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Unformatted text preview: about other people’s feelings in decision-making rather than the facts. They can be overly emotional and take decisions personally that were not at all personal. They tend to avoid uncomfortable situations such as change or conflict and may do what it takes to be included in the group rather than what is the best decision for a project. Others may take advantage of them, as considerates will often agree to take on more than their share of work in a project in order to make others happy. Some common careers for considerate personality types include: Psychologist or therapist Social worker HR Manager Physical Therapist Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 17 Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses Managing Your Career 3. Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses 3.1 Introduction It takes an open mind and a bit of humility to be able to truly assess your own strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. However, you cannot effectively manage your career unless you do this work. Managing implies that you have control over something. So the only way to gain that control is to manipulate your skill set to match the career path that you want. In other words, if you want to be a trainer but you are a dreadful public speaker, you need to recognize that fact and take action to change it if you want to be successful as a trainer. If you were able to identify your own personality style in the last section, you will already know some of your potential weaknesses. But there may be some we didn’t identify. An honest self-assessment should be viewed as personal journey that will result in more opportunities for managing your career. Viewed in this light, there is nothing to fear in identifying your own weaknesses. your chance Please click the advert to change the world Here at Ericsson we have a deep rooted belief that the innovations we make on a daily basis can have a profound effect on making the world a better place for people, business and society. Join us. In Germany we are especially looking for graduates as Integration Engineers for • Radio Access and IP Networks • IMS and IPTV We are looking forward to getting your application! To apply and for all current job openings please visit our web page: www.ericsson.com/careers Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 18 Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses Managing Your Career 3.2 Identifying What a Job Requires Imagine for a moment that you have to hire someone for the position that you want. How would you rate as a candidate? Start by review the job itself, including the competencies and skills that are necessary. When you have this information, then you can begin to determine how you would evaluate yourself as a candidate. Assuming you have a job description or at least a basic understanding of what the job requires, do the following: Define the purpose of the job, the duties, and the responsibilities. Be as precise as you can. Review the responsibilities of similar positions in your current organization. How and what are they doing in the job? Add any new information to your list of duties and responsibilities. Research job descriptions online of similar positions – both inside your organization and in other organizations. What information can you take from those descriptions to help formulate your list of duties and responsibilities? Now, for each of the duties or responsibilities, what skills or competencies do you need? For example, if a duty is that you have to compile monthly financial reports, the skill or competency would be a basic understanding of accounting. If a duty is that you have to manage a team of sales people, then you need to have sales skills and supervisory skills. Once you have completed this prep work for any position that you are interested in, you can now rate yourself against the ‘ideal candidate’ for a position. This can help you identify any areas where you need to build your job-related skills. 3.3 Identifying General Strengths and Weaknesses In the last section, we looked at how you would measure up to a specific job. But what about your general skills that would come in handy in any job? Where are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to working with others, working on a team, or supervising other people? Here are some tips when identifying your strengths and weaknesses: 1. Make a ‘Strengths’ List. Start a journal where you list your significant achievements. You certainly know some areas where you excel already, and you can get additional areas of strengths from feedback from others like your boss or your co-workers. You can refer to this list from time to time when you need to remind yourself of all the things you are good at. Just be sure to keep it updated Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 19 Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses Managing Your Career 2. Make a ‘Weaknesses’ List Use this list not to chastise yourself, but as a kind of personal ‘to do’ list. You can use it to track your progress in each area that has needed improvement. Eventually, you may...
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2013 for the course BA 202 taught by Professor Cuongvu during the Fall '13 term at Copenhagen Business School.

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