17 Oct Be Honest, Would You Hire Yourself?
Everyone is polishing their resume and looking for that better career opportunity. But have you sat down conducted an honest job assessment test of your performance? Stay with me here. I’m not asking if you would hire yourself for the job that you want, I am asking would you hire yourself for the job that you presently have. It’s an advantage to complete your own job assessment test separate from your company’s annual performance appraisal. Here is what you could learn:
- Am I the right fit for my job?
- Am I highly competent at my present job?
- Can I clearly identify the strengths I have or have gained?
- What skills have I gained and can I develop a roadmap to build my current skill base?
Here is a simple exercise that you could do annually to determine whether you consider yourself to be a competent, highly qualified candidate for your job. The first rule of thumb for this exercise is to BE HONEST with yourself. The truth hurts and we must be matured enough to acknowledge what our skill gaps are without feelings of inadequacy or anger.
Step 1 – Know what you are great at and what you are not so good at
Concrete skills gained through qualifications and on the job training, knowledge you have acquired through your work experience, soft skills (e.g. communication with senior management, negotiation, dealing with sensitive situations, etc.)
I never fancied myself a people person, but when I asked my Supervisor, I scored the highest marks in customer service. I was good at listening and anticipating my clients’ needs and I received glowing reviews from clients. I recently took the Gallup Strengths Test which outlined my top strengths and my weaknesses. The test came highly recommended so I gave it a go. What I loved the most about the results, Gallup gives you an explanation about what each strength means and how you could articulate it in an interview.
I definitely recommend that you check it out.
Step 2 – Ask your peers/colleagues for their input
Feedback is scary, but it makes your work better.
This is crucial and necessary to evaluate how the perception of yourself matches up with the perception others have of you. Peers could include work colleagues or a Supervisor or someone whom you’ve interacted on a professional level with eg. non-profit organisation. However, be mindful to choose persons who are not afraid to be honest with you and who have your best interest at heart.
This part of the process is humbling because you must listen to people who are telling you honestly what they think of your performance. If you take critiques of your work personally, I’m telling you, get over yourself. You have to trust that the people who are on your side are being honest for the very reason that they are on your side. They don’t want to destroy you. And, remember, don’t hold any grudges, please!
Step 3 – Revisit past feedback
Old performance appraisals or recall on any job coaching you may have received. Match this feedback with the current feedback from colleagues/peers from Step 2 and evaluate whether the same perceived gaps still exist or if there are new ones.
Step 4 – ‘Hire’ yourself
Think about hiring yourself for your current job. Look at the situation and your skill set objectively. Are you at the right stage of development for your job? Have you developed skills that will allow you to seek a promotion should it become available? What else do you need to work on?
Step 5 – Revisit your strength list
Rank your strengths and have specific examples of when you demonstrated them (The Gallup Test is perfect for this). Being able to identify your specific strengths in job appraisals or in a job interview is credible and shows that you are self-aware.
You’ve Got This!
I think that the revision process is a great metaphor for how to approach life and love and work. We’re all rough drafts. If you’re living right, you’re constantly striving to make the next version of yourself one notch better. Real success is rooted in learning how to turn mistakes into success; losses into gains; failures into the things of value that propel you forward rather than hold you back.
In case you were wondering, yes I have done the above exercise annually. I hope that it helps you become a more self-aware and competent professional.
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