During my second year at Wofford, I participated in a networking workshop called the sophomore experience. We learned what business casual meant and how to have a firm handshake. Probably the biggest thing I took away from that experience was my results from the strengths test.
Developer. Belief. Positivity. Learner. Connectedness.
These five strengths I wrote on a sticky note and left attached to my laptop for two years until it finally fell off. They were a constant reminder of strength. Yesterday, I had an interview with a recruiting agency here in Baltimore, and as I was preparing for the interview, I reviewed my strengths. It was an exercise in preparation, but it was also a pretty nice confidence boost. I’m good at stuff! I have strengths! During my interview, when asked about my weakness, I did the sneaky wording so that it was really a strength in disguise (*insert evil cackle*). The rest of the interview went very well, and I was relieved to have that anxiety over with, but it was really nice to remind or reintroduce myself to my own strengths. Maybe I had forgotten for a little while.
There’s a great sort of empowerment that comes from knowing oneself. If you’re looking for a confidence boost today, read through your resume (and if it’s not updated, you should consider doing so), or revisit your strengths. Hey, if you’ve got a couple of hours, here’s the test I took – Strengths Quest. Then pat yourself on the back for being so awesome.