Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day at work? For most of us, the answer is unfortunately “No!”
In the United States, only 32% of workers say they use their strengths every day, according to 2007 Gallup® research.
You are God’s unique masterpiece created for good works. How different would your work life be if you could do what you do and like best every day? You would be happier and more productive.
Discover your strengths: gifts (experiences, abilities and personality) and passions (what you like and value).
Look for opportunities with your current employer to offer your best. One major corporation’s career development program found that:
- 30% of their employees were in the right jobs.
- 55% of their employees were in the wrong jobs and better fits for other jobs in the company.
- 15% left the company.
Don’t wait. Take charge of yourself and your career. Discover your strengths and target job opportunities.
Develop Your Strengths
All of us have natural strengths and weaknesses.
Once upon a time, training focused on everyone being good at everything, which meant that you worked extra hard trying to make your natural weaknesses stronger. The problem was no matter how much training you got, if you were not talented in a particular area, you would never be great!
Today, more attention is being paid to identifying your talents – your most natural thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Your talents are foundational and reflected in your personality, interests, values, spiritual gifts and calling. Add knowledge and skills to your talents to build your strengths.
Online Career Assessment for Talents
Everyone – including you – has talents. Based on a 40-year study of human strengths, the Gallup® organization created a language of the 34 most common talents and developed the Clifton StrengthsFinder® online career assessment to help people discover your strengths and describe these talents.You can discover your top 5 talent themes to which you can add knowledge and skills to develop your strengths. Over a million people have taken it. Learn more and buy the StrengthsFinder book with a registration code to take the online career assessment.
Combine what you learn about your talents with Step 3: Aptitude of our 7 Step Crossroads Career Work Book to turn online career assessment into on-the-ground action. You can find jobs, career and God’s calling – doing what you do best for people who need it most.
Updated July 31, 2016