If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel,
Change your viewpoint,
Change your viewpoint,
As one-year closes and another begins, online articles appear to showcase trends we've seen and what to watch. After reviewing a few articles, I've put together a short summary and tips for applying the information to your own career.
The commonalities of the articles referenced at the end of the article are self-awareness, accountability, and continual learning.
Whether you are actively in a job search, preparing for a specific interview, prepping for an annual review, or considering your personal performance plan, it is a good idea to assess yourself first. Can you list your skills and strengths? Can you recall and communicate your accomplishments and contributions to your organization? Can you honestly assess your readiness to be successful in your current position or in your next position?
If the answer is yes, congratulations! Keep up the good work and keep moving yourself forward.
If the answer is no, sort of, not really, or something similar, here are a few ways to start.
Conduct a SWOT Analysis to assess how competitive you are
What can you do to maximize your strengths, take advantage of the opportunities, minimize your weaknesses and diminish the impact of threats?
For your career development plan, identify a skill or knowledge area that is weak and develop a plan to strengthen. Map out short- and long-term goals and objectives.
Considering Key Questions
1. What one skill do you possess that has most impacted the organization's bottom line/ability to deliver on its mission?
2. Which single project or task do you consider your most significant accomplishment this year?
Sometimes we need to pause from our day to day work to assess ourselves, our performance, and contributions. You can then use this information to talk about accomplishments or build a personal performance plan.
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Throughout the job search process, demonstrate the strengths that you've told the employer you possess
Attention to detail is demonstrated by using a clean resume and cover letter format that have been checked for spelling, grammar and style.
Accuntability and punctuality are demonstrated by meeting an employer's deadlines and by responding to emails and phone calls in a timely manner.
Professionalism is shown by the content and manner of your online and offline communications.
Communications and marketing is conveyed by how well you target your message in the resume, cover letter, or interview. Are you able to quickly, clearly, and concisely deliver the most relevent message? This is an example of how well you will summarize a project's progress or recommendations.
Preparedness is conveyed when you show that you did your homework before the interview. Doing research on the company, understanding the position, and preparing your stories will show an employer how you would prepare for internal or client-facing meetings.
(Image taken by author of the Four Columns at The Morton Arboretum)
“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
(Man’s Search for Meaning. Viktor Frankl. Beacon Press, 2006, p.66)
We are our choices.
We should seek meaning in the work you do, cultivate your strengths, develop the strengths in others, and share positive emotions.
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If you focus on your strengths and the strengths of others, you can move toward finding purpose and meaning in work. If you follow typical business habits and only work on weaknesses or on fixing problems, you only build back up to previous capacity levels. If you focus on strengths and purpose, you can increase capacity, productivity, and personal satisfaction.
Cultivate your strengths by utilizing strengths in a new way every day and building teams that utilize the unique strengths of each person.
Difference between Strengths-Based Leadership and the Strengths 2.0 Books
Both models focus on strengths and encourage individuals to expand the use of their strengths instead of the traditional performance models that focus on removing weaknesses. Both books are great ways to discover your set of strengths.
The Strengths-Based leadership model takes the focus one step further by grouping strengths into four leadership themes and focusing on how the strengths are used to lead or encourage leadership in others. I've adopted the Strengths-Based Leadership model because of the fit with career growth and professional development.
My goals as a career coach are to help people discover their own strengths, identify related accomplishments, assess their own efforts towards their goals, and successfully tell their stories.
Are you bringing your strengths to your career?
In this blog, I'll share strategies for focusing on your strengths to increase your success and satisfaction with your career. We'll discuss tactics to incorporate into your career transition.
If you need quick answers to interviewing, networking, and job search questions, check out our Resources.
If you need help getting started or with implementing your career transition, contact me about coaching.
Julie L. Bartimus,