After reading and participating in the activities located within the book Strengths Finder 2.0 I have been able to single out three of my top strengths and applied them to my work experience and how they make me an asset in any work field. My top three strengths are; individualization, achiever, and competition. People who have talent in individualization are able to find the unique qualities within each person and have a great quality for figuring out how different people can work together productively. In the sales portion of my job, it is very important that I recognize the uniqueness of every account and most importantly the unique qualities of every account representative which usually are reflected in their businesses. I have displayed this skill countless times in the field by being able to market the product I represent to a diverse spectrum of accounts, and recognizing the best ways to apply the benefits of my product to the diverse personalities and vision of the account representatives I work with.
The achiever strength applies to people that have great stamina and a hard work ethic, they take pleasure in being productive and busy. I would consider this strength en grained within my personality from day one. I need to be constantly busy because you cannot improve yourself, or anything for that matter, while being idle. An example of my achieving ability is the duration of my junior and senior years in college. While maintaining a full course load and an exceptional GPA I was working two part time jobs accumulating a minimum of 45 hours of work per week. Not only was I working a considerably large amount of hours and being consumed by school work, but I excelled in every aspect of both jobs and school. When my work and school obligations were taken care of I still kept busy by being very physically active within the gym and athletics.
Finally, my third strength is competition which are typically people who measure their progress against others and strive to win or be the best in every aspect. This strength describes me perfectly as I've always been active in competitive athletics. A professional example displaying my competitive drive is when I, along with all the other sales representatives of my brand, were given ad incentive to increase sales by way of signing new accounts. We had a month long sales drive in which I beat out all of my peers by signing six accounts, an average of 1.5 a week. The next closest competitor had 4 accounts. To better pronounce my competitive drive, I aimed to beat out everyone even though I was the only part time employee, working half the hours of all of my peers.
Overall I would say the strengths finder was very accurate in naming the qualities that are most pronounced in my personality and I have clearly displayed all of these strengths in a professional environment with concrete results. These strengths would make me an asset to any company, brand, or institution that would allow me to exercise them.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Currently I am finishing up my bachelors degree at the University of New Hampshire, I also am the on-premise representative for the seacoast of New hampshire for Red Bull through the distributor Amoskeag Beverages LLC. Upon completion of my degree I hope to continue my work with Red Bull as a marketing representative/advisor. I would love to be relocated and be given the opportunity to explore our country in a professional and personal manor. I also would not mind doing some world traveling as I am still young and would love to take advantage of my unsettled situation to gain a better understanding of the workings of the world. My vision is to work my way up the corporation at Red Bull (or another large corporation if available) to gain experience in networking and better hone my skills as a marketing entity. A big passion of mine would be to offer my skill set to the advancement of the sport I am so passionate about, lacrosse. I would love to work for a major or up and coming lacrosse equipment/apparel company and use my skills to not only advance the company I work for, but to advance the popularity and profitability of the sport. I consider this part of my career my development. Following this portion of my life, which will take the majority of my formative years, I would like to move onto my second career as a consultant. My ultimate goal would be to use my experience to open my own marketing and public relations firm. For my personality type, which is outgoing, hardworking, and passionate, I feel like my ultimate professional happiness lies in delegating my work. I feel that creating my own consulting firm would allow me to express my skill set as well as provide me with the ability to be creative and delegate the way I work.