What some will often assume is that since they have that stellar academic record, that degree from the right University, that they’ll just shoot right to the top of the list for any job that they apply for, instantly impressing, wowing any interviewer in any industry.
But in today’s tight economic conditions, standing out and shining takes a lot more than slick hair, polished shoes, a shiny disposition and resume. The key becomes knowing what your strengths are, and tailoring them to fit into the various work environments presented.
What knowing oneself and then focusing on maximizing your talents does is what separates you from the other candidates, the white collar sheep, which will propel you into finding the exact suitable employment.
The key in landing that ideal job is connecting with the potential employers mindset. This goes beyond the standard emotional intelligence, as it’s more about connectivity intelligence.
This by displaying your creativity and the resources which are available to you, this to identify and then show your strengths. So ask yourself a few key points during your job search, then right before the interview.
Know Your Best Method Of Communicating
With all the technology among us, how we choose to communicate is rapidly changing. If you’re an accomplished speaker, then look for those jobs which gives you the opportunity to connect with big crowds.
Or if the thought of public speaking overwhelms you, which impedes your ability to communicate effectively, then there are a variety of other opportunities where you can engage with the multitudes, this to get your message across.
This can be hosting a weekly webinar online, where you can discuss what you’ve done over the past week, or month, and what you’re hoping to accomplish in the near future.
You can link to all your business associates through social media such as LinkedIn, so that they’ll get that personal connection, this without you needing to be in the same room.
If you’re more effective in smaller intimate gatherings, videos are extremely efficient and convenient to reach your target audience while still building that bond.
Perhaps your writing talents are the best way of communicating to get your ideas across, this rather than those intimidating speaking engagements. Then contribute to a blog, collect emails, or send out newsletters.
The key is finding which form of communication works best for you, while not taking a risk by using a completely new forum which won’t maximize your strengths, even if it’s not the norm for that company or industry.
Which Creative Process Invigorates You
Every product, regardless of what it is, every campaign goes through a variety of different and at times radical stages of development. What we often look for instead, are jobs which are based on the industry which interests us, what we’re most passionate about.
It’s thought that knowing where your strengths lie, this when it comes to the creative process, should be viewed as more important, this when determining your potential job success and satisfaction.
If you’re extremely passionate about the environment, for instance, and you write about it on a blog, this when you know your real strengths lie in direct face-to-face communication, you won’t be happy or successful, this even if you work in your chosen industry.
So what becomes more important is putting yourself in the areas of the creative process where you’re able to thrive. If you consider yourself a thinker of ideas and can spark while generating big solutions, then focus on the developmental stages of a project.
If your aptitude is geared more towards being an enabler, proficient at creating structure and the day to day facilitation of a project, then find jobs which are more hands-on.
If you are analytical, this once a product or project is already presented to the world, then find occupations where you can apply your skills of evaluating, along with delivering recommendations for the future planning of a product.
Do You Consider Yourself A Leader
What any workplace in any industry are constantly lacking today is those who show strong hands-on leadership skills in the workplace.
Executives are now getting younger and more brilliant, and what this micro-economy affords them is they starting their own companies, bypassing the corporate route.
Becoming an entrepreneur is excellent aspiration, but not the only way to find happiness or success. Doing so also takes time and extreme drive or capital to begin.
So when it comes to your career, the best action may be to continue learning until you’re ready to lead others. Becoming an effective collaborator is a learned skill, the key being gaining experience to become an effective leader.
Being the “boss” has its responsibilities that being part of a team doesn’t offer. We may all be wanting to run our own business one day, but being realistic about where you’re current development is, will set you up better for the future.
So the question is asking yourself where you’re currently the most valuable at. Are you good at giving out direction, having others execute tasks for you. Are you good at taking someone’s ideas and then doing the foot work required to execute, making it become a reality.
One aspect that’s often overlooked is that these strengths are constantly in motion and will improve over time. The key is knowing what you’re capable of right now.
Unless you identify all of your strengths and weakness at this exact point in your career, or whether you’re just starting out, you’ll never by able to develop otherwise.
Unless you focus on all your strengths at this point in time, it won’t give you the confidence to work on your weaknesses, which can become building blocks for the future.