As I’m all antsy for my job interview Monday, my therapist told me to list all the things I believe are my strengths. It’s always been difficult for me to believe in myself and that I deserve to be hired, and that I have all the assets within me. I listed some to her, but it was hard to sound confident and also truly wholeheartedly believe it. I think one of the issues is that Asians tend to value qualities like humility, quietness, and Americans tend to view extroverted characteristics such as confidence, loudness, bolstering of your skill sets. I know there’s somewhere in the middle where you can be humble but also relate your strengths and past experiences and apply them to why they should hire you.
Here are my strengths-
I was recently in the hospital and home-ridden for a couple months. I didn’t give up though, and used the time of rehabilitation to work on anything I could continue working on, because I have a deep thirst for knowledge, because knowledge is power. My friend worked on developing a coding project in Python and had me test it out as a beginner so that I could learn as well. I also had a series of books that targets all aspects of perspective, mindset, and more concrete concepts. Some of these include Warren Buffet’s three favorite books on understanding stocks and bonds, the need to further develop empathy, a necessary quality dealing with human relations and interactions in terms of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Thinking. I also read about the history of Pixar and the importance of allowing creativity and flexibility to let the workforce blossom successfully in Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc.
Relating back to empathy, I read Birth of Korean Cool written from the perspective of a woman growing up in South Korea, which explains its impressive growth from a nation that is constantly taken over to the nation now that is expanding everywhere, with Korean dramas featured on Netflix as well as Netflix Originals, to korean skincare and products highlighted in Sephoras everywhere, and the rebranding of Samsung. I countered that by also reading one of a woman growing up in North Korea, comparing and contrasting the two different Koreas and the experiences of those communities that share so many similarities yet are so different. I also spent time to roam on human rights issues such as the Syrian refugee cause, environmental waste websites and blogs, as well as developing my passion for linguistics by practicing a bit of spanish and korean on phone apps each day.
- Hungry and driven for more knowledge and growth
- Very disciplined and work-oriented
- Developed interpersonal skills at customer service jobs where I learned to develop skills at approaching or interacting with clients
- Balanced in terms of technological aspect of job as well as human aspect, both of which are important in a work environment
My greatest weakness (if I had any ohoho) is that I can get a bit stressed about projects and deadlines, but that is because I highly value my work ethic and take it seriously.
That’s all I can think of for now for my self-reflection.