© The Career Psychologist
How to Identify
Your Strengths
Strengths definition
“A strength is a pre-existing
capacity for a particular way
of behaving, thinking, or
feeling that is...
Why are Strengths Important?
Using your strengths leads to:
• Improved individual performance
(Corporate Leadership Counci...
Why are Strengths Important?
“Research shows that when we continue to engage
in tasks on the basis that we are good at the...
Identifying Your Strengths
Professor Martin Seligman is this bloke here.
He’s one of the world’s leading experts on charac...
Strengths Brainstorm
Instructions: simply note what comes to mind to
any of the following questions. If you get confused
a...
Other resources
If you were interested in the VIA test, you may
also be interested in the Centre for Applied
Positive Psyc...
Achievements
What have been your proudest
moments in life so far?
What are your finest achievements?
Usually we’re so mode...
© The Career Psychologist
Instructions: think of all your achievements and for each peak you can see below, list one.
Try ...
Which achievement
was most creative?
Which achievement
took most courage?
Which achievement
was most inspiring?
Which achi...
© The Career Psychologist
Thanks for reading!
info@thecareerpsychologist.com
@RobACareerPsych
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This short presentation by psychologist Rob Archer identifies how to define your strengths and provides some templates to think about your achievements. Ideal for career changers.

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  • Any questions about this exercise pack please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • Any questions about this exercise pack please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about strengths, what they are and why they matter please contact Rob at rob@bloompsychology.com
  • Any questions about this exercise pack please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • Notes: Money is not a value, but what money buys is usually in pursuit of a value. For example, say you want money to buy a large house, this could be in the service of values such as security, fashion, freedom or independence.
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • Identify your Strengths & Achievements - The Career Psycholgist

    1. 1. © The Career Psychologist How to Identify Your Strengths
    2. 2. Strengths definition “A strength is a pre-existing capacity for a particular way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is authentic and energising to the user, and enables optimal functioning, development and performance.” Professor Alex Linley (2008)
    3. 3. Why are Strengths Important? Using your strengths leads to: • Improved individual performance (Corporate Leadership Council, 2002) • Increased flexibility and openness to change (Linley, Harrington, & Hill, 2005) • Enhanced teamwork and cooperation (Losada & Heaphy, 2004) • Openness to inclusive working and acceptance of difference (Johnson & Fredrickson, 2005) • Increased resilience (Fredrickson, 2003) • Higher levels of happiness and fulfilment (Govindji & Linley, 2007)
    4. 4. Why are Strengths Important? “Research shows that when we continue to engage in tasks on the basis that we are good at them rather than because we actually enjoy them, we slow our ability to learn, have a reduced sense of fulfilment and tend to blame external factors rather than perceiving control over the task. It’s being passionate enough to take risks in order to use our strengths that allows us to develop and grow fastest”. Elliot, Dweck et al 1998
    5. 5. Identifying Your Strengths Professor Martin Seligman is this bloke here. He’s one of the world’s leading experts on character strengths. You can complete his Strengths Questionnaire here. You will find it by looking for the VIA Signature Strengths questionnaire (you have to sign up to the website to take the test). This, along with all the tests on the site, is free to complete and will take approximately 30 minutes. Note down your key strengths here: Your top strength: Your second strength: Your third strength: Your fourth strength: Your fifth strength:
    6. 6. Strengths Brainstorm Instructions: simply note what comes to mind to any of the following questions. If you get confused as to what a strength is think of it as something you do which gives you energy and joy. 1. What do other people always tell you you’re good at – but you don’t notice? 2. What activities give you energy? When do you feel most alive at work? 3. When did you last lose track of time? What were you doing? 4. What feeling makes you feel most motivated?
    7. 7. Other resources If you were interested in the VIA test, you may also be interested in the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology website. The Career Psychologist is a founder member of this organisation and we recommend the Realise 2 strengths report (which costs about £15). We also really like this book. It’s called Now, Discover Your Strengths by Buckingham and Clifton. The book comes with its own strengths test (Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0) and is another quick and cheap way of tuning into your strengths.
    8. 8. Achievements What have been your proudest moments in life so far? What are your finest achievements? Usually we’re so modest and self- effacing that we try to brush off our best achievements as a ‘fluke’ or ‘anyone could have done that’. We’re not letting you off the hook so easily... We want you to identify your achievements and really recall them in detail.
    9. 9. © The Career Psychologist Instructions: think of all your achievements and for each peak you can see below, list one. Try to remember that achievement in detail. What did you do? How did you influence those around you? What strengths would you say you used during this achievement? Your Peak Achievements
    10. 10. Which achievement was most creative? Which achievement took most courage? Which achievement was most inspiring? Which achievement do you most look back on? Which achievement took most stamina? Which achievement was the most difficult?
    11. 11. © The Career Psychologist Thanks for reading! info@thecareerpsychologist.com @RobACareerPsych thecareerpsychologist.com facebook.com/thecareerpsychologist/ The Career Psychologist is an independent psychology consultancy based in London helping people to transform their careers.

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