What is Your CDP Superpower?
By Maureen McCann.
Career Development Professionals have a CDP Superpower!
Superpower (noun): an exceptional or extraordinary power or ability. Oxford Dictionaries
Last year, while working on the Canada Career Month project with Kamee Gilmore, we reached out to Canadian career practitioners in private practice and asked them to share a little bit about themselves and the price of their résumé services.
At the end of each interview, I added a question of my own. This was not part of the research we were doing; I was just curious. Here were a group of people talented at drawing out the best skills, personality traits, and accomplishments from their clients. I was curious to know if they ever thought about these things relative to themselves. So, I decided to turn the tables on them, and you know what? Every one of them was ready with an answer! Talk about practicing what you preach.
I asked, “What is your CDP superpower?”
Most giggled at the question and the way that I asked it, but then quickly gave me an answer. I was surprised by that! Either these folks were quick on their feet, or they had each done the necessary self-reflection and self-assessment to come to their own conclusion about the superpower they offer the world.
I was so impressed with the responses I got that I tucked them away to read again and again for inspiration. This got me thinking; if reading these answers inspired me, maybe they would inspire you, too. And, since I am a member of the Career Professionals of Canada Communications team, I thought I’d take the opportunity to reach out and share this content with other CPC members.
Here’s what these career professionals had to say about their superpowers:
“Hustle. I keep asking until I get a clear picture. I am tenacious about collecting information. I care about my clients.”
“Structure. I can see strategy. I like to take a step back to identify what makes a client stand out.”
“The written word. I love to write. I love to say it in a different way… an evocative way.”
“Intuition. I already know the answers based on the emotional well-being of the client. I know what people want.”
“Labour Market Information (LMI). I have a deep understanding of LMI and where people fit.”
“…to empower others to tell their story authentically.”
Me (Maureen McCann)
“Truth. I challenge people to challenge their own thinking (by asking questions like “What is your superpower?”), and I help them strive toward their own goals.”
Knowing a little bit about each of these career professionals, I can tell you that each superpower is authentic and accurate to the individual. What I mean by this is that each answer aligns with what I know to be true about that person – it’s how the person shows up in the world.
These are the superpowers of the career professionals I interviewed last year. I would love to know more about you and your superpowers.
Allow me to ask, “What is your CDP Superpower?” Add your answer in the comments below!