If you are uncertain about what job to do next, still looking to find your best career path, or are finding it hard to explain what you’re good at, knowing your strengths can be a truly insightful way to make progress.

You may already be aware of some of your strengths, but you are likely to discover so much more of your unrealised or hidden talents by using the Strengths Profile tool. 

When people talk about strengths, most will probably think about “the things I’m good at” and that’s why people misunderstand strengths. As a result, they don’t get the performance and engagement that working from our strengths offers us.

The missing piece is energy. When you are using a strength, you feel energised. You get a buzz from what you are doing, and you feel like the ‘real me’ is coming through. You feel like you could go on all day, every day, using that strength, and it’s the activity that has you leaping out of bed in the morning. It’s what you’re born to do, and they help you be your best self.

Without the energy, over time, you will burn out.

Think back to something you do well but don’t particularly enjoy. Remember that satisfaction of a job well done, the positive reinforcement, and even the “well done” or “congratulations” you may have received. Perhaps you continue telling yourself that you must keep on doing it to be successful or to not let anyone down. Perhaps you’ve always considered these to be your strengths but at times felt confused as to your exhaustion. Over time, the impact of all of this runs out as it’s not sustainable. Without the energy, we call good performance a learned behaviour.

Now, learned behaviours aren’t bad; after all, they are things that we do well at. To be your best self, over the long term, you need to use your learned behaviours only when needed rather than consistently relying on them. Remember, when you need a holiday to get over a project, you are probably not using your strengths! 

  • What do you notice about the career decisions you’ve made so far?
  • How energized and motivated have you felt in the jobs you’ve done and the organisations you’ve worked in?
  • Has there been any potential disconnect here? Remember there’s a difference between doing a job because you know you have the skills and abilities to do it, and doing a job because it will enable you to use your strengths and shine as a result.

Sarah’s fantastic, providing exactly the right balance between challenge and support.  We used Strengths Profiling as the basis for our coaching, and I found this a stimulating approach which really unlocked my thinking.  Sarah was particularly great at helping me to explore how I had demonstrated – and could make more of – my ‘unrealised’ strengths.  I felt so much more positive by the end our sessions.

Senior Strategy Planning Officer (University of Birmingham)

What is the Strengths Profile Assessment?

Strengths Profile is a leading global online strengths assessment psychometric tool for individual executive, personal and team coaching, and career planning. Based on a decade of robust research in the field of positive psychology, by Alex Linley and the team at Capp, the survey has 180 questions and takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.

Over 1 million Strengths Profile assessments have been taken by individuals for personal reasons and staff members for professional purposes, globally. Strengths Profile can be done individually or as a team of up to 100 staff members, and can have a huge impact in both personal and professional development.

Strengths Profiling is not about matching you up to different career routes, but it can be an invaluable reference point when considering whether you want to apply for a job or not.

A Strengths Profile Debrief, which accompanies the completion of an assessment, will be a deeper, development coaching conversation so you can fully understand what the results mean for you and your career and identify how you can apply your strengths more fully. 

The Four Quadrants of Strengths Profiling

When writing job applications and preparing for interviews preparation, you can gain inspiration from the words and descriptions used in the strengths profile report to help you articulate what you’re good at and what you’re energised by. Just thinking about the ‘strength words’ in isolation will not add as much value as identifying examples of HOW and WHEN you’ve demonstrated these. This then feeds really well into generating some great evidence and examples for competency questions at interview. 

After the initial free consultation with Sarah, we decided that the Strengths Profile was what I needed to prepare for an interview that was coming up. The Strengths Profile was easy to complete and the report it produced gave me a real insight into who I am and made me realise what my strengths and weaknesses were. Sarah was absolutely fantastic during the debrief session where we discussed my strengths and weaknesses in depth. She coached me gently in preparing for my interview without giving me too much pressure. Sarah not only revived my passion about what I do but I felt more confident in myself professionally afterwards. I was delighted as I was then offered the job!

Hospital IT Project Manager

So when you’re reading job and person specifications for new roles, consider how your strengths could be utilised. 

Strengths Profiling can really impact on your self-awareness and give you the insight you need with a one-off Debrief Strategy call (up to 60 minutes), or you can book a longer Debrief call (up to 90 minutes) if you’d like to have more time to talk through your career strategy or interview preparation. If you can see how this tool could really help your colleagues or teams within your organization, then debriefs can be delivered via a workshop in conjunction with coaching support for individuals.

To book your Strengths Profile Online Assessment, receive an 18-page Expert Profile Report, and schedule a Debrief Strategy Call, get in touch now – sarah@sarah-robinson.co.uk.

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