How did you go with the first day of the challenge? If you missed it, you can jump back a step and read our tips here.
Whilst you were listing what it is that you like about your role when setting your career goals, you may have started to see a pattern in how this relates to your skill set. So today’s tips are designed to help shine a light on those!
It’s important to take the time to identify your strengths so you can articulate and communicate them to future employers, and build your profile whilst you aren’t looking.
Our top tips for defining your strengths:
1. Brainstorm. Sit down and make a list of your top strengths, which may have presented themselves whilst you were defining your career goals.
Your strengths could include:
Experience — Experience with a certain software or type of task, expertise in a particular industry, a track record of working with similar products or clients, projects etc.
Hard skills — Specific skills that are measurable and easy to define such as programming in a desired language, projects
Soft skills — Competencies such as problem solving, influencing, team building, negotiation, resilience etc.
Education/training — Relevant background on topics critical to the job — including degrees, certifications, training seminars, mentoring, internships, etc.
2. Align your strengths to the job. Look for keywords in job descriptions of ads for similar roles to yours or the one you are aiming for, and cross reference these with your list. Are there any missing that you possess and could include? Or perhaps any you need to work on?
3. Prepare Examples. Be able to articulate at least one example to illustrate each of your strengths.