Make sure you give a great first impression to future employers by telling them in the best possible way what you’re really good at.
To help you think about where your strengths lie, have a go at our strengths tool.
Not only will the tool give you details about your strengths, but it will give you career suggestions and employability information to help you with your job search.
No matter what your work situation is, it’s important to highlight your strengths on job applications.
Think about what's unique about you that will help you stand out from other candidates.
‘School leavers have to do this all the time as they often don’t have a work history to rely on. You can acknowledge in your cover letter that your experience is limited but that you have many strengths. Explain why you think you are suited to the position and that you are open to new challenges,’ says Hazel Griffith, Careers Adviser.
Remember to work your strengths into your personal profile and covering letter. For every job application, make a clear connection between the type of person they’re looking for and your own personal strengths.
Once you get to the interview stage, remember to reinforce everything you’ve already said in your application about your strengths. My Interview will help you to practice.
Make sure you give good examples of how you have used your strengths. If you’re a good problem solver, give an example of a problem you were faced with at school or in a previous job, how you solved it and what you achieved in the process. Examples of how you put your strengths into practise are very important to a potential employer. The more relevant examples you have the more likely you are to score highly in the interview.
If you’re asked why you think you’re a good fit for the job, make sure to link the tasks and responsibilities involved in the role with your own personal strengths.
My Strengths can help you pick out the strengths that will make you and your CV stand out from the crowd. Once you’re done, you can download your personalised strengths report, packed full of information on your strengths.
My CV can help you build a CV step by step. There are a range of different styles to choose from and a dedicated section for your strengths.
My Interview is a great way to practice your interview technique so you feel confident and jitter-free on the day.
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A strength is something you're naturally good at, like organising or being at ease talking to people.
A skill is something you gain with learning and experience, like knowing how to work a till or give a PowerPoint presentation.