Here we are again. It’s mid-February, it’s cold, classes are well under way, and we’re all beginning to gear up for one of the biggest days of the year – The U of M Job and Internship Fair. This fair, which comes but once a year, plays host to more than 300 employers representing every imaginable industry.
To some, this might sound like fun. To others, not so much. Fairs like this can often be overwhelming for students, and here at the Office for Student Engagement, we are hoping to put some of your worriers to rest. How do we plan on doing this? Strengths of course!
If you think about it, your Strengths are the one thing that matters tomorrow. Show the employers what you are capable of and what comes naturally to you, and you shouldn’t have any problem getting callbacks. So, without further ado, here are our Top 5 tips for utilizing your Top 5 at tomorrow’s big event:
- Consider using your Strengths on your resume. It’s a great conversation piece when talking with a recruiter, and if you know your Top 5 well, you will have no problem articulating why you would be a good fit for the job.
- Read the “Student Action Items” for each of your strengths, especially the tips found under “career.” You can find these action items in the StrengthsQuest book or at: http://www.strengthsquest.com. Log in and click on the “apply tab.”
- Take the time beforehand to read over your Strengths Insight Report so that you can speak with confidence about your Top 5 to potential employers.
- “What are your strengths?” is one of the most commonly asked interview questions. At the career fair, beat employers to the punch! Incorporate your Strengths into your elevator pitch, and be sure to talk to each employer about the specific Strengths you have that would be most beneficial to their company and the role you want. Be sure to provide past examples of how you’ve used your Strengths to be successful.
- Make Strengths part of your Personal Brand! Your strengths are part of your personal brand which is what sets you apart from others. Incorporate strengths into your conversations. Not everyone has taken StrengthsFinder or is familiar with the names of the 34 talent themes, so practice describing your strengths without using strengths lingo. For example, instead of saying, “I’m a Woo!” you could say something like, “I’m comfortable asking questions to learn about someone I’ve just met which has been helpful in building relationships with new co-workers.”
So there you have it, our Top 5 for your Top 5! Still have more questions? Still not sure how to use your Strengths? No worries! We will have a booth set up at the fair tomorrow, so feel free to swing by at any point to brush up on your Strengths knowledge.
For more Strengths + Career resources click here.
Good luck and see you at the fair!