As explained in the reading “Start the Marketing Yourself Process by Assessing Your Raw Materials,” a thorough assessment of your personal raw materials will be necessary for you to begin the marketing yourself process.
For this assignment, you will need to conduct an evaluation of your own personal raw materials with respect to the following six categories (each of which was explained in the assigned reading and videos):
- Strengths (or what you’re already good at)
- Potential Strengths (or what you think you could possibly be good at with
- Faults or Bad Habits
- Interests, Desires, Passions (or what motivates you)
- Your “Personality”
- Core Values (or what’s important to you)
Use this links for each
http://www.wikihow.com/Identify – Your – Strengths – and – Weaknesses
http://www.viacharacter.org/www/The – Survey
After conducting your self-assessment, write up your results using the following guide:
1. Cover Page
Name, Panther ID, Major, Minor, Certificate(s), Assignment Title
Discuss the purpose for your raw materials self-assessment.
3. Raw Materials
For each of the six categories, please explain the following:
- How did you conduct your self-assessment for that particular raw materials category? Use at least one online assessment for the Strengths category and at least one online assessment for the Personality category. You may use other online assessments for other categories if you wish. For all categories, you should seek the feedback of your family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, and/or employees, etc. in order to gain knowledge from a different perspective. Explain why you used the various assessments and/or sources that you used.
- What are your resulting findings? In other words, what are your strengths? …your potential strengths? …your faults or bad habits? Etc. Be sure to describe each trait or aspect (just listing a few adjectives is not “A” or “B” work). Be specific and detailed in describing your findings.
c. What insights about yourself did you learn from the self-assessment for each raw materials category? What was expected and what was unexpected? Why? How did you feel about the insights of the other people you consulted? Are you coming across as having different raw materials than you think you possess? Are you portraying your raw materials as you desire? Also, what do you think about any discrepancies between the feedback that you received from other people and from the online tools?
You should have at least one paragraph for each of these three parts above (a-c) for each one of the six categories.
4. Summary & Synthesis
(a) Provide an overall summary of your raw materials and then
(b) (this is very important) synthesize the results for all the categories.
Consider the balance between the positives and the negatives. Consider how certain traits or attributes might complement or might compete with others. Consider whether certain traits (either initially seen as positive or negative) might coincide with or perhaps might conflict with your discovery of your core values. Speculate on how the synergies or lack of synergies between raw materials categories might help and/or hurt your abilities to develop your personal/professional brand and market yourself. This synthesis and summary section is a critical element in tying all of your assessment work together, and will help you drive your “marketing yourself” plans as you move forward. Be sure to put significant effort into this section.
Submit as a PDF file upload. Document should use Times New Roman 12-point font, be single-spaced (with spacing between sections and/or paragraphs as desired), use appropriate headings and subheadings for each section and page numbering. Length of assignment usually ranges between 8-14 pages.
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Liberal Arts Major
Professional Writing Minor
Raw Materials Self-Assessment
This document is a raw-materials assessment of myself. This assessment will be used to
determine general aspects of my personality and traits, my strengths, aspiring traits and strengths,
interests, beliefs and principles, and the positive and negative aspects of my personality. With these
document, I can record aspects of my person where I can then use the information to accurately access
and improve negative or lacking aspects of myself. Doing so can afford me better tactics of self-
promotion and conduct in the future.
I like to believe I’m fairly aware of my strengths, those ranging from personality traits to specific
skills and talents. I believe myself well educated with a firm grip of self and reality; I’m an artist who
fancies the fantastical (mostly); and have a strong disposition to music within my day-to-day life. While I
do prefer the calm and quite of being isolated from others, I have no problems engaging social situations
regardless of setting (workplace, school, function, etc.).
To evaluate my strengths, I used the link provided within the Assignment: Find Your Strengths.
My results are as follows:
As shown, I have a clear favor to music as part of my person. I enjoy many genres of music
ranging from Classical Orchestras (of the likes of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and many
others); to Modern Scores (John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Tomas Bergeson,
Thomas Vo, and others); and various Rock, EDM, and World genres.
Though, most of the results I do find rather accurate except that of math. According to the site I
used to generate these results, I’m not very logical, an odd assessment as I’m an engineering student. To
be fair, this is due to logic being factored as ‘math’ in the questionnaire.
My potential strengths are some which I find a bit conflicting and hard to define. Ideally, a
potential strength is an aspect of one’s self which can be improved overtime, typically through practice.
A problem I have with ‘potential strengths’ as a concept being many of mine are due to reasons which I
literally cannot affect. In fact, many of my faults are contributed directly to these reasons and/or
Some of my potential strengths include being less reserved, being more alert, being more
sensitive to others, and others as mentioned in the Faults and Bad Habits section of this report.
Regardless of the facts, most of my potential strengths are held back by a lack of descent memory, that
being a biological limitation I have no control over.
Faults and Bad Habits
As described in the previous section, many of my negatives are limited by a lack of fair memory (not
all, mind you).
Very Private and Withdrawn Insensitive Absent-minded Condescending Loathe Rules and Guidelines Second-Guess Themselves
These were results from the 16Personalities.com site upon being declared as a Logician personality type. These faults are much I struggle with on a day-to-day basis. In many cases I do tend to favor being alone as I’ve concluded many individuals to be not worth the time of associating with. Because of this, I’m very prone to being inconsiderate of their views and responses. Often when dealing with these
individuals, I tend to space-out absent-mindedly especially during long drawn conversations. Lacking proper attention to the points or view presented, I’d condescendingly disregard their efforts, regardless of any rules or implied guidelines to the setting/function/nature of the conversation. Its only after realizing that I’m being a jerk throughout the situation is when I second-guess myself and attitudes towards said individual.
Yes, I am playing to some of my strengths by demonstrating the previous paragraph (that being the writing).
However, I am aware of other faults which may be more specific to myself rather than a generalized assumption of an entire personality type. For instance, I can be abrasive even during times where it may be inappropriate; I’m only impatient when I want to be; is easily upset by simple mistakes found in big budget mediums, gets little to no sleep (this is more of a habit if anything); and some others.
Interests and Desires
After taking the Strength Assignment and the 16Personalities.com questionnaire, I’ve come to
discover some of the strengths also constitute as interests. The largest examples being the Musical and
social affiliations. I’ve heard many individuals like myself (mainly introverts and engineering students),
often listen to music throughout most of their outings; outside of classrooms, work spaces, and similar
activities and locations. In fact, I partake in music so much I’ve begun writing and composing music of
my own, delving in many genres of music I already enjoy.
For example, here is a chart of the likelihood I’d engage in a certain hobby other than music:
Likely to Engage
Music Socializing Video Games Recreational Writing Drawing Others
As shown, I enjoy music quite a lot, usually I have music playing while I engage tasks (both
hobbies and otherwise). People who often aren’t delving into music in this fashion would consider the
act of always being ‘plugged-in” to be an attempt to seclude one’s self from the world… which
admittedly for myself, isn’t an untrue assumption.
In all honesty, I’ve always had difficulties defining my personality in relation to others, so I
figured it necessary to take a personality test to gain some sort of unbiased and third-party evaluation of
self. The source I used was 16Personalities.com; in which I completed a questionnaire consisting of one
hundred questions, and upon completion I find the results rather interesting.
According to the site, my personality is rare and makes up roughly 3% of the world’s known
personality types (out of 16 apparently). This makes me feel very good as being considered ‘part of the
norm’ is something I greatly distain. Furthermore, I find the descriptions of the Logician personality type
to be intriguing for many reasons, one of which beings it’s uncanny accuracy of my person as is various
zodiac descriptions of Taurus (Greek) and Dragon (Asian/Chinese) (I’m both of these).
Core values, as described by 16Personalities.com, are those which should range widely for each
individual (as pertaining to Logician personalities) yet are values one could easily assume are consistent
between these persons. Its suggested we logicians are confident in our talents, intelligence, and abilities
to analyze and define the world around us logically. These aspects affect me both positively and
negatively, often causing me lack enthusiasm over concepts others may find appealing or forces me to
dislike medias which millions of others seem to enjoy immensely.
Furthermore, our need to analyze every bit of information causes negative social responses and
behaviors to arise. For example: Many persons in neighborhood’s community group seem to really love
the show Rick and Morty. One day, the show’s intelligence (how its portrayed and represented) was
brought up with most group members allotting positives to the series. I voiced my disposition to their
assessment and am now viewed in a negative light because of it. This wasn’t due to my needing to be
right about the judgment of the show, it was my need to disregard the opinions of others to push my
own. I care deeply for good writing in many aspects, and I expect a production company with ludicrous
financial backing to employee and implement good writers among the staff. Unfortunately, in my
opinion, many of these production companies don’t have such writers on hire, and I’m somewhat
offended when I see such poor writing in medias presented to the globe, especially with those medias
with millions of fans and viewers, exhibiting what I’d deem below a fourth-grade writing level. I’ve
written better materials for a mass viewership, for free, that were better than most writings I see in
While I could go into many aspects of my principles, I guess the most important to me is
fairness. I’ve naively wanted the world to be a fair one, a world where people who have the skills and/or
talent coupled with the effort to make their ideas tangible would be those who’d get the corresponding
opportunities. While this may be a delusional belief to some, it’s one I held for quite some time as it
does give me some inkling of hope.
SYNTHESIS AND SUMMARY
In summary, I seem to have a rare personality which is highly desired within my field of study,
that being engineering. This coupled with a willingness and enthusiasm to learn new information, a need
to analyze new perspectives and ideas, and a skill and talent set to imagine and create new and
fantastical worlds makes me someone whose primed to make great strides in my education and career.
Despite all this, I still have substantial traits and behaviors which need refinement.
MAR4354 Students, this is a general “good” example of a
Raw Assessment. You will notice that several items have
been blocked out by blue rectangles- you don’t need to
review the whole student’s paper to get an idea of how you
should tackle your own personal (and original) assessment.
A summary provides a highlight of important points
demonstrating an understanding of the overall meaning of a
document (basically a recap). A synthesis addresses some
important points, but may also include details as you draw
conclusions. It may combine and contrast data from
different resources. It relays understanding, but also
provides a new perspective. What does it mean? Why are
these findings important to you? This section should be
approximately 2-3 paragraphs.
The Synthesis and Summary provided below is an excellent example from another previous student.
Notice this Panther reintroduces a subject from earlier in the Raw Materials Assessment, such as
results from the personality test, and explains why this is important moving forward in their career.
This writing also explains how the different assessment categories interact with one another. This
section of your assignment should include BOTH components of summary and synthesis.
III. SYNTHESIS AND SUMMARY In summary, by determining my own personal raw materials, I have provided an
opportunity to begin developing my personal brand. My ENFJ-T personality established I am a
natural-born leader given my optimistic, resourceful, and charismatic attributes. My social and
logic/math intelligence provides me with the ability to learn from others and think critically.
Although I have many faults, my strengths and desires have the potential the overcome them. My
core values of enthusiasm, kindness, growth, and adventure serve to guide me through life and
help me grow.
With an understanding of my raw materials, it is important to synthesize the results to
draw conclusions and provide a new perspective. With an ENFJ-T personality type, Judging as
my Tactical attribute indicates that I am decisive, but this contradicts the Protagonist personality
trait of struggling to make decisions. To explain this contradiction, the former refers to work,
planning, and decision making in a professional environment, while the latter reflects the social
repercussions of decision making. Those with a Protagonist personality are natural born leaders
who communicate effectively in front of an audience, which serves as motivation to develop my
potential strength of public speaking.
My fear of confrontation regarding interpersonal conflicts is a fault that conflicts with my
charisma. My openness and warmth cause people to be attracted to me, only to be let down by
my inability to confront personal conflicts. By letting people down, I go against my core value of
kindness, for I am not being considerate to the other person. This also poses a threat to my
potential strength of communication.
My core value of Enthusiasm / Positive Attitude can be further developed by my strength
of optimism. If I am able to hold a firm belief for the success of my desired outcome, this core
value will help to achieve my goals. However, this can be inhibited by my faults of fluctuating
self-esteem and being too sensitive. In the situation where my desired outcome was not achieved,
it will negatively impact my self-esteem which will have an impact on my attitude. Harsh
criticism could also affect my attitude due to my sensitivity, but this can turn into an opportunity
to better myself through innovation.
My core value of Growth / Continuous Learning is in line with many of my strengths,
such as curiosity and innovation. These strengths will enable me to generate new ideas and
develop new interests as I develop this core value. This core value is also demonstrated in the
identity aspect and the energy aspect of the personality assessment – I am a turbulent individual
who is success-driven and eager to improve, as well as an intuitive individual who is
imaginative, open-minded, and curious. The synergy between the core value, strengths, and
personality traits serves as a perfect framework to develop my personal brand as I move towards
building the “product you.”
Always consider your audience when creating products or assignments and with this, make
them attractive and apply your best work. Here is an excerpt from another student’s work that
shows how you can elevate the traditional essay format.
Your Top 5 Strengths Are:
* Make efforts to discover your true passion and tie it to your work, no matter what you do. * Align, but don’t compromise, your values to that of your organization. * You respect others for learning about your family and community – give them the opportunity. * You give more value to greater levels of service than more money – let others know this. * People may not share your beliefs, but you feel they need to understand & respect – let them.
Self Motivation (94%):
* You don’t need your hand-held; help others understand you need space to make meaningful decisions. * Seek to take on a role where persistence is essential to success. * Continually take on roles that demand an aura of certainty and stability. * You have a strong self-concept that you are an agent of action – nurture it. * You are most effective when you feel you are in control of your world – be aware and help others understand this. * You need clear feedback to develop your instincts – review your failures and successes for lessons learned.
* Schedule some real time to develop communication strengths and skills – take a training class / read books! * Try to attend events where prospects or customers are to be entertained. * Seek to capture and learn company folklore and stories – be the company culture point of contact. * Plan and take time to hear about the life and experiences of others. * Plan to participate, organize, and encourage company social events. * Volunteer to help others make more engaging presentations. * Take advanced public speaking training; the novice classes will upset you.
* You identify with your ability to keep your commitments – stick to your programs! * Stay off teams that have slackers on board as they will sap your energy. * Do not be forced to rush and sacrifice quality – you value quality first. Help others understand. * You are a self-starter and require little supervision – be sure your supervisors know this. * You excel in positions that require unimpeachable ethics – seek them out. * Continue to ask yourself what new responsibilities you want to assume. * Protect yourself from taking on too much – build up self-discipline and the ability to say ‘no’! * Be careful about moving to management – you may prefer to do it yourself and be overwhelmed.
Strategic Thinking (88%):
* Be on the leading edge of your organization, groups, and strategic plans. * Be involved in organizational planning and risk management efforts. * Always give yourself plenty of time to think through a situation. * Read books, take a training course, or attend a seminar in strategic planning and futurism. * Seek chances to share your ideas in writing and presentations. * Seek solutions that worked in other places, learn from them, and try to apply them to your life and work.
Your Remaining Results Are:
Resourcefulness (81%): Curiosity (81%): Teamwork (81%): Innovation (81%): Leadership (75%): Balance (75%): Focus (75%): Visionary (69%): Problem Solving (69%): Optimism (69%): Ambition (69%): Purpose (63%): Risk Taking (63%): Salesmanship (63%): Adaptability (63%):
Your Bottom 1 Weakness Is:
Determination (50%): * Constantly be on the lookout for new goals and improvements. * You’re good at initiating and organizing a project, start your own and help others. * Get feedback from people as others’ expectations will energize you. * Actively participate in helping a bogged down team into action. * When down, think of new improvements to do tomorrow – stay on track. * Be careful of those who really want to project and analyze – they are a non-fit for your work style!
Your top three intelligences: http://www.literacynet.org/mi/assessment/findyourstrengths.html
|Intelligence||Score (5.0 is highest)||Description|
|4.43||Musical: You like the rhythm and sound of language. You like poems, songs, and jingles. You enjoy humming or singing along with music. You probably remember things well when they are associated with music or rhythm. Try to incorporate sounds into your lessons, such as using a familiar tune, song, or rap beat to teach spelling rules, or to remember words in a series for a test. Here are some other ways to use your musical intelligence:· Create a poem with an emphasis on certain sounds for pronunciation. · Clap out or walk out the sounds of syllables. · Read together (choral reading) to work on fluency and intonation.· Read a story with great emotion — sad, then happy, then angry. Talk about what changes — is it only tone? · Work with words that sound like what they mean (onomatopoeia). For example: sizzle, cuckoo, smash. · Read lyrics to music. · Use music as background while reviewing and for helping to remember new material. · Use rhymes to remember spelling rules, i.e., “I before E except after C.”|
|3.57||Self: You have a very good sense of self. You like to spend time by yourself and think things over. You will often take in information from another person, mull it over by yourself, and come back to that person later to discuss it. You like working on projects on your own. You often prefer to learn by trial and error. Effective techniques to enhance your learning include keeping a journal and giving yourself time to reflect on new ideas and information. More ideas:· Go on “guided imagery” tours. · Set aside time to reflect on new ideas and information. · Encourage journal writing. · Work on the computer. · Practice breathing for relaxation. · Use brainstorming methods before reading. · Listen to and read “how to” tapes and books. · Read cookbooks.|
|3.43||Social: You like to develop ideas and learn from other people. You like to talk. You have good social skills. Effective techniques of enhancing your learning using your social intelligence include taking part in group discussions or discussing a topic one-to-one with another person. Find ways to build reading and writing exercises into your group activities, such as:· Reading a dialogue or a play with other people· Doing team learning/investigating projects· Setting up interview questions and interviewing your family, and writing down the interview· Writing notes to another instead of talking.|
The scores for your other five intelligences:
Jst because these five are not in your top three doesn’t mean you’re not strong in them. If your average score for any intelligence is above three, you’re probably using that intelligence quite often to help you learn. Take a look at the Practice section to see how to engage all your intelligences.
http://www.viacharacter.org/www/The – Survey
YOUR SIGNATURE STRENGTHS1
Being aware of the motives/feelings of others and oneself; knowing what to do to fit into different social situations; knowing what makes other people tick.
SHOW ALL YOUR STRENGTHS
YOUR MIDDLE STRENGTHS
Love of Learning
YOUR LESSER STRENGTHS
Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence