There is a good chance you are unsure about your professional aspirations or you have not given the idea much thought. It is essential to know one’s own strengths and weaknesses when developing a career.
In this post, we will highlight the most important steps you should take to properly identify your main objectives and the effort needed to ensure they are achieved.
Think about and write down any activities which, over the course of your life, you have felt passionate about, where you showed your maximum potential and which motivated you intrinsically, regardless of whether or not they were obligatory. You may need some help from someone who knows you well to complete this step properly, as they will be able to provide an outsider’s perspective on your most outstanding features.
2. Role Models
Now identify role models with whom you have worked in the past – both in academic and professional settings – and note down their strengths in terms of enhancing talent. Here, it is essential to identify attitudes and types of behaviour that not only benefit the individual but also the group as a whole. Within an organisation, results will depend on various people and you should be ready to develop your ability to work in a team.
3. Action Plan
For this step, you should focus your attention on your weaknesses or areas where there is potential for growth when compared to the role models identified in the previous stage. Write down a series of ideas for improving on your weaknesses. You should say what you intend to do in quite some detail at this stage. For example, if one of your weaknesses is being disorganised, you should write a daily time plan in order to improve on that and also write down the specific actions you will undertake.
Finally, together with the conclusions you have reached, propose three positive adjectives to describe yourself and another three that describe how you would like to be in the near future. Bear in mind that some of the most outstanding qualities in a person are: knowing oneself well; being able to anticipate the challenges we will find most difficult; and making an effort to try and improve our ability to tackle tough situations.
Whenever you apply for a job, it is essential that you express your objectives and goals clearly, as well as the aptitudes and attitudes you will adopt in order to achieve them. In any case, it is absolutely fundamental to view your skills as something that can always be improved upon. This is crucial for finding the motivation to work on them and being able to move towards achieving the goals we set ourselves. Furthermore, this process should be ongoing; it is not something you do just once but is something that should be instilled within you, becoming an integral part of how you think and act.
Ana Gómez Regidor
Development Dep. Acciona S.A.
At one point or another in our lives, the vast majority of us have been unemployed and therefore actively seeking work.
It is important to view this situation not as a period of inactivity in our professional career but rather quite the opposite: we should realise that our “profession” in such a situation is one of “jobseeker”.
In this “job”, as in any other job, we need to establish an action strategy, set short-, medium- and long-term goals, train ourselves and develop our areas for improvement, make plans, assess progress and take decisions upon reaching certain milestones.
This profession also involves a significant amount of marketing activity, where the product being sold is yourself. Hence, a marketing approach needs to be adopted – identify the outstanding characteristics we can offer as we would when trying to sell a product, who the potential “buyers” are, which distribution channels should be used, etc.
In this regard, special attention should be given to our personal brand on the social networks by building a digital identity that raises our profile among those whose attention we are most interested in attracting.
It is also highly important to pay attention on a daily basis to job search and time management efforts. As jobseekers, we should set ourselves a timetable for work and specify the various activities to be carried out during the day: building professional networks, identifying opportunities, monitoring job offers, interviews, training, etc. However, all this should be done without losing sight of the necessary balance between these activities and our personal life: sport, family, friends.
In a climate such as this, with high rates of unemployment, being the best “professional jobseeker” will give us more chances to achieve that sought-after goal of finding a job. Don’t forget to apply as much, or more, enthusiasm to this task every day as you would any other job. Good luck, all the best and let’s hope you find an opportunity that enables you to become part of the ACCIONA team.
Head of Talent- ACCIONA
Those of you who have been to several job interviews will know by now that interviewers tend to have a number of favorite questions that they use to compare profiles and come up with the best candidate.
We’ve put together three articles to help you tackle this kind of situation, come up with the right answers to these classic interview questions and come through with flying colors.
This first article looks at the questions that attempt to find out what the candidate is like.
What are your weaknesses?
A word of advice: don’t launch into a long list of your personal weak points. Keep calm and pick out two of them that best lend themselves to be turned into positive qualities for the job for which you’re being interviewed.
What are your strengths?
This is the ideal moment to highlight the things that set you apart from the crowd. Seize the potential that this question holds and focus on four or five of your personal qualities that are best suited for the job.
Do you consider yourself a successful person?
Don’t hesitate: the answer is a resounding “yes”. Being successful doesn’t mean being a control freak. Tell the interviewer about some of your main academic and professional achievements.
Why do you think you are the best candidate?
Careful, you’re not being asked for your strong points (although it’s a good moment to underline them). Start by pointing out why your training makes you the best person for the job. Be enthusiastic; show the interviewer that you really want the job. Moderate enthusiasm goes a long way. Avoid, however, comparing yourself to other candidates: concentrate on bringing out the best in you.
What do you know about this company?
Be sure to do your homework before you turn up for the interview. Browse the company’s website and gather a bit of general information—e.g. what it does, annual turnover, or where it operates—as well as specific details on the post you want. After all, the interviewer wants to know why you want to join the company. Show him that you’re totally clear in your mind.