Thursday, March 5, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #227: Professional Gambler

What They Do: Advantage gambling, or advantage play, refers to a practice of using legal ways to gain a mathematical advantage while gambling. The term usually refers to house-banked games, but can also refer to games played against other players, such as poker…A skillful or knowledgeable player can gain an advantage at a number of games. (Wikipedia)

Job Perks: Potentially lots of money, high degree of flexibility with regard to working hours, the opportunity to travel and meet interesting people

Without having inside information, the only way to be a consistent winner at gambling is to use intellectual tools to gain a mathematical advantage against other gamblers or “the house.” What are the talents that would allow someone to be successful at this kind of work? Here are five suggestions:

Deliberative and Discipline: Just one reckless bet can ruin a gambler’s fortunes. The successful ones always know what they are doing and are supremely careful in how they play

Competition: A strong desire to put in what can be long hours with the goal of taking other peoples’ money

Learner: Someone who is always on the lookout for new information and techniques that can give them an edge

Self-Assurance: The confidence needed to bounce back from losses and setbacks, which all gamblers experience, while in search of the big wins

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #226: Mechanical Engineer

What They DoMechanical engineering is the discipline that applies the principles of engineering, physics, and materials science for the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the design, production, and operation of machinery. (Wikipedia)

Job Perks: Building really cool stuff, being on the cutting edge of technology

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

Analytical and Developer: To understand, manipulate, and improve upon concepts that allow one to create, adjust, or repair complex machinery

Connectedness: The ability to combine physical objects in the right way to make them work, understanding how components work together to create a whole

Ideation and Learner: A mind that allows one to absorb new information from several different disciplines, and keep on the cutting edge of new developments if necessary

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #225: Bike Messenger

What They DoBicycle messengers (also known as bike or cycle couriers) are people who work for courier companies (also known as messenger companies) carrying and delivering items by bicycle. Bicycle messengers are most often found in the central business districts of metropolitan areas. Courier companies use bike messengers because bicycle travel is less subject to unexpected holdups in city traffic jams, and is not deterred by parking limitations, fees or fines in high density development that can hinder or prevent delivery by motor vehicle, thereby offering a predictable delivery time. (Wikipedia)

Job Perks: Not having to work in an office, getting lots of exercise, flexible schedules

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

Achiever and Activator: This is one of the most "on the go" jobs someone could have

Deliberative and Responsibility: Someone who takes extra care of the deliveries they're entrusted with and the bike they use to make their deliveries

Input: The ability to absorb and retain lots of details about routes, places to park, names and locations of business, etc. that make for more efficient service while on the go

Monday, March 2, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #224: Government Regulator

What They Do: A regulatory agency (also regulatory authority, regulatory body or regulator) is a public authority or government agency responsible for exercising autonomous authority over some area of human activity in a regulatory or supervisory capacity. An independent regulatory agency is a regulatory agency that is independent from other branches or arms of the government…Regulatory authorities are commonly set up to enforce standards and safety, or to oversee use of public goods and regulate commerce. Examples of regulatory agencies are the Interstate Commerce Commission and U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the United States, Ofcom in the United Kingdom, and the TRAI in India. (Wikipedia)

While often maligned as bureaucratic and wasteful, agencies that regulate a host of activities from infrastructure to food safety to financial transactions are essential to the American way of life. The rules and guidelines set up by these agencies ensure a quality of life that would be very difficult to maintain if everyone were left to their own devices.

What talents are involved in someone excelling in a position like this? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Input: To understand the numerous factors that go in to creating and enforcing policy

Consistency: A general sense of fairness and equality that allows one to create policies that can apply to everyone

Deliberative and Responsibility: To always be careful and vigilant when it comes to creating and enforcing the kinds of rules that can affect millions of people

Friday, February 27, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #223: Sports Psychologist

What They Do: Sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that draws on knowledge from many related fields including biomechanics, physiology, kinesiology and psychology. It involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors. In addition to instruction and training of psychological skills for performance improvement, applied sport psychology may include work with athletes, coaches, and parents regarding injury, rehabilitation, communication, team building, and career transitions. (Wikipedia)

A great way for non-athletes to get involved in sports is to become an advisor, counselor or thought leader in the growing field of sports psychology, where an athlete’s mental state can have as much impact on performance as their physical health.

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

Achiever and Restorative: The drive needed to help people heal and improve, staying with a course of therapy or rehabilitation until desired goals are met

Input and Analytical: The ability to collect and understand information about the factors that hinder sports performance, which can come from many different fields of study

Connectedness: An understanding of how mind, body, and spirit are related and affect each other in optimizing performance

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #222: Personal Assistant

What They DoIn business or personal contexts, personal assistants are people who provide services that relieve his or her employer from tasks that are associated with managing one’s personal and/or business life. They assist with a variety of life management tasks, including running errands, arranging fitness. (Wikipedia)

Personal assistants can make a good living providing vital services to clients who can afford to pay for them, such as politicians, business-people, and celebrities. The hours and days may get long, but are made up for by the pay and perks of working among well-heeled clients.

What are the talents that would allow someone to excel at this position? Here are five suggestions:

Activator: Someone who does not need to be told to get moving and be on the ball

Adaptability and Lerner: The flexibility needed to know and learn how to do a number of different tasks

Responsibility and Relator: Someone who takes the task of caring for another persons working needs very seriously, and can be relied on to keep confidences and not reveal personal or sensitive information

Monday, February 23, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #221: Publicist

What They Do: A publicist is a person whose job it is to generate and manage publicity for a public figure, especially a celebrity, a business, or for a work such as a book, film or album...One of the publicist's main functions is to generate press coverage on behalf of clients and to serve as the bridge between clients, their public and media outlets. A publicist writes press releases, manages campaigns and performs other public relations functions. (Wikipedia)

In a world where entertainment is big business, there's always room for the right person to enter and thrive in publicity. What would it take for someone to be great, not just good, at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Activator: Someone whose motor does not stop running, who loves being on the go and always working or looking for the next opportunity to make their client shine

Communication and Individualization: Someone who knows how to get messages across and deliver those messages about specific people to specific audiences

Woo: A knack for working rooms, shaking lots of hands, leaving great impressions, and being the person who knows (and knows how to get to) everyone

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #220: Matchmaker

What They Do: Matchmaking is the process of matching two or more people together, usually for the purpose of marriage…In some cultures, the role of the matchmaker was and is quite professionalized….[matchmakers] were often thought to be essential advisors and also helped in finding right spouses as they had links and a relation of good faith with the families. (Wikipedia)

Although computers have made large inroads into the dating and marriage scene, many people still rely on humans to help them find a date or mate. With the right word of mouth and clientele, the right person can make a good living helping others find the love of their lives.

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

Analytical and Individualization: To understand the specific details and personalities of people

Harmony: A sense of how to put two parties together to make beautiful music

Input: To absorb and keep track of the different factors that make for good matches

Positivity: An optimistic nature that understands how true love can change lives