Thursday, May 14, 2015

Which Job Satisfaction Quadrant Do You Fall Into?

Imagine a simple 2x2 statement matrix, with "Job Greatness" on  the X-axis and "Love of Job" on the Y-axis:

Quadrant 3: "I love what I do for a living, but I'm not great at what I do for a living."
Results: Frustration, Resentment, Over-Reaching
Quadrant 4: "I love what I do for a living and I'm great at what I do for a living."
Results: Lifelong Fulfillment, Success, Happiness, Health, and Wellness
Quadrant 1: "I don't love what I do for a living and I'm not great at what I do for a living."
Results: Pain, Anger, Physical Illness, Despair
Quadrant 2: "I don't love what I do for a living, but I'm great at what I do for a living."
Results: Boredom, Inertia, Nagging Unhappiness, Wasted Opportunity

Obviously, we should all strive to live in Quadrant 4. The first step is finding out where your talent lies. Which quadrant are you currently in, and what are you doing to get to Quadrant 4?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #247: Pest Control Worker

What They Do: Pest control refers to the regulation or management of a species defined as a pest, usually because it is perceived to be detrimental to a person's health, the ecology or the economy. (Wikipedia)

Pest control can involve much more than rooting around crawl spaces looking for termites or roaches. Entire communities and industries require the containment or elimination of certain species to make areas habitable, safe, or productive. Municipalities, public spaces, and farmland all require different techniques to keep invasive species at bay.

What are the talents that would be involved in someone excelling at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Maximizer: Someone who isn't satisfied until a job is done and done correctly

Input and Connectedness: The ability to gather knowledge of different species and different techniques involved in controlling them, as well as understand how a particular ecosystem is put together so that it attracts undesirable species

Deliberative: A natural sense of caution in one's work such that the solution doesn't end up being worse than the problem


Monday, May 4, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #246: Management Consultant

What They Do: Management consulting, the practice of helping organizations to improve their performance, operates primarily through the analysis of existing organizational problems and the development of plans for improvement. Organizations may draw upon the services of management consultants for a number of reasons, including gaining external (and presumably objective) advice and access to the consultants' specialized expertise.

Consultancies may also provide organizational change management assistance, development of coaching skills, process analysis, technology implementation, strategy development, or operational improvement services. Management consultants often bring their own proprietary methodologies or frameworks to guide the identification of problems and to serve as the basis for recommendations for more effective or efficient ways of performing work tasks. (Wikipedia)

What would it take for someone to excel at a job like this (and potentially make a lot of money working for one of  the prestigious consulting firms that advise the biggest and richest companies)? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Maximizer: To effectively evaluate business cases and situations, and come up with effective solutions for them

Input: To collect information not only about clients but the latest consulting techniques, emerging technologies, and business practices

Relator and Woo: To build trust and rapport with clients who will need to share sensitive and proprietary informagtion

Friday, May 1, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #245: Store Detective

What They Do: A store detective (sometimes called a SD) is a member of Loss Prevention whose main role is to prevent and detect theft (commonly known as shoplifting) and reduce shrink in retail outlets. They do this by patrolling the store in plains clothes looking to identify members of the public who are stealing from the store. More common terms today with major retailers are Loss Prevention Agent, Detective or Investigator and Asset Protection Officer. (Wikipedia)

The work of a store detective can range from independent stores to nationwide chains, and from corner drug stores to the most expensive shops in high-end neighborhoods. What would be the talents that would enable someone to excel at this position? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Activator: A high degree of drive and motivation to be on the job at all times.

Learner: To understand all the (increasingly sophisticated) tricks in the book thieves might employ

Relator and Responsibility: A strong sense of loyalty and dedication to one's employer that expresses itself in diligence and determination to prevent crime from happening

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #244: Model

What They DoA model...is a person with a role either to promote, display, or advertise commercial products (notably fashion clothing) or to serve as a visual aide for people who are creating works of art. Types of modelling include fashion, glamour, fitness, bikini, fine art, body-part and commercial print models. Models are featured in a variety of media formats including books, magazines, films, newspapers, and TV. (Wikipedia)

Not all models are runway-walking high-fashion promoters. Modelling work is available for all kinds of body types in catalogs, business presentations, texbooks, commercials, trade shows, art classes and projects, and other outlets. What talents would allow someone to excel in this kind of career, though? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Activator: A mentality that's willing to get up and do what's necessary to compete in what can be a a very competitive field

Ideation: To understand the conceptual themes and goals of a project for which one is hired, and how they fit in to the scheme of things

Responsibility: The reliability needed to show up for work at odd hours or short notice

Woo: The ability to effectively promote and sell your own services to the people who can get you jobs  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #243: Home Health Care Worker

What They DoHome care, (also referred to as domiciliary care, social care, or in-home care), is supportive care provided in the home. Often, the term home health care is used to distinguish it from non-medical care, custodial care, or private-duty care which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel.

Home Health services help adults, seniors, and pediatric clients who are recovering after a hospital or facility stay, or need additional support to remain safely at home and avoid unnecessary hospitalization. These Medicare-certified services may include short-term nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, and assistive home health care. (Wikipedia)

According to some studies, there will be lots of demand for home care workers in the next decade as Baby-Boomers get older and begin their retirement years. That means plenty of opportunities for people who would like to be part of the field or maybe use it to gain experience in general health care.

What are the talents that would allow someone to excel in this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Restorative: To have the energy needed to serve clients and make them better

Individualization: To appreciate the singular needs of each client and tailor services toward their specific needs

Responsibility: To have the dependability needed so that clients in need know they can rely on someone's services

Learner: To absorb the knowledge needed to be effective as an aide

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #242: Bodyworker

What They DoBodywork is a term used in alternative medicine to describe any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine...Some of the best known forms of non-touch bodywork methods include: reiki, yoga, pranayama, breathwork respiration techniques, therapeutic touch, Bates method for sight training, qigong, and t'ai chi. The better known forms of manipulative bodywork include Alexander technique, applied kinesiology, Bowen technique, chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, Feldenkrais method, Hakomi, reflexology, Rolfing Structural Integration, shiatsu, Somatic Experiencing, and Trager Approach. (Wikipedia)

Although the techniques that encompass bodywork aren't new, the field itself is only now becoming recognized in Western medical and therapeutic circles. While its effectiveness will probably always be debated, demand for the service continues to grow, providing opportunities for the right person.

What talents might enable someone to excel at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Connectedness and Input: The ability to study, catalog, and appreciate the factors that go into health (and its absence) as well as how the factors work together

Harmony and Restorative: An understanding and belief in how wellness depends on the inner functioning of systems that may not be apparent to the naked eye, as well as a desire to use that knowledge to make others better

Responsibility: Someone who takes their practices seriously, treating them and their clients not as a hobby or easy way to make money, but a legitimate path to health and well-being

Monday, April 27, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #241: Broadcast Engineer

What They DoBroadcast engineering is the field of electrical engineering, and now to some extent computer engineering and information technology, which deals with radio and television broadcasting. Audio engineering and RF engineering are also essential parts of broadcast engineering, being their own subsets of electrical engineering.

Modern duties of a broadcast engineer include maintaining broadcast automation systems for the studio and automatic transmission systems for the transmitter plant. There are also important duties regarding radio towers, which must be maintained with proper lighting and painting. Occasionally a station's engineer must deal with complaints of RF interference, particularly after a station has made changes to its transmission facilities. (Wikipedia)

This is one of those jobs that most consumers don't notice until something goes wrong. In a world dominated by broadcast media, the smooth functioning of sound, picture, and data infrastructure needs people who know what to do when problems arise and improvements need to be made.

What talents might enable someone to excel at this position? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Achiever: To get on top of problems immediately and do what needs to be done to fix them quickly

Analytical and Input: To understand the ins and outs of communications systems and how to fix them

Learner: To seek out and understand improvements in technology, some of which will become industry standard in the future