by Jennifer Crutchfield, Head Editor, INALJ Connecticut
Finding and Explaining Your Strengths
Finding your strengths and knowing how to explain them can be an excellent resource in finding a new job. It may seem like a simple idea, but I find that during hard times, it is easy to forget what you’re good at and focus on the negative. Maybe you are having a hard time focusing on what skills you have to offer. Sometimes I can be good at finding examples of things I do well, but need assistance on how to I create an overall picture of what I’m good at.
A tool that I found useful for this very topic is StrengthsFinder 2.0.
- You first take a short quiz, which will help gauge what your best qualities are. One of my strengths is that I am a “learner”. Being a ‘learner’ means that I “have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.”
- Knowing that I’m a good “learner” will help me in my interview process when I am asked questions like, “What are your strengths?” I can come up with a great answer using any of the strength attributes shown to me through StrengthsFinder.
I did not have this tool when applying for my recent job, but I feel like it may have made preparing for my interview process a little easier.