Whether you are just starting your job search or maybe have been looking for a while and are not getting the results that you want, it’s important to sometimes go back to the very beginning of your efforts to make sure you have a solid understanding of what your skills are.
It’s so important to have a clear understanding of what you see as being your gifts, talents and personal strengths that you have to bring to that next employer. If you can’t explain to them what you have to offer…they probably aren’t going to buy! Ask yourself “What am I good at?” “What makes me a good employee?” “What would my supervisors, coworkers and/or customers say about me?” Ask your career counselor, family members or good friends to give their feedback on what they see as your strengths. Are you seeing some patterns to these responses?
Most of us think we know what we should say in an interview “I’m an independent, self-starter, hard worker, etc….” and those are great things that any employer would want in a new employee. You might want to take a look at the words that are using….are you saying the same thing over and over? Like “I’m responsible”…..Do you remember when you had to study grammar in English class and you talked about adjectives? An adjective is a describing word…words that you use to describe something. It’s so easy to get stuck using the same adjectives/words over and over again. I might suggest looking at a thesaurus. Does that sound familiar? If it doesn’t, it’s a book (and is also available on the internet here) that gives you alternative words that mean the same thing. I use it quite frequently when I find myself using the same words over and over again. For example taking the word “responsible” - the thesaurus gives some other options like….accountable, amenable, liable, reliable, trustworthy. Possibly using one of these other words might resonate more with that new employer.
At Minnesota Job Partners we have some incredible workshops (Register for workshops via this calendar link) to help you identify your core skills. I would encourage you to look at attending as these workshops can truly help clarify wh
at your talents are and how best to discuss your talents during job search when networking and interviewing.