, understanding your strengths will help you in all facets of your job or internship search. Having clarity on your unique capabilities will serve you throughout your career as well as in your relationships both in and out of the work place.
Many of my clients say they don’t really know what they’re good at. And it can be difficult to know what you’re strengths are when you’re just starting out and don’t have significant job experience. While it’s certainly true that on-the-job experience provides a valuable opportunity for skills development, it’s by no means the only source. If you look back through your college experiences and reflect on the classes you took and projects you were involved with, you’ll find a wealth of valuable experiences and skills that a potential employer will want to hear about.
The reality is that no one is good at everything! Each of us have an individual and constantly evolving constellation of strengths, skills, and competencies. Some people excel at work and in their personal lives by building relationships, while others rely more on strengths in problem solving, attention to detail, or strategic thinking. Knowing where you naturally excel will help you when you craft your resume and cover letters as well as give you the material you need to create the most authentic elevator pitch and interview responses.
I have been using Clifton Strengths Assessment with my clients for a long time and the thing I consistently hear is how accurate it is. Learning your strengths and how to showcase them will help you translate how your academic, internship and work experiences relate to what potential employers are looking for.
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