Thursday, October 21, 2010

Are You A Helper? Know Your Strengths Factors

By Ingrid Stabb (@ingridstabb)
This is PART TWO of a series that walks you through nine career types. To learn more, see

You’re the Helper if your greatest strengths factor is about “Meeting Needs.” If you are the second career type, you understand FEELINGS, know how to PLEASE, and like to ASSIST your boss and others. You take PRIDE in being needed and in being instrumental to the success of the group. RELATIONSHIPS are of utmost importance to you. Since many careers for Helpers require ASSESSING NEEDS of others, popular roles are as psychologists, caregivers, teachers, human resource directors, receptionists, medical practitioners, and chiefs of staff. Helpers can be found in just about any profession, including law, finance, accounting, science, journalism, and the arts, especially in roles that require interacting with PEOPLE. However, some successful Helpers spend long hours alone, such as Danielle Steele, who writes best-selling novels about love relationships.

WARMTH and going ABOVE & BEYOND what is required stand out about both male and female Helpers. While most are extraverted and have strong people skills, introverted Helpers feel more comfortable contributing behind the scenes.

If you are a Helper, you are good at reading people—even to the extent of knowing what they need before they do. This skill helps you get you where you want to go whether by being kind, altruistic, dignified, cordially welcoming, affectionate, or seductive.

You may lean towards the style of one of the types next to yours. If you are a Helper who is more influenced by the Perfectionist career type, you may be more objective than some Helpers. If the Achiever “wing” influences you, you may be quite image-conscious and unusually ambitious for your own career for a Helper career type.

If the Helper describes you, what do you consider your greatest strengths factors? Rate yourself below (or stay tuned to read about the other career types).

How do you rate your ability to communicate emotions or ideas to one person or a group successfully?
LO 1 2 3 4 5 HI

People Skills
How skilled are you at winning people over to your point of view, creating a comfortable environment, conversing, and being diplomatic?
LO 1 2 3 4 5 HI

How alert are you when it comes to picking up insights and awareness about people and other complicated subjects?
LO 1 2 3 4 5 HI

How much can others depend on you to be responsible and to do what you say you will do?
LO 1 2 3 4 5 HI

When a new situation or problem arises, how do you rate your ability to solve it by using your store of knowledge, your own creative solutions, and/or your own intelligence?
LO 1 2 3 4 5 HI

Stay tuned to learn about the strengths factors of seven more career types!

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