How To Evaluate Yourself For Job Fit & Match
Now that you realised
the importance of getting a good job fit and match, the thing to do next is to
evaluate yourself and see what type of jobs suit you. In this article, we will
focus on the "you" part. That is how to evaluate yourself. There are basically a few
ways to go about doing that.
One can simply pay
money for those psychological and character tests that are widely commercially
available. Or you can also do it by yourself. Of course, most experts would
recommend that you pay the money to get a good reading of yourself and not
simply do it by yourself as you may get it all wrong and end up in a wrong job.
We would of course recommend taking a proper test and reading but we are also at
the same time practical and understanding of fresh job seekers' financial
situation and therefore suggest an cheaper alternative way for you to evaluate
Actually, anybody who
read management books or read those self-help books will know the basic Strength
and Weakness of Oneself Approach. But most of the time, we discovered people
just read & understand this famous basic principle and not actually practising
it. Don't just read and keep in mind. Don't be lazy. Take action now! Go get a
sheet of paper and draw a line in the middle. Write Strength and Weakness on
both partition sides.
further, we will highlight to you the importance of doing this basic homework.
We know some class clowns would always sneer and disagree with whatever a
Would anyone enter a
singing contest and perform on a stage if one knows that they cannot sing at all
and is out of tune half the time. Or would one dare to drive in a motor car
rally if he knows himself that he cannot handle the high speed driving
conditions of a motor rally. What will be the end result if a foolish soul do
both of the examples given above. More likely, he embarrassed himself in front
of audience in the singing contest and also get himself killed in the motor car
strength and weakness, will prevent one from attempting something foolish or do
anything that is not within their capabilities. Knowing one's limitations will
prevent one from driving a busload full of passengers when that person's skill
and judgment in driving are bad. Other people lives are at stake here. Such is
the importance of knowing one's personal strength and weakness.
Enough of emphasizing
the importance of knowing one's strength and weakness. Here is one very easy and
lazy way of writing down strength and weakness. It is simply to open up a
dictionary and start flicking through from the letter "a" to "z" and write down
all those character describing words and see if it applies to you.
This exercise is also
very useful for you later when those irritating interviewers asked you to
describe yourself. You then would not be too tongue tied and run out of words to
describe yourself. You can also show them what wonderful vocabulary you have.
This is another hot tip from us that you cannot do without. Get that distinct
advantage by doing this exercise immediately after reading this article. A stone
that kills few birds is a magical stone that everyone is searching. You have it
in your hands on and you only need to throw it.
To digress a bit, now
that you have written down the character describing words on the two partition
sides label "Strength" and "Weakness", you still have to do the very important
thing of memorising at least 10 qualities of your good points and perhaps 1 or 2
bad points or weakness. You don't want to look too perfect and infallible when
interviewer asked their favourite but irritating describe your strength and
weakness question. The point of memorising is to make it look natural and smooth
in an interviewing session. With practice, you will look extremely confident and
articulate and not like a tongue tied fumbling inexperienced idiot.
Back to our topic,
you should now know what kind of jobs to avoid and what kind of jobs you can
excel or capable of after analyzing yourself. You can then don't need to waste
time on those jobs that you know you are weak in and go for those jobs that you
can out run the rest. Why run in a top class running contest when you know you
are going to be last? Why don't you go and run in a lower class contest and be
the first? But if you want to run in a top class running contest, please take
note we are not stopping you or giving you our disapproval.
The idea here is only
to focus on the strength and weakness part of a person's character. We are
disregarding and putting aside other ideas of achieving a sense of achievement
by competing in a top class contest or "if you never try you never know"
thinking etc.. As people comes from all sorts of life and are different in many
ways, they are the only ones who know who they are, what they are like, how they
are like and what are their strength and weakness capabilities. They will be the
one making the judgement calls and decide for themselves which final contest
they want to run.
Such an exercise
towards knowing your strength and weakness allows you to patch up your weakness
and bit more aware of your own capabilities limitations. You can choose to
improve on those limitations or if cannot be improved have an idea where the
stop line is and avoid trouble. One can save one's own skin by knowing where the
stop line is and ask for additional assistance or training to go by that stop
Besides knowing your
own strength and weakness, you have to know what are you likes and dislikes. Do
the same thing and write down on a piece of paper all your likes on one side of
the page and your dislikes on the other side. Together with your earlier
strength and weakness paper, you have a potent combination that can knock off
all competitors and get that right job that matches you perfectly. Of course,
you need to do a bit of research of what jobs suit you, what did they do, how
they roughly go about doing it, what are the requirements of the jobs, what
trainings are needed etc.. You must always remember to ask questions about the
jobs when interviews asked if you have any questions for them. This not only
shows interest in the job, it will also help you decide if the job fits you and
match exactly all aspects of your criteria or requirements.
With most of the
basic work done, you are now ready to look for a job. Have fun and watch out for
our next article to assist you further in your search for the dream job.