or identify opportunities many people overlook.
- Because of your strengths, you can reconfigure factual information or data in ways that reveal trends, raise issues, identify opportunities, or offer solutions.
- Driven by your talents, you comprehend what has gone wrong. Eagerly, you uncover facts. Sorting through lots of information rarely intimidates you.
- You study everything involved in a situation and conceive entirely new ways of seeing or doing things.
- You entertain ideas about the best ways to reach a goal, increase productivity, or solve a problem.
- You persevere until you have gained the knowledge and skills needed to attain a goal.
- Your quest to interpret events, grasp facts, or understand concepts appears limitless.
- You are motivated to continually acquire knowledge and skills.
- You naturally take ownership of every project you are involved in.
- You can see repercussions more clearly than others can.
Because I had these reminders, it was easy to create stories about my past achievements.
Because of my financial and process background, it was easy to quantify my achievements.
If quantifying your achievements doesn’t come naturally to you, check out these resources.
If you choose to buy StrengthsFinder 2.0 and take the online assessment, when the hiring manager asks,
“Why should I hire you?”
You can say,
“I just took Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment and here’s what it says…”
When you share your strengths and more importantly, what you’ve done with those strengths, you explain to the Hiring Manager, why you are different and why she should hire you.
Its far too easy to think that everyone in the job market is the same. After all, we all wear similar clothing in our interviews and we all bring an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper called a resume.
Your ability to clearly communicate all of your strengths is something the next person the Hiring Manager interviews probably won’t have. As a result, the small investment in the book and the report will be well worth it.
I attached my SF 2.0 assessment to my LinkedIn profile along with a few excerpts. That is probably why recruiters call me every two weeks.
The book can be purchased here – StrengthsFinder 2.0 The online assessment can be accessed using the code in the Strengths Finder 2.0 book.
If you are uncertain whether StrengthsFinder 2.0, is a wise purchase, do what I did, enter ‘StrengthsFinder’ in LinkedIn’s Advanced Search.
More than 15,000 results were returned. Coaches are using StrengthsFinder 2.0 to help their clients. Other LinkedIn members are adding their StrengthsFinder assessment to their LinkedIn profile, like I did.
If you’d like to see what a StrengthsFinder (Top 5 Strengths) report looks like, go to my LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarkfinnical.
Another Book That May Be Helpful Is…
Pathfinder has more than 100 self-tests and diagnostic tools that will help you choose an entirely new career—or view a current job from a new, more positive perspective.
If you’re like me, and don’t like to brag, share the information about your achievements by saying,
“Leadership appreciates me because…[then share your stories]”
“Co-workers like how I…[then share more stories]”
I am writing the Job-Seeker’s Handbook, if you’d like to be contacted when the book is available to buy, send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I welcome all invites! Here is my LinkedIn profile.
Check out my website – www.gethired.academy
The image is from www.123rf.com
Special thanks go to my consultant and lifelong partner, Barbara Finnical, who showed me how to modify the 123RF image and add thought balloons.