How do I know which job is ideally aligned to my strengths?
IT IS good to have a job with challenges that test and develop you but finding a role that plays to your strengths is a great way to ensure job satisfaction, enjoyment and will generally see you perform better. Reflect on previous jobs, what aspects of them you enjoyed most and had most success with. Think carefully about what contributed to your enjoyment, whether it be variety or a specific area in which you would like to specialise. Look for those aspects in job ads and position descriptions and take the opportunity to speak with potential employers, either before or as part of an interview process. I DEFINE strengths as high-skill, highenjoyment activities. People often struggle to recognise and articulate their strengths. It’s important to have a close alignment between your strengths and your role, as it will have a marked impact on your overall performance. To identify your strengths, do some analysis of past roles, especially ones you have enjoyed most, and analyse the outcomes you achieved. Ask yourself: ‘‘ How did I achieve those outcomes or what helped underpin those outcomes?’’ Also, seek feedback from colleagues with whom who you have worked closely in the past.
Mid-career KELLIE RIGG General manager HR Solutions Randstad
INDIVIDUALS in jobs and environments that are aligned to their personal and professional strengths enjoy work, feel more fulfilled, are more effective and interact more positively with co-workers. Start by reflecting on what you do well, when you achieve your best results and what motivates you. If you have been given feedback through performance reviews, training programs or psychometric assessments, use it to understand key strengths. Conduct research into organisations and industries, the roles available and skills required. Talk to people who have or are working in areas you wish to pursue.
Experienced TIM ROCHE Practice leader, Right Management Career Transition The Expert MICHELLE BENTLEY General manager, Donington transition and outplacement
BEGIN by reviewing your strengths (and gaps or weaknesses) and test your own perceptions against feedback from others. A self review can reveal knowledge, capabilities, attributes and skills you believe you possess. Feedback from others (managers, colleagues, direct reports and customers) can give a more complete picture and add objectivity. Once aware of interests, competencies and motivations, research jobs, organisations and industries in which your abilities are needed. Alignment of strengths and interests are important but also consider alignment to team and company culture.