“What is the right career path for me?”
We’ve all been there.
I remember when I first ventured into the workforce, and I’ve wondered the same. Equipped with only the knowledge that I have an interest in understanding people, their behaviours, and thinking.
I have been in the executive search industry since. I find sheer joy in connecting talents to organisations. Believing in applying my decade of HR experience to add value to the industry where it has always been more about sales than quality hiring.
Later, when I discovered the Gallup and CliftonStrengths, not only that my passion intensified, I came to understand where my passion for understanding people came from. I had the great opportunity to be part of the Lee Hecht Harrison team and got my first-hand experience in coaching career transition clients. And how I got to use my strengths to unleash my potential and enjoy what I do today immensely.
You can achieve that too.
Steps to finding the right job for you
However, if you scour the internet, you will find the typical guidance to finding the right job for you. You will most likely see the following steps.
1. Analyse your skills and understand them
Explore what you can and cannot do, your capabilities and capacity, and limitations. Understand your level of skills. Knowing your strengths, you can easily optimise for the best by using complementary skills to achieve your goals.
Ask yourself, what do you hate to do the most and is the worst at it? For instance, saying you hate doing sales and sales is what you believe is your worst trait.
However, say you know that Relator is one of your Gallup strengths.
A Relator enjoys building a close and strong relationship with others.
Knowing that allows you to not just build close relationships with your clients, you will understand their feelings, dreams, goals, failures, and more.
So without doing any sales talk, you get them to trust you.
And that is the first step to doing sales.
2. List out your top 10 job criteria
Make a wish list of the types of jobs you want or what factors will affect your decision making. For instance, work outside of an office is a must or a company established less than five years.
3. Investigate what is needed for those jobs
Understand the requirements of the role you’d most likely choose. Know what unique skills will be most advantageous for the job.
4. Acquire experience or additional qualifications in those areas
You may need to build up the right skills to get hired. There are many options available today. Some are pretty quick fixes too.
5. Investigate or do career tests to understand your options better
Sometimes you may need to take up jobs to explore and experience the work first hand to know if you’d like it. That is why internship and management training programs are for.
6. Show your skills that match the job requirements
On the other hand, you’d be likely given a free simple test too. You’ll need to rate your interests, skills proficiency, your work style, and personal value to discover your career path.
There are a few problems with these techniques.
- If you do not get step 1 right, the entire flow will lead you down the wrong path. Eventually, you’ll feel stuck and unhappy with the job you’ve landed.
- Whatever answers you’ve given on the free test may not be what you truly understand about yourself or aware of.
- One other problem is that it takes time for you to explore and experiment before you land on something you like. Some people spent almost a decade before embarking on the career path they are most happy in.
- Free tests provide generic reporting of your profile with no guidance from professionally certified practitioners.
We believe that if you want to understand your career path truly, you need to know your strengths first. It is a simple formula.
[quote] Strength = Talent x Investment
By knowing, you can leverage your strengths to unleash the best version of yourself.
Simple, right? But how do you know what your talents are?
You can do a simple self-questioning to understand the gist.
- Which tasks made me the happiest at work?
- When under much stress, how do I react?
- How do I organize my thoughts when stressed to make a decision quickly,?
- What makes you the happiest in life?
- What’s your idea of an ideal job and life?
Or you can take a CliftonStrengths assessment to get a detailed analysis of your unique combination of strengths.
What is CliftonStrengths and how can it help you?
CliftonStrengths assessment (formerly known as Gallup StrengthsFinder) was developed by Don Clifton after World War 2. He spent his life researching and inventing ways to help people maximize their infinite potential.
Gallup’s CliftonStrengths is a science of strengths formulated in the belief that talent is one’s natural thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. When combined with the investment of time on developing one’s skills, it became strengths.
Research has shown that those who have genuinely learn about their strengths and invested in honing them are
- More engaged at work
- More productive in their roles
- Happier and healthier
Self-actualization is the phase where one naturally takes full advantage of their talents while being aware of their limitations (Maslow, 1943).
Believed as the highest form of achievement of self-fulfilment needs. People who achieved self-actualization enjoy a happier and more fulfilling life.
The 34 Themes and 4 Domains of CliftonStrengths
Based on the decades of research, Don Clifton studied and categorized the 34 talents into four domains of successful people around the world.
By taking the CliftonStrengths assessment, you will uncover your unique combinations of 34 CliftonStrengths themes.
Your 34 CliftonStrengths combination will tell you how you naturally behave, feel, and think. While the domains give you an idea of the inclination of your talents.
Looking for the right career path may not be a simple task. But with the help of technology and proven techniques, you don’t have to spend unnecessary time and effort on trial and error.
For CliftonStrengths test or understand the assessment better, we offer services in helping candidates to understand themselves better through CliftonStrengths. Together with the assessment, we include expert advisory on ways to unleash your potential for a more fulfilling life.
Amos Tay is the Managing Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and leads our executive search business across the region. With over ten years of experience, Amos has helped clients obtain quality hires through proven assessment methodology. He specialises in the supply chain and logistics sector across Asia and believes that “people matters”. This philosophy pushes Amos to deliver quality hires for his clients while helping candidates build strong partnerships among stakeholders focusing on individual strengths.