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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Advice to parents of school leavers – top 4 tips

Posted by: Emma Trenier, Senior Psychologist, Capp.

 

 

 

Every Saturday I love to read The Inventory in the FT Weekend. In twenty questions (the same each week), experts in their field are asked about their lives and careers, including whether they had a mentor, whether ambition or talent matters more and whether they consider their carbon footprint. The question I love the most though is:

 

If your 20 year old self could see you now, what would they think?

 

Apart from writer P.J O’Rourke who said he wouldn’t even notice himself, almost every other interviewee has said that their younger self would be pleased to see that they had taken risks, followed their dreams and fought to succeed against the odds.

 

So, parents, whilst we rush around helping our young people to master the basics of workplace etiquette and summer job politics, we must not lose sight of our broader role – to help them take risks and dream big dreams.

 

To start with,

  1. Coach them, don’t instruct them. Build their confidence and motivation by helping them work out what they want to do and why. Help them imagine the benefits they will get if they go for it.
  2. Open their horizons. Help set up experiences, e.g., watching movies, visiting friend’s workplaces or reaching out to potential mentors, that will inspire them to believe they can achieve great things.  
  3. Focus on their strengths. Help them courageously follow a route that plays to their strengths- their areas of greatest potential (They can take a free Strengths Test on Jobmi which will give them some great insight).
  4. Build their resilience. I love the ‘Worth it Guide’ booklet (free to download) designed by young people to help others find their flow, focus on the positive and build their confidence.

 

And, finally, why not ask them,

 

If your 20 year old self could see you now, what would they say you should do?

 

If you’re helping your child, or advising friends who have children this A Level Results Day, two essential places to check are: The Telegraph Clearing Hub http://clearing.telegraph.co.uk/, and UCAS, who offer telephone support for school leavers and parents on 0371 468 0468, and for latest news and updates see their website http://www.ucas.com/ 

 

For more information on Jobmi and strengths development please call Capp on +44(0)2476 323 363 or connect with me, Emma Trenier, on LinkedIn

 

 

 

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Resilience – the positive attitude you need in overcoming obstacles

Posted by: Nick Hayter, Senior Psychologist, Capp.

 

 

A Level results day… a nervous wait then if you are a school leaver in the build up to a dizzying mix of emotions related to your UCAS points: meeting offers; missing offers; considering differed placements; considering adjustments to courses; or, reconsidering further education entirely.

 

Your A Level results are a milestone, greeted with either gratification and celebration or, a day that knocks your confidence and tests your resolve to quickly respond. If you miss the grades required to secure your first choice subject or degree, it’s important to remember that setbacks happen to everyone. Resilience helps you to stay calm, recover quickly and proactively seek alternatives. Since, this is unlikely to be your first (or last) situation when you’re expected to cope with adversity, it’s helpful to know that lots of characteristics define resilience.

 

Resilient people tend to have a blend of self-belief, energy and positive outlook. But, you are just as likely to draw on things unique to you in order to cope with tough times – for example, your sense of humour or setting clear goals.

 

Resilience is not fixed – this means that your levels of resilience can fall if you’re feeling drained, stressed or not looking after yourself. Equally, there are lots of ways that you can increase or top-up your levels of resilience. One tip, is to learn from resilient role models. You don’t need to know anyone famous, your resilient role models can be your friends or family members. Learn what helps them to recover from setbacks – that way, you might be able to cope better in a difficult situation, by asking yourself, “What would they do?”

 

If you would like to learn more about your strengths, www.Jobmi.com offers FREE assessments to help you find out and learn more about yourself, empowering you to find the right career.

 

If you need support and you’re looking for courses through Clearing, The Telegraph Clearing Hub has been set up to support you http://clearing.telegraph.co.uk/, and UCAS offer telephone support for school leavers and parents on 0371 468 0468, or see their website http://www.ucas.com/ 

 

For further information about Strengths and the work Capp do to help organisations with their school leaver, apprenticeship and diversity needs, please contact Capp on +44 (0)2476 323 363, or connect with me, Nick Hayter via LinkedIn - and good luck if you are waiting for your results.

 

 

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Spotting strengths in children and early careers

Posted by: Emma Trenier, Senior Psychologist, Capp. 

 

My three year old son packs spare clothes in his rucksack for his baby brother in case he spills something. Strange behaviour for a three year old but, I believe, one of the signs of his emerging strength in Prevention.

 

Parenting is often so fraught with worry and ambition. In the words of Norah Ephron (When Harry met Sally) “suddenly, one day there was this thing called parenting. Parenting was serious. Parenting was fierce. Parenting was solemn. Parenting was a participle, like ‘going’ and ‘doing’ and ‘crusading’ and ‘worrying’. It was active, it was energetic, it was unrelenting.”

 

Stopping to take time to observe our children’s strengths emerging is quite the opposite of this. It is natural, it is energising and it is uplifting. It is about allowing children to experiment and explore to find their strengths for themselves.

 

In Alex Linley’s bestselling book Average to A+ he talks about the ways in which adults can spot strengths in children and, in doing so plant ‘golden seeds’- through noticing and pointing out things that they are good at. It was Charles Handy who popularised this term and he tells us that almost all high achievers were given a golden seed in the first 20 years of their life.

 

Take time to spot strengths in your children these school holidays. As they leave school and discover their careers it will be having the confidence to build and excel in these areas that makes the greatest difference to them.

 

The good news for them, and us as parents, is that employers are recognising the importance of spotting strengths in early careers. Through strengths-based recruitment and development, organisations such as Nestlé and Morrisons and Microsoft are leading the way in selecting their youngest people for the strengths they possess – the source of their great potential.

 

For information on how to spot and develop the strengths of individuals and teams, please call Capp on +44(0)2476 323 363 or connect with me, Emma Trenier, on LinkedIn

 

 

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