Strengths are your positive qualities. Your strengths include your talents and personality traits that come naturally to you, and the skills you have learned. You highlight your strengths so that employers know what you can do.
What are your Talents and Personality Traits?
Some examples of things that may come naturally to you:
Even if you have a talent that comes naturally to you, such as good speaking skills, it's a good idea to practice and increase your ability. Know how you can use your strengths at work.
What is a Skill?
A skill is something you learn how to do. For example:
You can gain or improve any skill with practice or training. You may have learned new skills through work you did while in prison. That is why it's important to stop and think about what skills you have. Some of your skills can transfer from one job to others.
Not sure about your strengths? Use this strengths worksheet (pdf) to learn more about yourself.
What Do Employers Want?
In a job interview, an employer might ask: "What is your greatest strength?"
In this situation, talk about all of your strengths. Employers want to know everything about you that makes you a good employee — the things you have learned and what comes naturally to you.