Your Career -Taking Inventory

“….being let go from a company I’d been with for 10 years, took a big bite of my dignity.  The self-assessment package, recommended by my coach, did truly validate my capabilities and competencies.  I was wary at first, but the findings admittedly were a big boost to my ego and bolstered my confidence at every stage of the job hunting process.” Engineering Manager

In much the same manner that climbers of Mount Everest take inventory, at each base-camp level, to determine what supplies and equipment will be required for the next segment of the climb.  So it is in career transition.  You need to take inventory of your unique skills, experience, and talents to insure success during each phase of your job search.

In a nutshell, the career transition process is one in which the employer has a problem and is looking for a person to solve the problem.  As a problem solver, you must know yourself and be able to relate how your skills, experience, and knowledge match the employer’s need.

As you develop your resume, introduce yourself to networking contacts, and engage in interviews you must be able to clearly describe your unique talents and competencies.

Harvey McKay, author of at least a dozen books on the business of succeeding in business, suggests that…”the completion of psychometric tools with the assistance of a psychologist is a critical first step in the job search process.”

A systematic assessment process, using standardized measures is far more objective than any other individual evaluation process.  The results remind you of your:

Leadership and management style

Approach to conflict resolution

Values, preferences and beliefs

Team contribution and interaction pattern

Behavioral and work activity dimensions

Potential stress elements and coping ability

Communication pattern

Growth areas and blind spots

 

The results of the self-assessment, the inventory-taking process, enable you to more clearly specify the work environment and conditions in which you will be most productive and effective.

Having a greater sense of your abilities and strengths make it easier to prepare your resume, develop your elevator statement, and to talk about accomplishments.  In addition, knowing yourself well is essential in networking, selling you in the interview setting, and in salary negotiation.

In the career transition, the self-assessment process, inventory taking, reminds you of what makes you unique, validates you competencies, bolsters your confidence, and takes very little time.   And, it partially salves the wound to your dignity!!

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