Graduating from college was probably one of the most exciting and unnerving times of my life. I was happy to be out in the “real world,” but the idea of finding a job seemed impossible (especially for an English major). I knew that if I wanted to find a job, I would need to put in the time and effort. Although, I didn’t want to spend too much time and effort applying for jobs that didn’t suit my career goals. So before beginning my job search, I read a book that I felt would best enable me to apply confidently and find a job that suited my career objectives.
Knowing your strengths is crucial for getting a job—especially a first job. Companies will expect you to be self-assured in your skills and abilities and at least being aware of them can make all the difference. The online assessment is great for finding out what your strengths are, but the book goes into more detail about how to work with and adapt to certain situations depending on your results. Personally, I found this to be extremely helpful when applying for my first job. Since I knew my strengths, I could easily explain to employers how I could positively contribute to the position or a team. It also made me aware of the jobs I sent my applications to. If a job description wanted skills that were similar to my strengths, I knew that I would feel more poised and confident going into the interview.
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Contributors: Carlee Linden from Best Company