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Career Coaching: Use your Existing Skills and Strengths to Launch Your Career

Watch the best moments from our exciting group career coaching session! This free session was organized in collaboration with non-profits SkillUp Coalition and InsideTrack. We've condensed the recording to enhance your viewing experience.

Session Overview

By identifying our skills and strengths, you are better able to reference them and draw from examples for resumes, cover letters, Linkedin profiles and interviews. You may also assess for any gaps that could prevent you from attaining your ideal position. Keep in mind that you have transferrable skills from front-line positions that can translate well in other careers/industries.

What are Skills and Strengths?

The session breaks down the key differences between skills and strengths:

  • Skills: These are learned abilities gained through training and experience.
  • Strengths: These are personal attributes you've cultivated over time.

Identifying Your Strengths

The coaches recommend reflecting on a list of skills and strengths you already have. Don't be afraid to add anything that resonates with you! Here are some prompts to get you started:

  • Review past experiences: Consider times you've excelled in previous roles. What skills or strengths did you leverage?
  • Think about future goals: What kind of work environment are you drawn to? What skills will be most valuable in that setting?

Turning Strengths into Powerful Stories

Once you've identified your strengths, the session dives into how to effectively communicate their value to employers. Here's a helpful approach:

  • Choose a strength: Select a strength that aligns with your future career goals.
  • Impact and Outcomes: Describe a specific situation where you used this strength to achieve a positive outcome. Quantify the impact whenever possible.
  • Transferable Skills: Explain how this strength applies to different roles and industries."

Example: Turning "Love of Learning" into a Career Advantage

The session provides a great example of how to showcase a strength. The coach highlights her love of learning and how she used it to become a career coach:

  • Strength: Lifelong Learner
  • Impact: She used her love of learning to stay updated on industry trends and enhance her coaching skills.
  • Transferable Skill: This ongoing learning allows her to provide valuable insights to her clients.


  • Focus on the results your strengths produce.
  • Highlight how your strengths are transferable across different industries.
  • Practice communicating your strengths effectively during interviews and applications.

By following these steps and utilizing the resources provided, you can confidently showcase your strengths and land your dream job!

Tools For Success

GROW Model

Skills & Strengths Inventory

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