If you’ve been busy building your resume or starting a new career, you’ve likely heard yourself asking, “What are my strengths? or “What strengths to put on a resume?”
And the answer is….Do you even know what your strengths are or how to discover and find your strengths?
Read on to learn how to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Not sure why you need to do this? By doing so you will build a resume that can help hiring managers differentiate between your resume and others, because your resume will focus on your strengths saving the interviewer time as they fight the maze of resumes sitting on their desk.
How to Discover and Know Your Strengths
Most of us find it difficult to list our strengths. According to DonaldCliftonand MarcusBuckinghamauthors of “Now, Discover Your Strengths,” it’s not that difficult at all – our strengths are what we find easy to do.
The irony is that what’s easy to do doesn’t seem like a strength. Most of us equate a strength with something that we have to fight and overcome.
For example, programming in php –learning to do so is difficult; you have to fight to learn how to do it, so we would consider it a strength.
Most of us mess it up when we try to figure out what our strengths are.
So what’s the best way to discover your strengths?
Best ways to Finding Your Strengths
The following are four steps to gather information:
1. Ask Your Current Manager or a Former Manager
If you are on good terms with a current or former manager, ask them what they feel your strengths. A manager is far more likely to formulate their answers around your job performance or job skills, which is exactly what you need.
2. Ask Other Members of Your Team
If you want to find out about your strengths talk to those who work with you in your team, they’ll be able to quickly tell you what your strengths are, and if you ask they can tell you what your weaknesses are too. Our co-workers and members of our team see us much differently than we see ourselves, so they are an excellent source of useful information.
3. Take Stock
Nobody you can ask? Not to worry – if you take an objective point of view you’ll be able to make a fairly sound list. Just remember your strengths are not always what they may seem. You can use a strength assessment. There are a number of different ones available online so be sure to explore your options.
4. Read Some Articles
This website gives you some good examples of strengths to choose from.
Read for example:
And some articles filed in the category –
Match the Job to Your Strengths
Each of us has strengths and knowing those strengths means we can match the job to the strengths we show on our resume.
Of course, every resume should be customized to show your strengths and skills for that particular job. Highlighting relevant strengths helps to tweak the hiring manager’s attention. Using an objective is a great way to provide this pertinent information at a glance.
You have a lot to offer a potential employer. By taking the time to properly evaluate your strengths is like taking a snapshot of your best qualities. Put your best qualities forward.
“Discover your strengths – discover your inner power.”