Friday, December 19, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #211: Journalist / Reporter

What They DoA journalist is a person who collects, writes or distributes news or other current information...A reporter is a type of journalist who researches, writes, and reports on information to present in sources, conduct interviews, engage in research, and make reports. The information-gathering part of a journalist's job is sometimes called reporting, in contrast to the production part of the job such as writing articles. (Wikipedia)

Although sometimes confused with punditry or entertainment, journalism has a vital place in the operation of Democracy. The news reporters present to the general public helps them make decisions about and interpret what is going on in the world, which serves a vital function in every day life.

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

Activator and Achiever: A person with the energy and tenacity to go after sources, leads, and information, even when it's hard to come by

Communication: The ability to use words to convey information and tell stories in ways that are accurate and compelling

Input and Consistency: A keen eye for details and facts, as well as the judgement to know how those facts fit into an overall narrative and reveal truth

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #210: Quality Control Specialist

What They DoQuality control, or QC for short, is a process by which entities review the quality of all factors involved in production. ISO 9000 defines quality control as "A part of quality management focused on fulfilling quality requirements". This approach places an emphasis on three aspects: [1] Elements such as controls, job management, defined and well managed processes, performance and integrity criteria, and identification of records; [2] Competence, such as knowledge, skills, experience, and qualifications; [3]Soft elements, such as personnel, integrity, confidence, organizational culture, motivation, team spirit, and quality relationships. (Wikipedia)

Quality control is a critical aspect of manufacturing, and something that most consumers don't notice until inferior products are distributed and something goes wrong. What talents are involved in someone excelling at this kind of position? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Input: To understand and process how various factors work together to aggressively pursue the courses of action needed to help others heal

Achiever and Deliberative: Someone who approaches their job with drive and care, making sure their job is done right the first time and nothing gets by them

Maximizer: An uncompromising sense of quality and order

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #209: Physical Therapist

What They DoPhysical therapy or physiotherapy…is the health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention. In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physical therapy profession include research, education, consultation, and administration. (Wikipedia)

More and more people every year are being referred to physical therapists who can help with everything from accident and disease recovery to sports injuries to the effects of getting older. What talents are involved in someone excelling at this kind of position? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Restorative: To aggressively pursue the courses of action needed to help others heal

Deliberative: Care and caution when dealing with patients who are on the mend

Communication: To effectively describe to patients what needs to be done and encourage them to do it regularly

Learner: To keep up with the latest technologies and techniques that can be used to aid healing and therapy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #208: Occupational Safety and Health Specialist

What They Do: Occupational safety and health (OSH) also commonly referred to as occupational health and safety (OHS) or workplace health and safety (WHS) is an area concerned with the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment. The goals of occupational safety and health programs include to foster a safe and healthy work environment. OSH may also protect co-workers, family members, employers, customers, and many others who might be affected by the workplace environment. In the United States the term occupational health and safety is referred to as occupational health and occupational and non-occupational safety and includes safety for activities outside of work. (Wikipedia)

The mission of OSH specialists is to ensure a safe environment for workers. Their efforts are constantly needed in environments where cutting corners and worker exploitation are routine practices by businesses trying to make more money.

What would it take to be great at this profession? Here are five suggestions:

Input and Analytical: To be able to assess a situation and determine instances where legal standards are not being met, and how to fix them

Consistency: Fairness and objectivity in judgment about the problems and solutions being examined

Responsibility and Restorative: A strong sense of ownership in prescribing solutions to issues of workplace health and safety

Monday, December 15, 2014

Job Strenths Profile #207: Jeweler

What They Do: Jewelers buy and sell jewelry, small decorative items worn for personal adornment, such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Such items can be bought or sold for their artistic/aesthetic value or their monetary worth. Whether for personal use, for ceremony (such as weddings), or other occasions, a successful jeweler will never lack for customers. What are the talents involved in someone excelling in this profession? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Consistency: To correctly appraise the value of precious items

Discipline and Deliberative: The level-headedness needed to do things like carefully track inventory and keep merchandise secure

Individualization: The discerning eye needed to appreciate and sell individual items of (potentially) great worth to customers

Friday, December 12, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #206: Ombudsman

What They Do: An ombudsman or public advocate is usually appointed by the government or by parliament, but with a significant degree of independence, who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or a violation of rights. Unofficial ombudsmen may be appointed by, or even work for, a corporation such as a utility supplier, newspaper, NGO, or professional regulatory body. The typical duties of an ombudsman are to investigate complaints and attempt to resolve them, usually through recommendations (binding or not) or mediation.

What are the talents that might make someone excel at this kind of position? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Intellection: To be able to think through what can be complex organizational and regulatory scenarios

Communication: To clearly and effectively describe and express decisions and solutions either in written or verbal form

Consistency and Maximizer: To arrive at solutions or decisions that resolve issues independently and with as little bias as possible

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #205: Motivational Speaker

What They DoA motivational speaker or inspirational speaker is a speaker who makes speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience. Business entities may employ motivational speakers (for example) to communicate company strategy with clarity, to help employees to see the future in a positive light, and to inspire workers to pull together...Motivational speakers are also commonly known as inspirational speakers and/or keynote speakers. Common motivational speaker topics include business, mentoring, team building, sales, inspiration, management and customer service. (Wikipedia)

Businesses looking to fire up their employees and individuals looking for inspiration all have a need for motivational speakers, who can earn a good living spreading positive energy. What would it take to be not just good but great at a job like this? Here are five suggestions:

Adaptability and Individualization: To be able to tailor a speech to specific groups of people, taking their particular situation into account when preparing what to say to them

Communication: A special talent for addressing groups and large audiences

Empathy: The ability to "take the temperature of a room" and understand where an audience is coming from and where the speaker needs to take them

Woo: That special ingredient that convinces people that the words they're hearing having meaning, and they should not just listen, but do things differently

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Job Strengths Profile #204: Market Researcher

What They DoMarket research is any organized effort to gather information about target markets or customers. It is a very important component of business strategy. The term is commonly interchanged with marketing research; however, expert practitioners may wish to draw a distinction, in that marketing research is concerned specifically about marketing processes, while market research is concerned specifically with markets. Market research is a key factor to maintain competitiveness over competitors. Market research provides important information to identify and analyze the market need, market size and competition. (Wikipedia)

What would it take to excel in this type of position? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Input: A knack for pulling together the right kinds of data and looking at it the right way

Deliberative and Consistency: As much of a lack of bias as can be had when gathering and analyzing data

Communication: The ability to take data and turn it into explanations and actionable information