Personal positioning is about matching your personal aspirations to employer needs – simple!
Here are some reflective thoughts …
An employee wants to deliver their best in an organisation.
An individual wants to showcase their best on a CV.
An individual wants to prepare for interview and be the best candidate.
A colleague wants to know how they can support you in delivering a product / service.
An employee wants to how they deliver their activities and perform beyond expectation.
A friend wants to share their best talent.
In all these statements, there is a personal ‘management’ given.
That you engage, listen and see what is on offer.
That you support the individual through active facilitation and guidance.
That you are enthused with their input and suggest ways of improvement, if necessary.
That you praise talent and output.
That you encourage development and improvement.
It resembles those moments when a child wants to show you their marvellous artwork. They will only progress and develop through consistent and regular positive feedback, assurance and praise.
Going back to the workplace:
How do you learn what to do?
How do you ensure you have completed the task given, satisfactorily?
For the future, how do you showcase added value and ability in an interview?
As a manager:
How do you ensure a person has completed the given task successfully?
How do you standardise workplace activities in teams, so that all perform with quality, performance and consistency?
How do you support colleagues through active learning and engagement?
How do you support workforce skills gaps and employee progression?
The answer lies in the use of competences or national occupational standards.
Competences are designed to be used in a variety of ways from HR practices such as workforce planning, to benchmarking personal learning and development and recording personal achievements.
Achievements and ability provide an employer with workplace currency and value: i.e. being compliant and workplace ready. The backbone of vocational education and accredited workplace learning and development programmes are competences.
Competences provide a professional benchmark for exemplar personal and organisational practice, as defined by employers.
There also lies a personal clue for career savvy individuals; career development when times are tough are your personal responsibility. Employers have positions unfilled, as they cannot find a match in skills offered by candidates to their immediate workplace needs. An individual can support the matching process by evidencing value, achievements and ability. Whilst career planning, have a look not just at the company bio and offer, but also the sector you would like to work in, sector needs, roles and match competences to your profile, to see whether you are in the best position to apply and engage with the sector and employer. If you identify you have personal skills gaps – work on them and showcase what you have personally done, to plug those gaps.