Monday, November 24, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #193: Biophysicist

What They Do: Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science using methods of, and theories from, physics to study biological systems. Biophysics spans all scales of biological organization, from the molecular scale to whole organisms and ecosystems. Biophysical research shares significant overlap with biochemistry, nanotechnology, bioengineering, computational biology and (complex) systems biology. It has been suggested as a bridge between biology and physics. (Wikipedia)

What would it take to make someone excel at a job like this? Here are five suggestions:

Intellection and Input: To understand the principals of Physics AND Biology

Analytical and Connectedness: To combine what are traditionally separate fields and see where principals of one can be used in the other

Developer: To make contributions to what is a relatively young field of science that has ever-increasing applications in several different areas of thought and practice  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #192: Advertising Manager

What They Do: Advertising management is a career path in the advertising industry. Advertising and promotions managers may work for an agency, a PR firm, a media outlet, or may be hired directly by a company to develop branding for the company's product or service. This position can include supervising employees, acting as a liaison between multiple agencies working on a project, or creating and implementing promotional campaigns. (Wikipedia)

What was once a field generally restricted to a few commercial centers, advertising and promotions opportunities can now be found everywhere, for any industry and in any communications format. What would it take for someone to excel at a job like this? Here are five suggestions...

Activator and Achiever: The drive and energy to accomplish the many small things and few big things needed to get done in a successful promotions campaign

Communication: Someone who knows how to use sight, sound, and emotions to get the message across, using all the tools available to the appropriate format

Developer and Futuristic: A gift for taking what can start out as abstract ideas and making them real, shaping concepts into concrete action plans and products that can be presented to potential buyers

Friday, November 21, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #191: Civil Engineer

What They Do: A civil engineer is a person who practices…the application of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating infrastructures while protecting the public and environmental health, as well as improving existing infrastructures that have been neglected. (Wikipedia)

What would it take for someone to excel at this position? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical: To work out the complexities of design and construction

Deliberative and Responsibility: A sense of safety that is always in the back of the mind when designing and building structures

Input: To gather and synthesize the many ideas, concepts, and practices involved in building thins

Restorative: To take systems that are crumbling or falling apart and make them better


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #190: Prison Officer

What They Do: A prison officer (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, UK and Ireland), also referred to as a corrections officer (New Zealand, US and Yukon Territory), correctional officer (Australia, Canada, Jamaica, and US), or detention officer (US), is a person charged with the responsibility of the supervision, safety and security of prisoners in a prison, jail, or similar form of secure custody. Historically, terms such as jailer (also spelled jailor or gaoler), jail guard, prison guard, prison warder, and turnkey have also been used.

Prison officers are responsible for the care, custody, and control of individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial while on remand or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a prison or jail. They are also responsible for the safety and security of the facility itself. (Wikipedia)

A country like the United States, with a high number of prison inmates, is always looking for qualified people to act as custodians to the incarcerated. What are the talents that would make someone effective at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Arranger and Command: Someone who knows how to keep things and people in order and is not afraid of confrontation

Consistency: In an environment where it is easy for power to be abused, an innate sense of fairness when dealing with how prisoners are treated, making sure to follow the rules along with everyone else

Deliberative and Responsibility: Someone who instictually looks out for the safety of themselves, their co-workers, and the people they are supervising

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #189: Landscape Architect

What They Do: Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor and public spaces to achieve environmental, socio-behavioral, and/or aesthetic outcomes. It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and geological conditions and processes in the landscape, and the design of interventions that will produce the desired outcome. The scope of the profession includes: urban design; site planning; town or urban planning; environmental restoration; parks and recreation planning; visual resource management; green infrastructure planning and provision; and private estate and residence landscape master planning and design; all at varying scales of design, planning and management. (Wikipedia)

What are the talents that can make someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Arranger: To put different pieces together to make for effective and pleasing forms

Harmony and Ideation: To create pleasing architectural concepts that compliment the spaces they inhabit

Input: To gather and organize all the different factors that go in to making effective landscapes, using them as necessary depending on the kind of job at hand

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #188: Auto Mechanic

What They Do: An auto mechanic (or car mechanic in British English and motor mechanic in Australian English) is a mechanic with a variety of car makes or either in a specific area or in a specific make of car. In repairing cars, their main role is to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly. They often have to quote prices for their customers before commencing work or after partial disassembly for inspection. The mechanic uses both electronic means of gathering data as well as their senses. Their job may involve the repair of a specific part or the replacement of one or more parts as assemblies.

This is one job that is not in danger of being outsourced. Even as cars get more sophisticated, the need for mechanics will keep right on going as millions of wheels turn and miles pile up. What are the talents involved in being a great (not just good) mechanic? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Restorative: A natural inclination to get one's hands dirty and get the job done

Input: to understand the hundreds of parts, components, and systems that make up a moving car, and how they all work together

Deliberative and Responsibility: A safety first mentality that lies behind not just how the cars are fixed, but fixed in a way that ensures the safety of the driver when the car leaves the shop

Monday, November 17, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #187: Human Resources Manager

What They Do: Human resources is also the name of the function within an organization charged with the overall responsibility for implementing strategies and policies relating to the management of individuals (i.e. the human resources)... reflecting the adoption of a more quantitative as well as strategic approach to workforce management, demanded by corporate management to gain a competitive advantage, utilizing limited skilled and highly skilled workers. (Wikipedia)

There are a lot of people working in Human Resources, but what are the talents that make the best stand out from the rest? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Communication: To understand what can be very complex HR laws and regulations, and help others understand them as well

Empathy and Relator: To assist employees with personal situations that require a “human touch”

Responsibility: The ability to handle sensitive and personal employee information. An HR worker has access to and handles data that would be inappropriate, embarrassing, or even illegal for others to see, so it’s critical to have someone in the job who knows how to maintain privacy

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #186: Game Warden

What They Do: A game warden is an employee who has the role of protecting wildlife. Game wardens may also be referred to as conservation officers or wildlife officers...In the United States, game wardens are state or local officials responsible for enforcing laws pertaining to the hunting, fishing, and trapping of wild animals. However game wardens in some areas have general law enforcement authority which means they can affect arrests for most crimes including traffic, and other general violations of the law. (Wikipedia)

A large number of game preserves, parks, and wildlife habitats have a constant need for people who can protect animals and people who live in and visit the wild. What would it take to be great at a job like this? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever: Since there will probably be a large amount of ground to cover on a consistent basis

Adaptability: To react to the kinds of surprises that happen in the wild

Communication: The ability to relay all kinds of useful and necessary information to inhabitants and visitors, as well as keep in touch with people over long distance

Connectedness and Responsibility: A deep concern for what many consider to be a special place, and a desire to go the extra mile to make sure it and the creatures in it are protected.