In the last article of our How To Stand Out series, life coach Bibi Caspari talked about how considering your passions can help separate any job seeker from the competition. Though passions are powerful, Caspari also finds that defining your strengths in order to articulate them to your potential employer is another way to help a job seeker stand out. Watch: 3 Tips For Making Your Resume Stand Out To Recruiters “Everybody has strengths,” said Caspari. Caspari works with a lot of at-risk individuals, both youth and adult. She's found they typically feel they don’t have a whole lot to offer a company because they’ve been in jail or prison. They don’t think they can get hired, which sets them up for failure. “A lot of people don’t see their own strengths,” said Caspari. “Whether you’ve done time or not, getting a fresh perspective from a life or career coach can help you notice things about yourself you never thought could be strengths in the workplace.” But how does one even begin to define strengths or how to stand out? One of Caspari’s courses, "Looking at Strengths," helps answer this question by asking five questions that help individuals pinpoint what they are good at. The questions include:
- What kind of activities do I like to do?
- What makes me happy?
- What are my talents and skills?
- What are my accomplishments?
- What are my best qualities?