Use Your Skills & Values: Find Your Perfect Career Fit

When looking for a new job or career, you may look for a job that is fun. Other times you might look for something you feel passionate about or pays well. All of these are relevant when looking for a job, however none of these assess your skill set and what you may be naturally inclined to do best.

 One of the top questions you might be asked during an interview is “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” Although these are good questions, it can be helpful to focus on your strengths. An article from Zapier states that “various studies have shown that when we focus on developing our strengths, we grow faster than when trying to improve our weaknesses.”

It may feel obvious what your weaknesses are – seek out learning what your strengths are and lean into growing and thriving in them. The Integrated Interview shares some about this concept through finding your Superpower – “Once you're clear on what you have to offer, you can understand how to incorporate this into your interview, your job and your life.”

Often when job searching you may forget what you value in an organization or career. When searching for a new job, keep in perspective that although no job will be perfect, some organizations may have unique values such as culture, diversity, work/life balance, flexibility, or other values that may or may not be important to you. When looking for a job, it is important to have the conversation either with HR during your interview or someone who is familiar with the company to ensure your value are in alignment. It may be helpful to evaluate your values for a workplace before you have your next interview. For additional work values, check out HERE for an inventory 

Both skill strengths and work values, can help when looking for the right career. To try and find the best fit, take a look at both of these for yourself and see what career path may line up the best.


Author: Melissa Thomas

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