The Clifton Strengths Starter Is The Best $20 Investment Young Professionals Need To Make

The Clifton Strengths Starter Is The Best $20 Investment Young Professionals Need To Make

It is like having an interview response cheat sheet.

As young, upcoming professionals, many of us have years of interviews, networking, elevator speeches, resumes, and cover letters ahead of us. Without years worth of experience to reflect back on, it can be hard to know how to sell yourself.

One of the most valuable tools I have found to know exactly how to sell myself has been the Clifton Strengths Starter delivered through Gallup Strengths Center.

This is basically a more sophisticated version of a personality test and it can be an amazing tool to help me and other young professionals know what they have to offer.

For $19.99, you get:

  • Your Signature Themes Report: "This report presents your top five so you can identify your dominant talents and start leading a strengths-based life."
  • Strengths Insight Report: "This guide offers an in-depth analysis of your top five. Unique to your specific combination of strengths, this report describes who you are in astonishing detail and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of yourself, your strengths and what makes you stand out."
  • Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide: "This guide provides an in-depth analysis of each of your top five, personalized based on your unique strengths profile. It also includes 10 action items for each to help you think about how to start building and applying your strengths every day."
  • Other tools and resources. "You can dive deeper into strengths-based development with your complimentary electronic copy of StrengthsFinder 2.0 and other supporting materials."

Many companies employ these kinds of test to foster development and to focus in on how team members can better work together and contribute. However, I have used my strengths and the other tools provided through this package to better illustrate my strengths, how I work independently and in a team, and how I can add value to a company during interviews and other application processes.

My top 5 strengths are:

1. Strategic

2. Analytical

3. Learner

4. Relator

5. Arranger

From this, I can communicate to potential employers that I am good at finding the most efficient and effective plan and have the skills to know exactly how each of the team members fit into that plan and how to best execute.

These are things that I wouldn't have thought to string together or to name as my greatest strengths without taking the test and it gave me a credible and recognizable source to back up these claims alongside my personal examples.

Through reading the reports, you are able to find ways in which your strengths play a role in your working relationships and your own personal working style. They provide you with words that could be used to describe yourself, situations you work well in, and how you best work in the grand scheme of things.

I review these documents before every interview, writing any cover letter, or even updating my resume. Reading the reports reminds me what I am good at and what I should be communicating.

For less than $20, the Clifton Starter is a great investment that gives yourself an edge in your job hunt!

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11 Things Only People With Texting Anxiety Will Understand

Did I respond too quickly? Ugh, auto-correct! Why is he taking so long to respond?

Some lucky humans were blessed with the social confidence that others can only dream of. These divine individuals can text anyone--their crush, friend, boss, ex, you name it--without feeling nervous. How do these demigods face those three evil dots which signal an incoming response with such blatant disinterest? It's as if they know the response will be in their favor! Either that or they are so utterly courageous that even the possibility of rejection fails to strike fear into their hearts. Whatever magic these bold humans use, not everyone is as lucky. Here are some things that those without texting anxiety just won't understand:

1. Over analyzing punctuation and phrasing.

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I hear Ye Old Cafe has an awesome lunch menu!

2. Predicting a rejection and assuming the worst.

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Great, he hates me! He thinks I'm a total weirdo and is probably mocking my very existence right now.

3. Auto-correct embarrassment.

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Don't seem too eager... PLEASE LOVE ME! Dang, I think that was too eager...

4. Those three little dots of dread.

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Wow, your response time is impeccable... NOT! Just say what you need to say!

5. Assuming the worst when someone doesn't respond.

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She has probably been attacked by zombies...and I was too slow to save her. Oh god! What if she's still being attacked? What do I do?

6. Feeling like a bother when you text first.

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Hey! Oh dang, I'm probably annoying her...I take it back!

7. Trying to decipher the exact meaning of excess letters.

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"Funnyyy!" OK, three y's, that means he thinks I'm actually funny? No, he's definitely mocking me.

8. Deciding on a context appropriate emoji.

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OK, to use the eggplant emoji or to not use the eggplant emoji...

9. Immediately regretting a text and wishing there was a way to undo it.

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"LOL, you're sooooooo funny :)" OH GOD NO, that sounded way too eager! ABORT MISSION!

10. Wondering what you did wrong when someone is online but ignores your text.

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Great, that status was probably about me...she could at least say it to my face!

11. The fear of misinterpreting a text.

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He didn't use a smiley face...that means he's mad at me! Or is he just busy? Or maybe he just didn't see it...should I send it again?

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