High5Test - Make Sure You are Not a Fish Climbing a Tree

EVERYBODY IS A GENIUS. BUT IF YOU JUDGE A FISH BY ITS ABILITY TO CLIMB A TREE, IT WILL LIVE ITS WHOLE LIFE BELIEVING THAT IT IS STUPID.
ALBERT EINSTEIN
— Albert Einstein

Last month I was contacted by a new service, HIGH5TEST. It’s similar to StrengthsFinder, which like DISC or Myers Briggs are professional assessment tools. HIGH5TEST’s commitment is as follows: changing the world by helping people understand and appreciate themselves and each other.

YES! I am all for that and it’s partly what I do when I compose a client’s resume. And to do a magnificent job of representing a person I don’t know, on paper, I need each person to define him or herself. I need to know why she is good at what she does, what drives him to deliver, what kind of methodology inspires her work, and which skills or talents propel his results.

This is why I have long asked clients who find if difficult to define themselves to consider taking Gallup’s StrengthsFinder test. And now I have a new one to add as a choice, the HIGH5TEST.

I took this test and LOVED my results - they are me to a “T.” My top five (they provide 20 strengths in sequence) explain why I am pretty good at what I do! Here they are:

Philomath - in love with learning. You have to be, to read through clients’ homework questionnaires, job postings, performance evaluations, life stories and professional details. Some clients have remarkably rich "brag” files and have sent me well over 30 pages of information. I read constantly and learn an awful lot!

Coach - enjoy discovering the potential in other people. Precisely. Many cannot see their own value, their own greatness, but I sure can. And I know the questions to ask to source professional value. Even those who were let go due to restructuring or other reasons feel confident about finding a new opportunity after we wrap up our project.

Deliverer - follow through on their commitments. I could not be self employed if this were not so.

Empathizer - great at noticing how others feel and using this understanding to do something good. I know that my resumes and letters do good: they land great interviews for amazing jobs!

Optimist - enjoy giving praise on what’s right about people. That’s my work, to dig out the nuggets of golden value that each client brings to the recruitment table. They are there, just often buried under regrets, over-focus on short-comings, and a very real and unfortunate neglect of strengths!

If you struggle with noting what makes you so good at what you do (here’s a hint: if you say “I’m just doing my job,” that’s a good sign this is for you), take the HIGH5TEST. So often a small investment can make a considerable difference, a positive impact. This is one of those cases! Find out what makes you GREAT!