Leadership – Affirming It Truly Is for All

Have you taken the time to assess your own leadership qualities?  Did you know that leadership is being viewed by college admissions offices and employers as a valuable asset for all individuals who are making applications to their organizations?  Where do you stand with demonstrating humor, planning, vision, creativity, integrity, openness, assertiveness and development?

The following link leads to a wonderful article on the importance of leadership and the impact on anyone looking to get a job in the future.  Leadership is not something that happens overnight and it is not just for heads of corporations or nations.  Please take a few minutes to read the article and assess your own inventory of leadership qualities.  http://ezinearticles.com/?Leadership-in-a-Down-Economy-and-Using-it-to-Get-a-New-Job&id=2267609

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Creating a “Best You” Resume’

Presenting the picture of you to a potential employer requires a careful, accurate and quantifiable selection of words that will pique their interest and provide connections to their need and purpose for hiring you.  Many times over the past several months I have referenced the importance of measuring natural ability. In so doing, it is possible to quantify characteristics which are valued by employers and most especially in today’s job market.

Just as there are jobs that no longer exist, the words once highly effective in resumes have also changed.  There was a great article on MSN Careers about writing an eye-catching resume’.  Click here to read the article.  Click here if you want to know more about measuring your natural abilities.

Connecting Passions, Talents and Careers

“The biggest mistake people make in life is not making a living doing what they most enjoy.”  Malcolm S. Forbes 

 ”Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” Alan Armstrong

Both of these men have lived lives dedicated to their passions, using their talents and establishing careers that are recognized by millions.  Their success may be measured by some people by the money they have made or their impact on the world.  But most important is their own perception of their lives.  In sharing their quotes we get a glimpse of what living their passions has meant to them.

As I write this blog in July of 2011, the unemployment rate is sitting at 9.2 percent leaving millions of people without jobs, disconnected from careers and questioning their direction.  But that is not the only alarming figure.  In recent articles, figures are being reported that 60-75 percent of workers dislike what they do for a living.  I say, “Life is too short not to be happy in your life’s work.”  What are you doing to assess your talents, skills, passions and direction?

Do you remember the learning to count worksheets you did in kindergarten and first grade that instructed you to connect the dots from 1-10 and in so doing you created a picture of something?  Well, connecting the dots of passion, skill and ability can help you create a masterpiece in life.  Creating the best you is about connecting all of the dots.   Need help?  Click here to contact me.

Know What You Have to Offer

Whether you are a high school student presenting yourself to a university market, a college student or adult looking to get in the work force, the question and need remain the same.  What do you have to offer?  In a recent homepage article for msn, the following article popped up, “How to Prepare for Your First Job Interview in 10 Years.”  The author, Anthony Balderrama, writes for CareerBuilder and this time his message was especially of interest to me and I hope to you.  He says, “The more you understand what you offer, the more confident you will be going in and the more focused you will be in sharing your skills and abilities.”

There is a distinct difference between skills and abilities.  Do you know the difference?  Did you know it is possible to measure abilities and quantify how they can influence job performance?  So, just as it is important to be able to give concrete examples of tasks or responsibilities and outcomes from a previous job in an interview, it is also important to know what the company’s expectations are and how your abilities can provide exactly what is needed to ensure a successful fit as an employee.

What is your personal marketability?  To measure your abilities and help you articulate what you have to offer….that’s my work!

What are Natural Abilities?

In school, as we were growing up, everyone knew who was the best reader, the fastest runner, the best artist or who would get the lead in the winter music festival. We knew who struggled with math, who would get picked last for the kickball team and who had the most friends.  There were no secrets!  As we got older, the Honor Roll list made everyone publicly aware of who the top performers were in academics and varsity teams made it clear who the top athletes were in each sport.

By a process of self elimination or promotion we established a place for ourselves in the pecking order of our peers.  What we didn’t know was that by the time we were about 14 years of age, our Natural Abilities were being solidified within our being.  Natural Abilities are those things we do easily and quickly.  They are not the things we have learned from our teachers or parents, but more the way in which we are hardwired.  Perhaps a part of our DNA.

Through a well documented process and years of research, it is possible to measure Natural Abilities like measuring intelligence.  However, unlike an IQ score that simply defines a level, measures of Natural Abilities can assist in defining career paths that would lend themselves to an individual’s most satisfying outcome based on strengths and compatibilities of varied abilities.  Understanding your abilities can mean the difference between loving what you do in your chosen career path or wondering why everyone else seems to love what they do except you.