Today in my networking challenge I am interviewing Ingrid Stabb. Ingrid is the Co-Author of The Career Within You. She became a leader in the field of personalization with her innovations applied to product management, loyalty marketing, and career management at global Fortune 500 companies and international startups.
In case you are reading this at work and can’t watch the video, you can read all of the great advice below instead!
1) How can we determine our greatest career strengths?
There are a lot of ways to determine your strengths like Myers-Briggs and StrengthsFinder. There’s a lot of personality tests out there and I love them all. But what I think is the most powerful framework is called the Enneagram. In the work setting, I used it as a strength factors because what I focus on is career strength.
Basically what you do is you determine what your career type is; there are 9 types. And within them, you drill down and each of the types has different strengths. This is the base of your core motivation, something that you’ve been doing since you were a little kid. So you’ve been practicing it over and over again without even thinking about it to the point that when you are in your 20s and 30s you have this powerful career strength. What you do so flawlessly better than anyone else you so you might as well really play that up in your career, in your resume, in your job interviews, and everything that you do.
2) How can we match our career strengths to find the right career?
It’s hard to summarize because there are hundreds of hundreds of jobs, so what you do is you figure out your top two strengths and you go through the tables to map it out and see what suits you very well.
Let’s use Anna as the guinea pig for you to get an idea.
Anna’s two possible career types:
Perfectionist is motivated to make improvements.
Observer who’s motivated to acquire knowledge.