Friday, July 3, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #255: Tailor

What They DoA tailor is a person who makes, repairs, or alters clothing professionally, especially suits and men's clothing. [The term] refers to makers of men's and women's suits, coats, trousers, and similar garments, usually of wool, linen, or silk. Traditional tailoring is called "bespoke tailoring"...This is unlike made to measure which uses pre-existing patterns. A bespoke garment or suit is completely original and unique to each customer. (Wikipedia)

A quality tailor will never have to worry about not having work, especially in high end shops where customers will pay big money for custom made and altered clothes. What would it take for someone to excel at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Arranger and Deliberative: To correctly but the right pieces together and make sure it's done right the first time

Individualization: Someone who's eye is always trained to see the particular characteristics and qualities of specific customers so that they can be fitted just right

Restorative and Maximizer: Someone who always strives for a high level of quality, whether it's altering existing clothing or creating new outfits from scratch

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #254: Cruise Director

What They Do: A cruise director is a high-ranking or senior officer of a cruise ship with responsibility for all onboard hospitality, entertainment and social events, who acts as the public face of the company. Responsibilities of a cruise director may include: Scheduling of entertainment, activities and social events, officer in charge of entertainment staff, public announcements, conducting and supervising safety briefings or drills for both passengers and crew. (Wikipedia)

Although “cruise director” suggests working on a ship, it can also be a nickname for land-based business roles that perform the same function. These jobs involve event, convention, or seminar planning and are always in demand by companies that need people who can manage functions that involving scheduling large groups of people.

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

Activator and Arranger: Someone who is always on top of things and knows how to keep schedules and events organized

Command: Someone who knows how to “lead from the front” and get employees, vendors, and contractors moving in the same direction to provide excellent service

Discipline: Someone who knows how to take care not just of the fun things, but all aspects of and event, including issues of safety and regulation

Positivity: Someone who can add upbeat energy to interactions with staff and customers, looking on the bright side of situations that arise while making sure maximizing enjoyment for the guests

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #255: Copy Editor

What They Do: "Copy the work that an editor does to improve the formatting, style, and accuracy of text...What They Do: The "five Cees" summarize the copy editor's job, which is to make the copy "clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent." According to one guide, copy editors should "make it say what it means, and mean what it says." (Wikipedia)

Copy editors are invaluable in publishing. They are often the difference between "professional" and "amateur" publishing. News organizations, Web sites, textbook writers, and corporations all have needs for this skill. What talents would make someone excel at this position? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever: To complete projects and meet deadlines

Analytical and Communication: The ability to understand and optimize written language, detectng and challenging faulty style and/or logic along the way

Deliberative and Maximizer: To be accurate and precise in the use and correction of words with an eye toward making a piece of writing the best it can be

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #254: Landscaper

What They Do: Landscaping refers to any activity that modifies the visible features of an area of land, including: living elements, such as flora or fauna; or what is commonly called gardening, the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of creating a beautiful environment within the landscape; natural elements such as land forms, terrain shape and elevation, or bodies of water;
abstract elements such as the weather and lighting conditions. Landscaping requires expertise in horticulture and artistic design. (Wikipedia)

A critical part of real estate planning and maintenance involves the care, upkeep, and improvement of the surrounding landscape. What talents might enable someone to excel at this position and earn the significant rewards that come with it? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Arranger: Someone who's willing to put the work in to make outdoor spaces beautiful and functional, getting as dirty and weather-beaten as necessary to do the job

Analytical and Input: To understand the many natural and man-made components that go into landscape design and construction

Ideation: An artistic inclination that allows someone to come up with new ideas and ways of putting elements together to create pleasing forms

Monday, June 29, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #253: Translator/Interpreter

What They Do: An interpreter is a person who converts a thought or expression in a source language into an expression with a comparable meaning in a target language either simultaneously in "real time" or consecutively when the speaker pauses after completing one or two sentences. The interpreter's function is to convey every semantic element as well as tone and register and every intention and feeling of the message that the source-language speaker is directing to target-language recipients (except in summary interpretation, used sometimes in conferences). (Wikipedia)

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

Communication and Input: The ability to absorb, comprehend, and impart thoughts and ideas in different languages, including complex and hard-to-explain messages

Discipline: Someone who can be relied on not only to provide a high level of service but also do things like show up for work on time and be a reliable keeper of what can be sensitive or personal information

Empathy and Connectedness: An understanding of cultural and personal inflections and dialects so that communication includes not just the words but the meanings behind them

Friday, June 26, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #252: Ethicist

What They Do: An ethicist is one whose judgment on ethics and ethical codes has come to be trusted by a specific community, and (importantly) is expressed in some way that makes it possible for others to mimic or approximate that judgment…Outside the legal professions and spiritual traditions, ethicists are usually considered to be either philosophers or mediators of disputes (Wikipedia)

Ethicists can be found in many fields, including Law, Medicine, Media, Science, Education, and anywhere else where questions about the best way to act arise. Ethicist’s judgments not only provide immediate guidance, but also help form stranding policies for companies and other organizations. What talents might allow someone to excel at this position? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Ideation: To dive deeply into questions of right and wrong and how they relate to human behavior

Consistency and Discipline: To render judgments and assessments that are carefully considered and as free of personal bias as possible

Responsibility: A level-headed approach to work, with an understanding that decisions made will influence many others in a corporation, organization, or field of study

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #251: Substance Abuse Counselor

What They Do: [Drug or Substance Abuse] Counselors help individuals identifying behaviors and problems related to their addiction. It can be done on an individual basis, but it's more common to find it in a group setting and can include crisis counseling, weekly or daily counseling, and drop-in counseling supports. They are trained to develop recovery programs that help to reestablish healthy behaviors and provide coping strategies whenever a situation of risk happens. (Wikipedia)

Counselors serve a critical need in this country for people who need help. Addiction is a circumstance that touches all areas of a person’s life, and sometimes a skilled counselor can mean the difference between life and death. What are the talents that might enable someone to excel at this kind of profession? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Restorative: Someone who is driven to help others

Belief and Relator: Someone who can keep the faith that it is possible for addicts to get better and who can be the kind of person others can rely on for support and encouragement

Communication: Someone who knows how to talk to others, provide advice, and given encouragement in ways that promote understanding and healing

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #250: Esthetician

What They Do: "Estheticians...are licensed professionals who are experts in maintaining and improving a healthy epidermis. Estheticians work in many different environments such as salons, med spas, day spas, skin care clinics, and private practice. Estheticians may also specialize in machine treatments such as microdermabrasion, microcurrent (also called non-surgical "face lifts"), cosmetic electrotherapy treatments...LED, ultrasound/ultrasonic (low level), and mechanical massage...The esthetician may undergo special training for treatments such as laser hair removal, permanent makeup, and electrology." (Wikipedia)

The skin-care industry is huge throughout the world, and is always in need of professionals who can perform non-medical procedures and treatments to help customers look and feel their best. What talents might enable someone to excel at this position? Here are five suggestions:

Discipline: The necessary carefulness needed to avoid accidents that comes with working with potentially dangerous implements and chemical substances

Individualization and Input: The ability to understand the factors that go into certain kinds of procedures as well as the unique needs of specific clients

Learner and Restorative:  The ability to absorb knowledge about the profession and continuously update one's skill set with an eye toward making people better.