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Book Review: Strengths Finder 2.0 Book and Assessment

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Strengths Finder 2.0 Book and Career Assessment ReviewAre you having a hard time deciding what to do with your future?  Or do you already know what you want to do, but can’t seem to get past the interview stage?  Having an awareness of what your natural strengths are can help in both these situations.   Strengths Finder 2.0 will help you discover your strengths, how to utilize them effectively, and most importantly – how to articulate them to a prospective employer or school.

Sell Your Strengths

Oftentimes,  people don’t have a clue as to what their exact strengths are and will frequently give generic answers in interviews,  such as “I’m a team player” or “I’m a creative thinker” which do nothing to help you stand out from the crowd.  On the other hand, if you have no idea what job you want, you can use the self-awareness of your strengths to help you identify possible careers. Students heading to college can similarly find the best college for them and rock the admission interview or essay.

Using Strengths Finder 2.0, you’ll know how to sell yourself and accurately articulate your strengths so employers and universities know exactly what you have to offer and why you’re a good fit for that position or school.  Each copy of Strengths Finder 2.0 includes:

  • A personalized Strengths Discovery and Action-Planning Guide for applying your strengths in the next week, month and year
  • A more customized version of your Top 5 theme report
  • 50 Ideas for for Action (10 strategies for building on each of your top 5 themes)
  • A unique access code to the StrengthsFinder 2.0 Assessment and companion website, which includes a library of downloadable discussion guides.

It Worked for Me

I personally have had success in using this book – I was interviewing for a new position within the company I was currently working for and I had been made aware that I was up against some tough competition with other co-workers.  I knew I had to go into that interview knowing how to confidently explain why I was the best fit for the job and what exactly I could offer over other prospects – as with any interview.  This was something I had struggled with in the past.  As a counselor, I knew I was good at working with people in vulnerable situations, helping individuals identify the root of their problems, and helping them resolve them.  But what counselor wasn’t good at those things? Those were a given.  I had to find a way to stand out.

After reviewing my results from the assessment, I began to gain a deeper understanding of my strengths and knew exactly how to articulate them in an interview. Four of my top five strengths were why I was a good counselor!  For example, I’m good at working with vulnerable populations because “Empathy” is a strength of mine – I can easily sense the feelings of an individual which helps me build stronger connections with clients.

 Two other strengths, “Connectedness” and “Restorative” mean I have a strong understanding that everything is somehow linked and can speculate to what is really going on in any given situation by looking beyond the concrete facts given to me; being able to identify exactly is wrong enables me to find better solutions quicker.  Lastly, I am a good at helping people solve their problems because of being a “Developer”, meaning I can recognize and cultivate the potential in others.

See how those explanations are much more valuable to an employer than a one or two-word answer?  If you want to rock your next interview, it’s time to expand your awareness of your strengths and know exactly what you have to offer.

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