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That one thing you do best
Episode 1520th August 2021 • Careers & Coffee • Corridor Careers
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What's your skillset superpower? Are you great at at least 1 thing? Dan and Liz talk about how to either think about or articulate your superpower. This can be helpful in your focus as a job seeker, but also in your interview skills with recruiters. See, even though we have an active job market here in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, recruiters are still picky, looking for candidates that they know will help them further business goals.

Resources:

Book discussed: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

by Gary Keller

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Check out the latest 400+ jobs on Corridor Careers

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Dan Holterhaus:

Hey, good morning, Liz. Happy Friday.

Liz Kennedy:

Happy Friday, got our coffee,

Dan Holterhaus:

Got our coffee going

Liz Kennedy:

Careers and coffee. Friday edition.

Dan Holterhaus:

Gotta have the coffee when we're when we're

Dan Holterhaus:

talking about careers.

Liz Kennedy:

And let me say our market is highly caffeinated

Liz Kennedy:

when it comes to jobs right now.

Dan Holterhaus:

Highly caffeinated, and more than

Dan Holterhaus:

enough job openings, right now what, uh, what's going on

Dan Holterhaus:

quarter careers?

Liz Kennedy:

Oh, my gosh, we have so many jobs, and so much

Liz Kennedy:

variety of jobs. If you have been curious about, you know, if

Liz Kennedy:

you're currently happy in your, well, let's see, let's say

Liz Kennedy:

you're currently unhappy in your current job. There are so many

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jobs right now on Corridor Careers, and just in our market,

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in general, that you could probably find something in your

Liz Kennedy:

career path right now. And, you know, have something to compare

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it to. A lot of times, you might be working in a role where you

Liz Kennedy:

think, well, there's no other jobs like this. So I'm kind of

Liz Kennedy:

this is a good place for me to be

Liz Kennedy:

But if you're interested in looking out. I'm not saying we

Liz Kennedy:

want people who leave jobs that they're happy in. just just just

Liz Kennedy:

enough, a lot of opportunity out there. And that's what we're

Liz Kennedy:

going to talk about today. Opportunity.

Dan Holterhaus:

We're going to talk about opportunity. And just

Dan Holterhaus:

to follow up on that 455 current active jobs as of right now, on

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Corridor Careers. But yeah, let's let's talk about

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opportunity. And let's talk about, we're kind of getting

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back to, before we started this Careers and Coffee episode

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talking about our our one thing - our superpower in the

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workforce, or just in life. So Liz, if I asked you, what was

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the one thing that you think that your hands down better at?

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or what have people maybe mentioned to you in the past

Dan Holterhaus:

that, hey, wow, you're really good at this.

Liz Kennedy:

So I would go with, what do I feel most confident

Liz Kennedy:

in? Versus that because I'm really not comfortable with

Liz Kennedy:

people giving me praise or hearing, you know, hearing about

Liz Kennedy:

myself from other people. And that's just my own issue.

Liz Kennedy:

But I feel most confident in my curiosity. And I would say

Liz Kennedy:

curiosity is my superpower. I'm very curious about why things

Liz Kennedy:

work, how things work. When I dig into things. That's when I

Liz Kennedy:

find things through my just analysis skills. And I learn

Liz Kennedy:

things, I love to learn. And curiosity is what drives all of

Liz Kennedy:

that. I'm just inherently curious. I'm like a cat. So that

Liz Kennedy:

is probably my superpower. And I know it is a soft skill that

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many job, employers, sorry, recruiters and employers are

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looking for someone who's curious because they know

Liz Kennedy:

someone who's curious is going to notice when things go south,

Liz Kennedy:

or they're going to notice opportunities. But I'm just kind

Liz Kennedy:

of teasing what you think your superpower is Dan. So what do

Liz Kennedy:

you what would you say your skill superpower is?

Dan Holterhaus:

My skill superpower. So I've been told in

Dan Holterhaus:

the past that I'm really good at maybe finding gaps or

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opportunities. Whether that is you know, maybe there were

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problems, right? So in business and in work, like maybe that's

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an opportunity to grow revenue, or, you know, find an

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opportunity to save money, right. So as far as business

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goes, like everybody's every company is in business to try to

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make money and provide jobs and to serve people. Right? So as

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far as in the workforce, that's at least what I've been told by

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some friends or mentors, like, hey, wow, I'd never never

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thought of that. That'd be a really good way to, you know,

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maybe add to the bottom line or, you know, increase sales. So

Dan Holterhaus:

I think I'm always been kind of a problem solver. And maybe,

Dan Holterhaus:

maybe that's my, my greatest strength. And my biggest

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weakness, too, that I see see problems maybe too frequently.

Dan Holterhaus:

But yeah, going back to you. So yeah, that curiosity is very

Dan Holterhaus:

interesting. And I would completely agree with what you

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said, because when I see you work, you are always really good

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at getting into like, maybe a CMS, like a content management

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system or a brand new platform, and you just had the whole thing

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figured out before, you know, it seems like in minutes, like

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where other people like myself, you know, weeks or months to

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figure out so.

Liz Kennedy:

Well, thanks, Dan. You're making me feel real

Liz Kennedy:

uncomfortable right now.

Dan Holterhaus:

That's what we do. Yeah. here's, here's an

Dan Holterhaus:

example. Here's an example.

Liz Kennedy:

I think just had, you know, we've talked about

Liz Kennedy:

this in the past on other podcasts, we both had tons of

Liz Kennedy:

jobs. And I was thinking about restaurants and why I was

Liz Kennedy:

working on a blog post of why restaurant work should be on

Liz Kennedy:

everyone's resume. And one of the one of the ways I used my

Liz Kennedy:

curiosity in the past was I was working at a cafe that also had

Liz Kennedy:

a bakery attached to it. And I noticed that the lemon bars

Liz Kennedy:

looked off. And I'm like, these lemon bars do not look like

Liz Kennedy:

yesterday's lemon bars. And so I brought it to the attention of a

Liz Kennedy:

manager who called over the pastry chef, and he's like, Oh,

Liz Kennedy:

yeah, those lemon bars are not right. And through that, I ended

Liz Kennedy:

up transitioning over to the pastry department, because I

Liz Kennedy:

noticed something that was critical to their quality, you

Liz Kennedy:

know, like making sure that their quality was always the

Liz Kennedy:

same, because they really relied on that reputation as providing

Liz Kennedy:

like amazing desserts. And if somebody would come in, and

Liz Kennedy:

they'd have a crappy lemon bar, they would tell everyone, they

Liz Kennedy:

had a terrible lemon bar, and they wouldn't go there and order

Liz Kennedy:

it anymore. And so those are the types of things that you can do

Liz Kennedy:

with those kind of like inherent skills that really don't,

Liz Kennedy:

they're not something I don't put, I mean, I might put

Liz Kennedy:

curiosity on my resume and just like something about me, but

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it's not like a skill that you put in the skill set at the top

Liz Kennedy:

of your resume. And so you have to learn how to talk about some

Liz Kennedy:

of those soft skills when you're interviewing to let the

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recruiter know, hey, this is something about me, you should

Liz Kennedy:

know. And this is why you should maybe consider me and this is

Liz Kennedy:

what I can bring to the table. But if you don't know that about

Liz Kennedy:

yourself, it's hard for you to tell that story.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, I love that. And I mean, just the fact

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that you saw, you know, saw the issue and brought it up, you

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know, I think there's a lot of people that maybe, maybe and it

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depends on your work environment, or where your boss

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and management to like, you might not be comfortable

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bringing that up. But, you know, having, having the confidence

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and everything and curiosity to go and bring that up. And, you

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know, they moved you over they they really liked that about you

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just the just the fact that you stepped up and said something.

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So I think that's something that, you know, a lot of lot of

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people can probably resonate with, that they've maybe seen an

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issue at work in the past or something. And you know,

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sometimes you say something, and sometimes you don't. but I think

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that's, that's a really good trait.

Liz Kennedy:

But yeah, it's, I guess, it's kind of the

Liz Kennedy:

difference between that passive worker and someone who's

Liz Kennedy:

empowered as kind of like, got that ownership mindset of like,

Liz Kennedy:

hey, this may not be my job, but I'm noticing that something

Liz Kennedy:

about this could be improved, or there might be an opportunity

Liz Kennedy:

here and heck, you know, like, if they listen to you, Danny,

Liz Kennedy:

like, Hey, you could actually be making some revenue on this,

Liz Kennedy:

then that's obviously going to reflect well on you. If they do

Liz Kennedy:

take that action. Or if they don't take the action. Even if

Liz Kennedy:

they don't take the action to solve the problem. They they

Liz Kennedy:

realize that you've brought it up and you're paying attention.

Liz Kennedy:

And that's kind of what they're looking for when they talk about

Liz Kennedy:

employee engagement.

Liz Kennedy:

It's a kind of a buzzword in, you know, when employers are

Liz Kennedy:

talking about how can we improve our culture and employee

Liz Kennedy:

engagement? What does engagement mean? It just means somebody who

Liz Kennedy:

actually cares enough to, to say something when they see

Liz Kennedy:

something?

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, absolutely. All right, so couple

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things. Right. So take action. I love that you just mentioned

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that. Definitely. Don't be afraid to take action and, and

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find out what your superpower is like, what's your what's your

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one thing that people are always praising you for? And, you know,

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don't don't be afraid to go after that and use that in the

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in the workplace.

Liz Kennedy:

And if you're looking for more ways to how to

Liz Kennedy:

figure out what that one thing is about yourself. Dan's gonna

Liz Kennedy:

put in the show notes, a link to a book that you read about this.

Dan Holterhaus:

And what was it it's called the one thing the

Dan Holterhaus:

one thing by Gary Keller, who was the founder of Keller Keller

Dan Holterhaus:

Williams real estate, actually. Big brand, but yeah, really good

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book. So check that out.

Liz Kennedy:

All right, well, that's gonna be it for today,

Liz Kennedy:

but we'll be back next week with another Careers and Coffee.