Uncovering your skill set
Being aware of all your skills could be crucial when you are looking for a new job. This exercise looks under the surface of your skill set and finds qualifications you didn't even know you had.
The first round:
- Ask all the participants to choose a card that describes a skill they have, but didn’t use in their most recent job.
- Have them divided into groups of four where they can each talk about their skill based on the picture card.
- Afterwards, the participants can try to look at job postings with new eyes. The newly found skill could inspire to apply for new types of jobs.
The second round – ca. a month later:
- Ask the participants to find the card from the first round. (New participants can easily join. Ask them to find a picture card that describes a skill they didn’t use in their most recent job).
- Ask everyone to find new elements in their picture, e.g. shades, colours, forms or undetected details, that could describe other unused skills and the possibilities presented by these. If someone can’t find more details in their first picture card, they can choose a new one, but preferably everyone should elaborate on the same picture card.
- When everyone has found their picture card again and considered it, the participants split up into two equally large groups standing in an inner and an outer circle facing each other.
- First, everyone in the inner circle talks about their thoughts to the person standing in front of them in the outer circle. Then the person in the outer circle shows their card and uses the symbolism in his picture to support and give appreciative feedback, motivation and ideas to the other’s presentation.
- After a couple of minutes’ talk the outer circle turns three steps to the right so everyone stands in front of a new person. Now the outer circle talks about their thoughts about their skills and the picture since last time. This process goes on until the energy dwindles or someone meets the same person again.
- At the end of this exercise, the participants have been working innovatively and should have found several new approaches to job hunting. They can repeat point 3 from the first round.
After the participants have turned and twisted their presentations through several retellings to actively listening persons, they will get new energy and a strong focus on their own objectives. In this way, active listening can inspire new thoughts about one’s own focus and goals.
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