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F

inding the right job
takes more than luck and
tenacity. Sure, hard work
is a requirement for any
successful career, but you’re
much more likely to succeed
if you find a company that’s
a good long-term fit for your
career goals. It’s a popular
saying, but it’s very true: If
you find a job you love, you’ll
never work a day in your life.
The most successful careers
often start with something
you’re passionate about. And
to find a good match for your
skills and interests in the
workforce, you’ve got to look
first inside yourself.
• Get honest
feedback
Sometimes it’s hard to see
yourself in the same light
that others see you. Ask your
friends, family and co-workers
how you present yourself
professionally and what you
can do to improve the image
you portray.
It’s a tough conversation to
have — and certainly not
one you can have with just
anyone — but it can help you
get insights that you never
would have thought of on
your own.
You can also practice job
interview skills with another
person who can serve as
your coach. They should be
someone you trust to give
you honest advice about
what you need to work on. It
might be how you speak, how

Know Yourself

you look or how you use body
language, but clear feedback
from another person —
preferably someone who
is a good example of
professionalism themselves
— can be very valuable.
• Point out your
ProGress
Employers are probably going
to ask about your weaknesses.
Be prepared not only with a
good, clear answer, but also
with concrete ways you’ve
overcome your personality

flaws.
They don’t just want to know
what kind of skills they’re
getting, but the methods you
take to improve your value to
the company, too.
For example, if you’re a
naturally shy person, you
can bring up concrete stories
about steps you’ve taken to
communicate better with
your co-workers. Maybe you
volunteered to organize
a local fundraiser or took
a speech class in college.

While no employee is
perfect, employers do want
to see things you’re doing to
improve on your skill set.
• know where you
shine
If you’re really good at
one particular skill — such
as organization, project
planning or creativity —
don’t be shy about pointing
that out and giving specific
examples of how it has helped
you in similar jobs in the past.
You need to truly understand

where your strengths lie and
be able to articulate that
clearly and confidently when
given the chance.
Some people might see that
as bragging, but it’s perfectly
appropriate in a job interview.
If you’re good at something,
don’t be shy about it. Bring
it up. Show your potential
employer what you bring
to the table. By knowing
yourself, you’ll be much more
likely to find a job that makes
you happy for the long term.

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