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Copy of 1. personal strengths workshop

  1. 1. PERSONAL STRENGTHS What employers look for in their search for the RIGHT prospective employee.
  2. 2. The following is a list of qualities that employers will look for: <ul><li>Dependable </li></ul><ul><li>Honest </li></ul><ul><li>Good Listener </li></ul><ul><li>Punctual </li></ul><ul><li>Good Attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Free from Substance Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Computer Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Follows Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperates with Co-workers </li></ul><ul><li>Follows Work Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Treats Customers Well </li></ul><ul><li>Accurate in One’s Work </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Responsible </li></ul><ul><li>Respects Others </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Pride in One’s Work </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Writing & </li></ul><ul><li>Math Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Completes Tasks on Time </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiastic About Work </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Common Sense </li></ul><ul><li>Shows Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Works with Minimum Supervision </li></ul>
  4. 4. EXAMPLE <ul><li>I am dependable . I have shown I have this quality by: having a balanced register every day for two years when I worked as a cashier for Target . This quality is important in my field because employers value someone whom they can trust and count on . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Write down your personal strength statement and evaluate it. <ul><li>I am ____________________. I have shown I have this quality by: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________. </li></ul><ul><li>This quality is important in my field because: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Discover Your Personal Strengths <ul><li>Make a list of the activities you love to do, your passions. Reflect upon each and determine what skills and abilities you use. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask people who know you well what you are good at and the abilities that they admire. Friends and co-workers may identify different strengths from their perspectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance your ability to have a successful career by aligning the way you make your living with those things you love to do and do exceptionally well. </li></ul>
  7. 7. You need to be the best you can at describing your best qualities; particularly your key strengths. It is good practice at some point, to ask yourself: &quot;What am I good at?&quot; purely as a means to establish if you have already thought through this most important question.
  8. 8. Key Strengths <ul><li>Some have, but more often they haven't and the answer usually involves lots of head-scratching, umms and arrhs and then quite often a monologue on what they're NOT good at!! </li></ul><ul><li>Your answer to this should be your key strengths statement which we talked about. </li></ul><ul><li>A &quot;Key Strengths&quot; statement is a summary of your most powerful skills and attributes. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Key Strengths <ul><li>The Key Strengths statement </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights your most important skills and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiates you from others </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids generalizations </li></ul><ul><li>Provides examples of your achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Spoken naturally should take no more than two minutes </li></ul>
  10. 10. Of course at a job interview, questions may take many different forms: &quot;What are your main strengths?&quot; “ Why should we hire you?&quot; “ What do you think makes you the best candidate?&quot; “ Convince me you're the right person for us&quot; “ How do your skills match our particular needs?&quot; As with all your Presentation Statements it should be so well rehearsed that it sounds completely spontaneous. The examples below should get you thinking ~ so give your Key Strengths statement some thought now. “I have very good communication skills; I work well either leading or being part of a team and I am self-motivated and capable of working on several tasks at once.” “As a leader of small teams I involve people in the decisions so that they feel involved and ensure they have the opportunity to contribute to tasks facing the team. I manage the information, plan and organize and make the decisions as required.” “With my strong communication skills, I have been able to motivate the staff to higher standards of performance meaning we have also helped our profits figures through increased sales and tighter cost-control.”
  11. 11. Finally: Understanding your interests, skills, and attitudes will increase your confidence and help you sell your strengths to a target employer. Increased self-confidence sends a positive message to employers. Do not spend too much time trying to discover your weaknesses. If you cannot think of weaknesses that affect your ability to secure your target position - move on! Career plans built on strengths decrease the time it takes to find the right job.
  12. 12. Redding Library Computer Training- Basic Skills <ul><li>Computer Classes are available, free to the public, covering such areas as beginning computers, email, the internet, Word, Excel, and genealogy. Sign up for a class today. Come by or call the Redding Library Reference Desk at 530-245-7252. </li></ul>