When searching for a job, it’s important to figure out what’s meaningful to you — but it’s also important to figure out what you’re good at. If you’re a cancer survivor, it can be difficult to identify which of your professional skills remain strong and viable after a long time away from the workforce or which skills you possess that would be relevant for a desired career change. An article by The Muse suggests four questions to ask yourself to help identify these strengths.
- Which skills have helped you thrive? Think about skills you’ve used multiple times in challenging situations, even back to childhood. That common thread likely identifies something you’re good at.
- What makes you feel strong? Take note of the times that you feel most energized and successful, as these moments can serve as clues to what your strengths are. Think about what you do when you’re overwhelmed and want to feel in control.
- What made you stand out as a child? You might think back to your childhood and find that you had an innate talent, which may have seemed like an oddity at the time. For instance, were you always doodling on your notebook? Perhaps you’re more creative than you think!
- What compliments do you tend to ignore? We often overlook our most obvious strengths because they are what we devote the least amount of time and effort to achieving. But that doesn’t mean they’re not valued. Keep an ear out for compliments you receive often but repeatedly dismiss, as doing so might help you recognize an asset you have that others in the workplace do not.
For more information on how you can identify your skills and add to your personal arsenal, view our recorded webinar “Enhancing Your Skills: Prepping for Success,” part of our Balancing Work & Caner Webinar Series.
To read the complete Muse article, click here.