Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #294: Business Intelligence Analyst

What They Do: Business intelligence (BI) is the set of techniques and tools for the transformation of raw data into meaningful and useful information for business analysis purposes. BI technologies are capable of handling large amounts of unstructured data to help identify, develop and otherwise create new strategic business opportunities...BI is most effective when it combines data derived from the market in which a company operates (external data) with data from company sources internal to the business such as financial and operations data (internal data). When combined, external and internal data can provide a more complete picture which, in effect, creates an "intelligence" that cannot be derived by any singular set of data. (Wikipedia)

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

Analytical: To connect pieces of information in a way that demonstrates patterns or answers to specific questions

Communication: The ability to describe the results of analysis in ways that others find useful

Consistency: The ability to reduce or eliminate bias when evaluating data and developing conclusions

Input and Connectedness: To absorb many pieces of data and see the relationships between them so they can be turned into sets of useful information

Monday, October 12, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #293: Talk Show Host

What They DoA talk show or chat show is a television programming or radio programming genre in which one person (or group of people) discusses various topics put forth by a talk show host. Usually, guests consist of a group of people who are learned or who have great experience in relation to whatever issue is being discussed on the show for that episode. Other times, a single guest discusses their work or area of expertise with a host or co-hosts. A call-in show takes live phone calls from callers listening at home, in their cars, etc. (Wikipedia)

Talk shows happen on TV, the radio, and the Internet (usually in podcast form) both day and night. The right person can make a good living moderating the proceedings and interviewing guests. What are the talents that might allow someone to excel in this role? Here are five suggestions:

Communication and Woo: A knack for talking to people who are usually strangers while connecting with them and an audience in a way that will provide for exciting or interesting entertainment

Input: To keep track of details, anecdotes, stories, and other pieces of information that will contribute to a quality interview

Positivity and Empathy: A person who other people want to be around, or at least have in their presence, and who can take the temperature of an audience to understand what they want and respond to

Friday, October 9, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #292: Public Relations Manager

What They DoPublic relations (PR) is the practice of managing the spread of information between an individual or an organization (such as a business, government agency, or a nonprofit organization) and the public. Public relations may include an organization or individual gaining exposure to their audiences using topics of public interest and news items that do not require direct payment. This differentiates it from advertising as a form of marketing communications. The aim of public relations is to inform the public, prospective customers, investors, partners, employees and other stakeholders and ultimately persuade them to maintain a certain view about the organization, its leadership, products, or political decisions. (Wikipedia)

For certain celebrities and high-profile professions, PR is essential is the media-saturated world we live in. They help get the word out about people and help maintain a person's public image. What talents might be involved in someone excelling at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Activator: Someone whose motor does not stop running, who is always looking for new opportunities and ways to spread the word about their client(s)

Communication and Maximizer: To not only know the best ways to deliver information to audiences, but also the best way to craft the messages so they have maximum effect

Relator: Someone who can develop deep understanding of the clients they work for, including their motivations, goals, and characteristics that would make for the best kind(s) of campaigns 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #291: Art Handler

What They Do: An art handler, also sometimes called an art preparator, are trained individuals who work directly with objects in museums, art galleries and various other venues including private collectors, corporate art collections, public art collections and various other institutions. They work in coordination with registrars, collection managers, conservator-restorers, exhibition designers, and curators, among others, to ensure that objects are safely handled and cared for. Often they are responsible for packing and unpacking art, installing and de-installing art in exhibitions, and moving art around the museum and storage spaces. (Wikipedia)

What would it take, talent-wise to excel at a job like this? Here are five suggestions:

Adaptability: The flexibility needed to create solutions for specific jobs that need to be done

Deliberative and Focus: To make sure the handling and care of what can be priceless objects is done right the first time

Restorative and Responsibility: Someone for whom taking care of things is the ultimate priorty

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #290: Business Development Profrossional

What They DoBusiness development (BD) comprises a number of tasks and processes generally aiming at developing and implementing growth opportunities within and between organizations. It is a subset of the fields of business, commerce and organizational theory. Business development is the creation of long-term value for an organization from customers, markets, and relationships. (Wikipedia)

Although it can be a vague term that means different things to different companies, the general goal of Business Development is to grow a company so it makes more money. This can be done through strategic partnerships, new product development, growing the client base, or other means. What are the talents that might lead to someone excelling at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Activator: Someone who knows how to work to goals and turn plans into action

Developer and Maximizer: Someone who can take something that's not working and make it work AND take something that's already working and make it even better

Strategic: Someone who can project into the future and see the paths that must be taken for a business to be sucessful

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #289: Media Planner

What They Do: Media planning is generally outsourced to a media agency and entails sourcing and selecting optimal media platforms for a client's brand or product to use. The job of media planning is to determine the best combination of media to achieve the marketing campaign objectives. In the process of planning, the media planner needs to answer questions such as: How many of the audience can be reached through the various media? On which media (and ad vehicles) should the ads be placed? How frequently should the ads be placed? How much money should be spent in each medium? (Wikipedia)

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

Achiever: To work toward specific goals and time tables

Analytical: To understand the concepts and elements that go in to effective media deployment

Futuristic and Strategic: The ability to project into the future and develop optimal scenarios that can be acted upon

Individualization: To tailor plans to specific campaigns and not take a "cookie cutter" approach to media efforts

Monday, October 5, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #288: Creative Director

What They Do: A creative director is a vital role in all of the arts and entertainment industries. In another sense, they can be seen as another element in any product development process. The responsibilities of a creative director include leading the communication design, interactive design, and concept forward in any work assigned. The creative director is known to guide a team of employees with skills and experience related to graphic design, fine arts, motion graphics, and other creative industry fields. Some example works can include visual layout, brainstorming, and copy writing. (Wikipedia)

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

Achiever and Futuristic: Someone who can drive the creation of things that don't yet exist

Ideation and Maximizer: To create and perfect concepts and prototypes that will eventually end up as quality finished products

Input: Someone tuned in to new technologies, industry trends, and emerging business developments

Friday, October 2, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #277: Hedge Fund Manager

What They DoA hedge fund is an investment vehicle and a business structure that pools capital from a number of investors and invests in securities and other instruments...Hedge funds are generally distinct from mutual funds as their use of leverage is not capped by regulators and distinct from private equity funds as the majority of hedge funds invest in relatively liquid assets. (Wikipedia)

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

Achiever and Deliberative: Someone who likes to win, and has the drive and stamina to constantly compete with others in what's often a zero-sum game, while at the same time having the caution needed to make trades and investments that will be profitable

Ideation and Analytical: The ability to develop and understand different trading scenarios and strategies so that the most profitable courses of action can be taken

Input: To collect all different kinds of facts and information (reports, rumors, published data, word of mouth, etc.) that can inform investment decisions 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #276: Fact Checker

What They Do: A fact checker is the person…that checks factual assertions in non-fictional text, either before or after the text has been published or otherwise disseminated, in both cases to determine the veracity and correctness of the factual statements in the text. (Wikipedia)

In a world of 24/7/365 news and opinion that comes from thousands of sources, the role of the fact-checker has never been more important, especially for large publications that have the biggest public microphones. What are the talents that might allow someone to excel at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Input: Someone who knows how to collect and sort through knowledge and information, and thoroughly detect when and what facts need to be examined

Consistency: Someone who can detect errors and make corrections with as little bias as possible

Deliberative and Discipline: Someone who is careful with the information they are changing or verifying, and who adheres to accepted standards in the field

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #275: Forensic Accountant

What They Do: Forensic accountants are experienced auditors, accountants, and investigators of legal and financial documents that are hired to look into possible suspicions of fraudulent activity within a company; or are hired by a company who may just want to prevent fraudulent activities from occurring. They also provide services in areas such as accounting, antitrust, damages, analysis, valuation, and general consulting. Forensic accountants have also been used in divorces, bankruptcy, insurance claims, personal injury claims, fraudulent claims, construction, royalty audits, and tracking terrorism by investigating financial records. Many forensic accountants work closely with law enforcement personnel and lawyers during investigations and often appear as expert witnesses during trials. (Wikipedia)

Forensic Accountants perform a complicated and essential job when it comes to finance and business. Their input helps prevent fraud and assure that parties can lay claim to their fair share of What are the talents that might allow someone to excel at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Responsibility: Doggedness in pursuing and completing an assigned task or project and a strong sense of ownership of the results

Analytical: To understand and sort out the intricacies of a financial situation

Deliberative and Discipline: To keep errors and omissions in analysis and reporting to an absolute minimum