Best Careers for StrengthsFinder Self-Assurance

StrengthsFinder Definition - Self-Assurance

People exceptionally talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to take risks and manage their own lives. They have an inner compass that gives them certainty in their decisions. Here's the full list of CliftonStrengths definitions so you can check out your other talents as well.

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Careers for StrengthsFinder Self-Assurance - What Work Cultures Fit?

StrengthsFinder Self-Assurance Careers - Energy Takers & Energy Makers

In the next section, you'll explore what fuels you up and what drains you. Just like gas (or petrol) in your car, you need to keep your personal tank full to be at your best. Each StrengthsFinder talent theme is energized and drained by different things. When you see the stick figure who looks strong, you can consider how these things fuel you up at work. They're your energy makers. When you see the stick figure who looks weak, consider if these things are draining you at work. They're your energy takers.

Yucks for CliftonStrengths

What's a Yuck?

It's a situation, condition, or behavior you might see at work that zaps your energy. Yucks are also things you see on your calendar or to-do list that make you think, "Yuck, if I never had to do that again I'd be thrilled."

Yuck Situations for Self-Assurance

  • Being told how to do something, or having someone trying to control your actions
  • Being questioned or getting dictated to

How CliftonStrengths
Self-Assurance Can Be Perceived When Starved

What's a Starved Talent?

This section describes how you might be perceived when the shadow side of your talent is showing. It’s when you’re overusing, misapplying, or squashing one of your natural talents rather than turning it into a strength. We often see people starve, squash, or ignore their talent when they assume it is not valued in that role or company culture.

Perceptions of Starved Self-Assurance

  • Arrogant
  • Overconfident
  • Know it all

Situations That Make CliftonStrengths Self-Assurance Feel Insulted

What's An Insulted Talent?

Usually, talents get offended or insulted by other people who have natural preferences that are different from yours. It also happens if they fail to see their actions have an impact on someone else (you!). You can also insult your own talents if you have a "troublemaker strength" that speaks loudly and overpowers this one.

Things That Will Insult Self-Assurance

  • Question my decisions or my thought process.
  • Force collaborations with others when the person who leads through Self-Assurance already knows exactly what direction this project needs to take.

Yays for CliftonStrengths

What's a Yay?

It's a situation at work that boosts up your energy or makes you feel productive. Yays are also things you see on your calendar or to-do list that make you think, “Yay, fill my days with this."

Yay Situations for Self-Assurance

  • Influencing others through your certainty
  • Bringing clarity to ambiguity
  • Being trusted to be independent and self-sufficient

How CliftonStrengths
Self-Assurance Can Be Perceived When Fed

What's a Fed Talent?

This section describes how you might be perceived when the best version of you shows up at work. It’s when you’ve invested in your natural talents to mature them into strengths. You can feed your talent by considering “how” you approach each “what” on the job. When you apply your talents to productive outcomes, you’re feeding them.

Perceptions of Fed Self-Assurance

  • Confident, even in chaos
  • Self-aware leader
  • Helps people feel calm

Situations That Make CliftonStrengths Self-Assurance Feel Honored

What's An Honored Talent?

Usually, talents feel honored when other people acknowledge your needs and potential contributions. Talents feel honored when someone “extends an olive branch” to help you work at your best. You can also honor your own talents by investing in them, by choosing work that naturally calls on them, or by applying your strengths to performance on the job.

Things That Will Honor Self-Assurance

  • Give the person the ability to be fully self-sufficient on the job.
  • Put them in situations where they feel freedom and can control the process.

Build A Career For StrengthsFinder Self-Assurance - You At Your Best

Most people have a good handle on "What" they bring to the workplace. Resumes, CVs, and career development conversations are filled with lists of skills and job titles that show "what" you can do. Nearly everyone misses the "How".

Your Clifton StrengthsFinder talent themes help you communicate "How" you show up. It's how you think. It's how you feel. It's how you act. These are huge differences in each person that are differentiators on the job. Consider these adjectives you might want to consciously put into your personal branding efforts.

We recommend working a "How" description into the Summary section in your LinkedIn profile (if you don't yet use that section, don't worry, most people haven't paid attention to it until now). Of course, make up adjectives or phrases that describe you at your best. Try to avoid words like "motivated, self-starter" because they're so overused that you'll blend in with everyone else. Here are some ideas to spark your thinking:

  • Independent
  • Instinctive
  • Self-Sufficient
  • Stable
  • Confident
  • Solid
  • Influential
  • Certain
  • Resilient
  • Persistent
  • Courageous
  • Guide

Trying To Find A Career That Fits Your Strengths?

We help people use their strengths in their existing company. However, if you’re trying to find a new career that fits your strengths and talents — definitely check out my friend Scott Anthony Barlow’s 8-day course. It will help you begin narrowing down what career fits you.

Click here to enroll in his free “What Fits You” mini course. He sends you an email with a video and article each day for 8 days. It's awesome at helping you understand how to make a career change that fits your strengths.

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