People on a job search or people looking at potentially moving to another position, within or without their company, normally think of revising their résumé as the first step to the process. However, it is not. Revising your résumé is actually the last step.
The first thing you need to do is define your value proposition. How you do this is the tricky part. It is not only about skill and competency. You have to dig deeper into your inner quality that shines through at work but that of which you may or may not be aware. It will also help a lot that you become aware of behavior or attitude that ticks people off and again, that of which you may or may not be aware.
There are things that you and other both know about you. There are things others know about you but of which you may not be aware. And there are things that you know about you that others do not know. Yet again, there are things that both you and others do not know about yourself. There are layers and nuances in our personality. The filtering effect of perception may distort our view of others and ourselves.
Feedback and disclosure will generate information that is more accurate.
The Johari Window is a self-awareness model using disclosure and feedback. It is a great tool to find out what others see in you or know about you but is unknown to you. We have a particular perception of ourselves borne of what we know of us based on our personal experience – true or untrue – and how people respond to us. However, this is a limited view. What other people see may not be exactly what you think they see in you. Thus, the best way to increase the overlap of these two views is to ask for feedback.
It is best to get information from people you work with. Ask them about:
1. Traits or characteristics that make you effective at work;
2. Traits or characteristics that make you stand out ;
3. Area/s you are good at but still has room for improvement;
4. Why they like working with you and what they will miss about you if you leave.
The challenge is how to pose these questions in order to obtain untainted response. Fear of reprisal or fear of hurting feelings or fear of offending others – these are the reasons why people might be hesitant to give you an accurate or honest feedback. Minimize this by establishing good rapport and making the other person feel comfortable in expressing their opinions. Use statements that will make the other person feel safe to shoot straight because of the positive spin on them. Phrase your question positively using incomplete statements like:
What I like about you…
What I want to see more of you do is…
What is the value of knowing all these? This knowledge gives you the ability to express yourself with authenticity. Truly knowing what your strengths are having seen them from different perspectives is like looking at yourself from a three-sided mirror. You will have the power to improve your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths. You will know how to look good to other people while really feeling good about yourself.