Today at the Winston-Salem Job Search Network we discussed, “Who Am I.”
Here are the notes from this session:
- You are not your last Job Title, Industry or Company. You are the activities that did that you enjoyed and were successful doing in life & career.
- Write down these activities, be as granular as you can. Get down into the specific tasks & activities.
- Prioritize these activities by how much you enjoyed doing them and how successful you were doing them.
- Ponder them over & over again. When you are done – ponder even more
- Ask people you trust & respect to talk with you about what they think you are or what they think are your best talents, skills, experiences, passion, etc. Be blunt, bold & positive about the good stuff. Write down the stuff you should never do in another list.
- Never qualify what Who you are based on revenue or income. This comes later
- As you think about your activities, consider PAR Statements. This philosophy helps you to ascertain what you were good doing as it relates to success for your employers, clients, etc.
- Consider outlines documented in “What color is your parachute.”
- Consider StrenghtsFinder.com or other online & free Self Assessment tools
- Set out on a journey of coffee, sweet tea or “soda-30” with people you trust & respect, and who also trust & respect you. Have your arms wide open and ask, “What do you see me doing? What ideas do you have?” Collect all ideas and explore them.
- Listen to everyone, but be careful listening to nay-sayers or people who tell you, “You can’t do that.” They could be wrong, way wrong.
- Believe in yourself. Until you believe that you are what you say you are, no one else will.
- Once you feel good about your, “I AM…” statement, use it to guide your resume & LinkedIn modifications.