Select the right companies and the right roles, based on your personality. Make your application stand out, learn how to articulate your strengths, limitations and motivations, and ace your next interview.
Self-awareness is key to making smarter career choices. The better we understand our own strengths and limitations, the easier it becomes to navigate through the unlimited number of opportunities. Once we understand our strengths, finding the ‘sweet spot’ is the next step to success when it comes to our career.
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The ‘sweet spot’ is where the combination of our strengths, skills and knowledge meets the needs of a particular role within a particular organisation. When we find the ‘sweet spot’ we’ve got a perfect match.
Are you one of the lucky ones with a clear career calling? Awesome. Use your strengths to drive your success while pursuing your passion: if you love writing and your top Wingfinder strength is ‘Sociable’, you might find your ‘sweet spot’ as a journalist who interviews individuals and captures their stories. However, if your strength is ‘Independent’, writing a book on your own could be your ‘sweet spot’. In other words, how you bring your passion to life depends on your strengths and it’s never to late to seek your sweet spot.
If you’re still trying to find that illusive ‘career calling’ you’re certainly not alone. This can be a great adventure with passion often coming as a consequence of effort. Let’s start here: choosing a job that fits your strengths means you’re more likely to progress and succeed which in turn, can lead you to become more passionate about the job. Finding a job you love may take time, but be sure to choose one that gives you the opportunity to keep learning and exploring what you like.
Wingfinder is based on psychological research, carried out across thousands of scientific studies that clearly points to four areas that are more influential than any others for success in knowledge-based jobs.
Connections measures how you manage relationships and how you manage yourself.
Creativity measures how you adapt, create alternatives and seek out novel information or experiences.
Thinking looks at your ability to reason abstractly and solve complex problems.
Drive measures your motivation, ambition and self-discipline towards pursing goals and handling setbacks.
Knowing thyself is the beginning of all wisdom
We’ve pulled together our favourite activities just for you. These are a great starting point to help reflect on your strengths and identify potential careers that may fit that ‘sweet spot’. Either work through the individual activities below, or take the interactive Develop yourself with wingfinder e-learning that uses a short quiz to identify which activities you need to focus on the most. Which ever you choose; there’s no need to do everything at once, you can always come back whenever needed.
To land that dream job, you need to understand yourself and be able to communicate how your personality, experiences and motivations set you apart from the rest.
Your Wingfinder results can help you explain what makes you unique and how you use your strengths at work. Typically, CVs give potential employers an overview of what you have done, while Wingfinder gives insight into how you have done it and how you’re likely to succeed in the future.
Every good cover letter should answer two key questions:
1) Why them - what makes you excited about joining this company and team?
2) Why you - which of your strengths and skills will help you succeed in this role?
Make sure your cover letter addresses these questions and considers these top application tips to really give you an edge:
Writing an application can be overwhelming, there’s so much we want to say. So where do we start? The following activities guide you step-by-step on how to articulate why you’re the right fit and how you can bring your online impression to the next level via your cover letter.
In a perfect world, job interviews (and interviewers) would be able to gauge your talents with great accuracy. However, talent can be hard to judge so we need to do some (humble) self-promotion in the interview to share our strengths and show how we tick all the boxes.
So how can we communicate our talent without coming across like a show-off? This is where self-insight comes in - your competitive advantage lies in being aware of your strengths and shortcomings. This enables you to provide strong, authentic, real answers and examples during an interview.
Use your insights from the Creativity, Thinking, Drive and Connections sections in your Wingfinder report to prepare your unique selling points. Make sure you feel comfortable talking about everything that you mentioned in your application.
You can find all of the above Wingfinder activities right here in one place. The complete bundle covers everything from selecting companies and roles that fit your personality, to preparing your applications and acing your interview.
Red Bull Wingfinder is an accurate, free personality assessment that focuses on your strengths.