Copy of 1. personal strengths workshopPresentation Transcript
PERSONAL STRENGTHS What employers look for in their search for the RIGHT prospective employee.
The following is a list of qualities that employers will look for:
Free from Substance Abuse
Basic Computer Skills
Cooperates with Co-workers
Follows Work Rules
Treats Customers Well
Accurate in One’s Work
Willing to Learn
Pride in One’s Work
Basic Writing &
Problem Solving Skills
Completes Tasks on Time
Enthusiastic About Work
Uses Common Sense
Works with Minimum Supervision
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 .
Write down your personal strength statement and evaluate it.
I am ____________________. I have shown I have this quality by: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________.
This quality is important in my field because: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________.
Discover Your Personal Strengths
Make a list of the activities you love to do, your passions. Reflect upon each and determine what skills and abilities you use.
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.
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.
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: "What am I good at?" purely as a means to establish if you have already thought through this most important question.
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!!
Your answer to this should be your key strengths statement which we talked about.
A "Key Strengths" statement is a summary of your most powerful skills and attributes.
The Key Strengths statement
Highlights your most important skills and abilities
Differentiates you from others
Provides examples of your achievements
Spoken naturally should take no more than two minutes
Of course at a job interview, questions may take many different forms: "What are your main strengths?" “ Why should we hire you?" “ What do you think makes you the best candidate?" “ Convince me you're the right person for us" “ How do your skills match our particular needs?" 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.”
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.
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