Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hob Knob Job Search: Smiling's My Favorite (I took a test to find that out.)

I know my strengths include the following: making terrible puns, reminiscing, identifying classic rock songs after only two seconds of listening, looking on the bright side of things, and consuming turkey sandwiches. Sadly, there are not really jobs out there that calls for that specific set of skills.

A friend gave me a copy of StrengthsFinder, a book that centers around the fact that you should be using your strengths in your career and not trying to improve your weaknesses. I've read about 80 pages of it so far and it's refreshing. I don't need to be good at everything in order to be successful. I need to manage my weaknesses, but take advantage of your strengths. Maximize them. I'd recommend the book to those who are feeling directionless. 

They provide a test to help you discover your strengths. Since I did not buy the book, I found a similar one online. The test took about fifteen minutes and these are the results it gave me: 

RankStrengthsDescriptionScoreVideo explanation
1PositivityPeople strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.91Click Me
2ResponsibilityPeople strong in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.89Click Me
3ActivatorPeople strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.87Click Me
4EmpathyPeople strong in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others' lives or others' situations.87Click Me
5BeliefPeople strong in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.84Click Me
Freakishly accurate. 

One thing about journalism/journalists that has always bothered me is the cynical attitude of the profession. I know that being neutral is important to the profession, but I don't do cynicism well. I find energy out of being positive.

To ring home the point, here is my weakest strength:
34CompetitionPeople strong in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.51Click Me
I am NOT a competitive person. I just don't enjoy it. I respect people who are competitive people, but at the end of the day, it's not how I like to live my life.

So, where does this leave me? I don't know, but I think that job on a boat might suit me well.
Good news, I have an interview for a temp position with Creative Circle. It's for a social media position. I'm excited
Accomplishments for 1/8:
-Read 80 pages of Strengthsfinder book

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