How to work out your skills and help your career

I decided to write this piece in response to something I saw last week at church.

My friend, Paul, has a PhD and is a lecturer and researcher in medieval history at a local University.  He’s a clever guy.

However, last week we were setting up the church for the toddlers group when I saw him trying to work out how to assemble a 7 piece foam play house.  To be honest, despite his great intellect, this little construction job had him a bit stumped.  It was actually quite amusing to watch.

He’s a smart guy but not particularly skilled with more practical things.

And this started off my thinking on what we’re good at.  I’m fairly good at writing, I’ve been told I’m a pretty good public speaker too.

But what are you good at?

Not sure?

OK, then look at this way: Are there things that those around you tell you you’re good at?  If so, it’s possible that these things could help your career or help to improve your business.

You see, I’m a firm believer that we all have strengths but we Brits are encouraged not to think too much of ourselves.  And I think that that way of thinking is, much of the time, incorrect.

So, have a bit of a think.  What to people say you’re good at?  Try and take the time to write these things down.

Then think about how these things might be added to your CV.  Is it possible that some of the things you’re good at might be beneficial to a potential employer or customer(s)?

If you’re still not sure then there’s nothing wrong with asking.  But, be sure to ask those you trust to be honest with you.

However, you need to be a little bit wise about this:  Your rugby playing mates might like your sense of humour, and a good sense of humour might be handy to put on a dating website, but a potential boss or client may not want to know that you’re more of a joker than a worker.

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