Everyone has their own particular talents that are naturally and uniquely theirs. Unlike skills that are learned for the purpose of carrying out specific activities, your talents stem from your own unique abilities and individual inclinations. Discovering what your talents are is the first step in finding a career and job that you will love.
Create a Detailed List
Creating a detailed list of your talents helps define your strengths and can direct you toward the type of work that you will enjoy most. Do not simply rely on the talents that you have at your present job, however. Think too about the talents you have that you routinely use around your house, at play, or when you are with your family, friends and pets. Write down every talent that comes to mind, even if you think the talent is irrelevant it could still lead you to a satisfying career. As an example, if arranging flowers comes naturally to you, a job working as a florist might be ideal; or if you connect well with animals, a job as a dog trainer or groomer might be a good match.
Look for Patterns
Once you have a detailed list of your talents, search for a recurring theme that keeps appearing on your list. Perhaps you notice that many of your talents are useful for working outdoors or that you have a passion for puzzles or dealing with numbers. These are all clues that can help you find a job that will match up perfectly with your own special talents.
Research Job Titles
While you might not know the exact job you are looking for, you can begin your new job search by researching job titles that sound interesting to you and would implement using some of the talents you have listed. Use websites such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to get a better idea of what the duties of certain jobs would entail or use keywords from your list to look for jobs on careerbuilders.com or monster.com.
Plan Your Next Move
Although you may have found the perfect job for your talents, you may discover that you do not have all the qualifications, such as schooling or the experience that you need. If this is the case, look for other types of jobs that are similar in nature, but are perhaps at an entry-level positions or in the same field. Once you are in an industry that you love, you can then use your talents to shine and advance from there.
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