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JOBTALKS. Your Talents and Employer Fit. Indiana University Kelley School of Business C. Randall Powell, Ph.D. Contents used in this presentation are adapted from Career Planning Strategies and used with the permission of the author. Self-Awareness and Cultural Fit.

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Your Talents and

Employer Fit

Indiana UniversityKelley School of BusinessC. Randall Powell, Ph.D

Contents used in this presentation are adapted from Career Planning Strategies

and used with the permission of the author.

Self awareness and cultural fit

Self-AwarenessandCultural Fit

Matching your background and the culture of the organization

Sound understanding

Sound Understanding

  • As a Job Seeker, you need a sound understanding of the principles of

    • Creating

    • Making

    • Implementing Job Decisions

Fundamental principles

Fundamental Principles

  • Regardless of your experience or personal background, you must consider:

    • Self-Awareness

    • Cultural Fit

    • Interdependence

    • Adaptability

      As well as skills match-interviewer’s job

Self awareness


  • You Need A Clear Picture of….

    • Who You Are

    • Who You Want to Become

  • Career Success will stem from…

    • Your Strengths…

    • ….Not Your Weaknesses

Self assessment


  • Helps to separate family and societal pressures from personal needs, desires, abilities, and styles.

  • Passive vs. Active Role in Job Search

    • Seeking to find a job that satisfies popular needs and desires OR

    • First defining what you seek in the workplace

Take an active role in self assessment

Take An Active Role in Self-Assessment

  • Ask yourself some probing questions that will help you begin the self-assessment process.

    • Consider your cognitive skills

    • Consider your personal and interpersonal work style

    • Consider your outside interests and needs

Consider your cognitive style

Consider Your Cognitive Style

  • How do you think?

  • How do you approach problems?

  • Do you focus on details, systems or the big picture?

  • Do you think in the abstract?

  • Are you easily interrupted?

  • How many things can you remember and attend to at once?

  • How flexible is your thinking?

  • Do you find different thought processes difficult to understand or enjoy?

What is your personal and interpersonal work style

What is Your Personal and Interpersonal Work Style?

  • What would you consider an ideal daily routine?

  • What are your best hours?

  • What type of work environment do you need to be at your best?

  • How much variety do you like or need?

  • Do you like structure?

  • Are you a team player or do you prefer to work alone?

Explore your outside interests and needs

Explore Your OutsideInterests and Needs?

  • How would you describe your lifestyle?

    • Focused on work?

    • Filled with many activities? Or a few?

  • Do you like traveling?

  • What hobbies or recreational outlets do you have?

  • How often do you need them to stay refreshed?



  • Second principle is FIT.

    • Using your self-awareness information to assess the demands and responsibilities of a particular job.

    • The FIT between a particular job and your personal profile.

    • Begins with questions designed to generate information your career goal.

      Later… prove the match in your interview

Fit questions

FIT Questions

  • Avoid “generic” questions.

  • Be precise to help with making a choice.

  • Assess opportunities from a…

    • Professional standpoint and not only from a personal perspective.

    • Retaining key elements of person/job fit.

Manage areas of mis fit

Manage Areas of Mis-Fit

  • Build upon areas that provide a good fit.

  • Manage those that do not.

  • Focus on here-and-now.

  • Be less concerned about the next promotion or the ultimate career outcome.

  • Do all things extremely well.

  • Establish credibility and respect.



  • Various conflicting aspects of life.

    • Professional

    • Financial

    • Educational

    • Physical

    • Emotional

    • Spiritual

    • Social

    • Recreational

    • Intellectual

Key to interdependence

Key to Interdependence

  • Remember that they are all part of the same person.

  • Don’t close them off – do not compartmentalize these facets of our lives.

  • Recognize that each career decision will affect your physical, emotional, and intellectual self, as well as your relationships with others.

  • Make decisions for the whole self.



  • Change comes to people and jobs in varying amounts over time.

  • Ability to respond to these changes is fundamental to implementing your career decisions.

  • Don’t be too set in your ways.

  • Don’t be too sensitive to change.

Keep yourself adaptable

Keep Yourself Adaptable

  • Develop a range of interests.

  • Maintain a level of self-motivation.

  • Follow the trends both within and outside of your organization.

    • Readings, conversations, networking

    • Articulate a set of values



  • Four principles of managing the career decision-making process.

    • Self-Awareness

    • Fit

    • Interdependence

    • Adaptability



  • Those who become proficient in each of these areas are more likely to make good career decisions and thrive in the years ahead.


If you would like to learn more, Career Planning Strategies textbook will supply additional information on this topic.

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