Top 30 Professional Strengths
What are Professional Strengths?
Simply put, your professional strengths are what make you good at a particular job. They are usually a mix of both soft and hard skills as well as experiences you've picked up from both your working and personal life.
Each candidate is going to have a unique mix of their own professional strengths and it's those who are able to sell their experiences most effectively that will go the furthest with employers.
No matter what your current level of experience, or what stage in your career you're currently at, everyone has some professional strengths in their arsenal, you just might not realise it at the moment!
If you can't think of your own professional strengths (or if you're just being incredibly modest!) we've compiled a list of 30 of the most desirable ones among employers and exactly how each can help you professionally.
Top 30 strengths
Having the right qualifications
Probably the easiest professional strength to start with if you're struggling to think of one. Many jobs require at least some form of formal qualification, whether this is a degree certificate, basic school qualifications or a professional certification. Show off your high grades, the number of years you've held a qualification and the specific skills you've picked up alongside it to really impress an employer.
Being easily trainable
Similar to qualifications in the sense that on completion of some training you'll usually have something tangible to show off at the end, it additionally tells an employer that you can adapt to new tasks when required. If you can show a recruiter instances when you've had to learn a new task and how quickly you grasped it you'll really start to stand out.
Employers often need staff who can work independently or with minimum supervision, even better if they proactively seek out new work and challenges. All part of the strengths of a self-starter.
Covering a broad range of strengths, having keen emotional intelligence means you have strong social skills, can make strong interpersonal connections and have empathy with those around you. All talents that make you likeable and a person others can turn to in a crisis.
Once you've built up a reputation for reliability you'll quickly become a go to person in any organisation. This is often such a simple thing to do as well, by keeping the lines of communication open, going beyond what is expected of you and turning up on time are all attributes that will have employers coming back to you time and again.
Demonstrating some examples of facing a challenge and not giving up is one of the most transferable strengths you can posses. Whatever your job, you're going to be thrown some difficult days and given tasks you're not able to do the first time around. Forthe determined among us however, this only presents a call to action and an opportunity to prove ourselves.
Many organisations today will call on their employees to take on a number of different roles, and those who can show versatility and an ability to adapt are more likely to survive. That's not to say the world won't always need its specialists, but those with a wider skill set can also protect themselves from changes in the job market.
One of the most important professional strengths and most highly sought after by employers. Having the ability to clearly communicate your thoughts, ideas and information in the workplace is just as important as being able to carry out the technical aspects of a role. Whether this is through verbal, written or interpersonal communication, without it staff can be left isolated.
Natural problem solver
Increasingly employers are looking for people to go beyond the role laid out in the job description. They want candidates who bring an element of problem solving to the role, someone with a track record of not just doing their day job but of seeing how they can make the day job better.
Drive for self improvement
There's usually someone we look up to, whether this is at work or in our home and personal lives, and often this person is always continuously trying to improve themselves. They seek advice when needed and have a clear plan of who they want to be. This drive is also something that gets you noticed by employers, where there's drive there's potential.
Never be afraid to be responsible for your own actions. Whether this is taking credit for good work or admitting your faults and mistakes. It's only when you start to take personal responsibility you can begin to take responsibility for others, a critical skill for career advancement and becoming a manager.
We're talking about the people who are always there with a positive attitude, the ones who consistently put in a good day's work and the ones who always volunteer for new tasks without complaint. Consistency usually becomes habit and habit becomes excellence.
Self reflection is incredibly difficult. To be able to look inwards and recognise both your strengths and weaknesses shows a high level of personal maturity. This is also one of the first steps in starting to address your weaknesses and make genuine improvements.
A lot of the strengths we listed here might sound like it's important to shout them from the roof-tops, and while this is true, it's important to remember to stay humble! It's a strength to be able to get that fine balance between selling your skills accurately and not sounding like you're bragging.
Punctuality and time management
This isn't just about showing up to work on time every day (though that is part of it!) it's also about being able to demonstrate you can hit deadlines and efficiently plan your day. Employers want someone they can assign a workload to and know it'll be completed within their deadlines.
Can set goals
Having clear goals can give both short and long term structure. Whether you have a daily checklist of tasks or a five year career plan, the ability to set measurable and achievable goals shows to both yourself and an employer that you're committed to the job and know what you're doing.
The organisers are the current and future managers at any workplace. A good organiser can recognise patterns, see the strengths in others and knows how to apply those strengths effectively.
It's inevitable that conflicts are going to arise at work. Between team members, across functions and with dissatisfied customers. A lot of people shy away from conflict or give too much ground while others might become overly aggressive and make things worse. Organisations are always looking for people who aren't afraid of conflict or challenge and can manage it in a diplomatic way.
This covers both earning trust as well as being able to put your trust in others. The more trusted someone is, the more opportunities that start to fall their way.
If you feel you're making the right decision or taking the right action, have confidence and don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. When you're confident, but not overbearing, you'll start to be taken more seriously and be able to get more done.
Attention to detail
This really represents those people who go that extra mile. Taking a little extra time to polish up a presentation or a report can really get you noticed in the workplace and mark you out as someone who can be given additional responsibilities with the confidence that you'll produce quality work.
This is the kind of person you can give any larger scale task to and know they'll be able to see it through on time. Being a good project manager is also linked to being a good multi-tasker and is another vital skill in the modern workplace.
Calm under pressure
If you're able to tackle the unexpected with a calm and relaxed attitude then not only will it give you a desirable skill for your CV, it will also mean you have the perfect beginnings for management material.
Those who can inspire others tend to do well in their careers. Those who couple this with being likeable too are virtually unstoppable.
It's one thing to be able to work well in a team but those who can take this to the next level and actually identify the strengths in others and build their own teams are really stand out candidates.
Where some are content to sit back and let others make decisions or overthink and worry about the consequences of a decision, the decisive people have already made one. Every workplace is keen to have decisive people on board, and while they may not always make the right decision they're usually the type of person who learns from mistakes.
Usually a trait seen in the best sales people, being results oriented is actually a highly transferable skill to a variety of roles. Those who demonstrate the ability to consistently achieve and go beyond targets usually rise quickly within their organisation.
It's true when people say that attitudes are contagious. A negative coworker or client can bring down the mood of the whole team while an optimistic person has the power to motivate, inspire and brighten the office just by their very presence.
It's just a part of life that we're going to face set-backs every once in a while and this true for any job too. You can choose to either let bad experiences ruin your day or you can weather the storm, learn something from it and put plans in place to prevent it happening again. This is where resilient people come into their own.
What might have just been known as good old fashioned teamwork not so long ago, being collaborative takes this to another level. It's not enough to be able to work well with your team any more, the worker of today needs to prevent silo working by collaborating across departments, offices and with a wide range of clients.