Monday, November 9, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #303: Home Remodeler

What They DoHome improvement, home renovation or remodeling is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home...While "home improvement" often refers to building projects that alter the structure of an existing home, it can also include improvements to lawns, gardens, and outdoor structures, such as gazebos and garages. It also encompasses maintenance, repair and general servicing tasks. (Wikipedia)

A qualified home remodeler who does excellent work will rarely find themselves without a list of clients willing to pay good money for their services. What are the talents that would make someone excel at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever: Someone willing and able to get the job done, following through on projects until they are complete

Arranger and Individualization: Someone who can tailor projects to the tastes and specifications of specific clients, and who knows how to bring in the right people to make things happen

Deliberative and Maximizer: Someone who always does quality work, taking care to make sure plans and construction conforms to existing safety codes while also meeting standards of durability

Monday, November 2, 2015

Jon Strength Profile #302: Vinter

What They DoA winemaker or vintner is a person engaged in wine making. They are generally employed by wineries or wine companies, where their work includes: Cooperating with viticulturists, Monitoring the maturity of grapes to ensure their quality and to determine the correct time for harvest, Crushing and pressing grapes...Testing the quality of wine by tasting...Preparing plans for bottling wine once it has matured, Making sure that quality is maintained when the wine is bottled (Wikipedia)

For many in the field, producing and selling wine is both an elegant and satisfying profession. The hard work that goes into making wine can pay off spiritually and monetarily. What would it take for someone to excel at a job like this? Here a five suggestions:

Achiever: To work the land do all the small steps that are essential in preparing and creating a quality vintage

Analytical and Maximizer: To correctly study and assess when the steps of wine making have been achieved, or if processes need to be modified to create the best product

Deliberative and Input: Someone who is careful in following all the prescribed steps in wine production, and can grasp subtle details of the processes

Monday, October 26, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #301: Restaurant Franchisee

What They Do: Franchising is the practice of the right to use a firm's business model and brand for a prescribed period of time…Essentially, and in terms of distribution, the franchisor is a supplier who allows an operator, or a franchisee, to use the supplier's trademark and distribute the supplier's goods. In return, the operator pays the supplier a fee. (Wikipedia)

Unlike a restaurateur, a restaurant franchisee manages an eatery that already has an established menu and environment. These venues (McDonalds, Burger King, Applebees, etc.) tend to be fast food outlets and mid-priced family restaurants. The right person who can run several franchises in an area can be quite successful in a profession where their kind of product is always in demand.

What would it take to excel at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Arranger: Someone who can successfully run the day-to-day operations of one or more business outlets, taking the step-by-step instructions provided for them by the franchiser and executing them with a high level of proficiency. Someone who can not only handle the day-to-day tasks involved with running an operation but also respond to special circumstances and emergencies as needed.

Input: To understand and implement the many rules and procedures that need to be followed in order to be in compliance with the franchisor

Command and Deliberative: To manage staff in ways that ensure a consistent level of quality customer experience. This includes hiring, training, supervising, and (if necessary) disciplining or firing staff members

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #300: Restaurateur

What They Do: A restaurateur is a person who opens and runs restaurants professionally. Although over time the term has come to describe any person who owns a restaurant, traditionally it refers to a highly skilled professional who is proficient in all aspects of the restaurant business. (Wikipedia)

In modern usage, a restaurateur is usually known for opening several high-profile (and higher-end) restaurants in one or more cities. For some customers, the name of the person opening a new place to eat is almost as important as the food being served, and they are willing to pay a premium for the experience.

What would it take to excel at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever: Someone willing to go above and beyond to put the work in to make a new restaurant successful

Arranger: To put the correct pieces in place to make a new enterprise work, from both the creative and business perspectives

Developer and Maximizer: Someone who can make the most out of what is at hand and for whom “average” is not good enough when it comes to the quality of food, d├ęcor, and service

Woo: To win over new employees, customers, vendors and investors so that excitement is generated and new relationships are built

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #299: Alumni Relations Manager

What They DoAn alumni association is an association of graduates or, more broadly, of former students (alumni). These associations often organize social events, publish newsletters or magazines, and raise funds for the organization. Many provide a variety of benefits and services that help alumni maintain connections to their educational institution and fellow graduates...Additionally, such groups often support new alumni, and provide a forum to form new friendships and business relationships with people of similar background. (Wikipedia)

What are the talents that would enable someone to excel at this position, which can lead to strengthened ties to alumni and more resources for a university? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Ideation: Someone who can develop and follow through on new and existing ideas to communicate and interact with alums.

Communication: Someone who knows how to work the needed channels to get and stay in touch with graduates, knowing how and how often to connect with them for maximum effect

Relator and Woo: Someone who can develop and maintain alums' interest and engagement in activities associated with their alma mater

Monday, October 19, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #298: Academic Advisor

What They Do: Academic advising is, according to the National Academic Advising Association, "a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic advising synthesizes and contextualizes students' educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and time frames." (Wikipedia)

Academic advisers help students understand and plan what classes to take, what their major should be, what they need to do to graduate, and what options are available to them during and after their time in school. While many colleges and universities give advising duties to faculty, others make advising a full-time position. In either case, the advice and guidance provided to students can go a long way in ensuring students' successful outcomes. What are the talents that might allow someone to excel at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Empathy and Individualization: Someone who can understand a student’s specific circumstances and provide advice and guidance that is tailored for them

Futuristic: To look ahead and see what the best options for a student are based on their current standing

Intellection: To understand the policies and procedures involved for a student to get enrolled, change classes, and successfully perform other academic and school-related tasks

Consistency: To look at different options objectively and make decisions and provide options based on what’s best for the student

Friday, October 16, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #297: Sous Chef

What They Do: A Sous-Chef de Cuisine (also Under-chef of the kitchen) is a chef who is “the second in command in a kitchen; the person ranking next after the head chef.” Sous-chefs must plan and direct how the food is presented on the plate, keep their kitchen staff in order, train new chefs, create the work schedule, and make sure all the food that goes to customers is of the best quality to make customers happy. (Wikipedia)

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

Achiever and Maximizer: The drive needed to make sure excellent results are constantly achieved

Command and Arranger: The ability to direct traffic and keep things running smoothly in a very busy and high-intensity atmosphere

Ideation: The ability to understand the concepts developed by the head chef and realize those concepts for the customers

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #296: Building Inspector

What They DoA building inspector (is) a person who is employed by either a city, township or county and is usually certified in one or more disciplines qualifying them to make professional judgment about whether a building meets building code requirements. A building inspector may be certified either as a residential or commercial building inspector, or as a plumbing, electrical or mechanical inspector or other specialty-focused inspector who may inspect structures at different stages of completion. (Wikipedia)

The safety of millions of people every day depends on the sound judgement of the people who inspect buildings. What talents would be involved in someone excelling at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Consistency: Someone who does their job with a minimum of bias, whether it's toward the object of their inspection or the occupants or clients they are working with

Deliberative and Responsibility: Someone who takes every assignment seriously and follows through completely so that no steps are left undone

Input and Developer: The ability to gather information and details, and be able to tell when something is not at the level of quality it needs to be

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Job Strengths Profile #295: Family Therapist

What They DoFamily therapy, also referred to as couple and family therapy, marriage and family therapy, family systems therapy, and family counseling, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health. (Wikipedia)

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

Analytical and Communication: The ability to understand what can be complex social situations, and describe to oneself and others what is going on in a difficult family situation, as well as the options for making it better

Developer and Restorative: A desire to improve and repair relationships

Harmony: An ability to sense the underlying dynamics of relationships and how they can best be explained and made better

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