Life is about playing to our strengths, about putting our best foot forward, and improving on our weaknesses. Sounds great on paper, but how do we always know what our innate strengths even are? Or what may be a weakness that people are either too shy or too afraid to tell us? As human beings, we often rely on others – our partners, family or colleagues – to tell us who and how we are, but isn’t it better if we know that about ourselves? And wouldn’t it be nice if we knew that sooner rather than later, so we could avoid wasting time on our career path? Life is short, after all.
Knowing our Zodiac sign’s astrological strengths and weaknesses, especially in a professional setting, can give us an edge over the others, and when we know how to use these zodiac qualities to our best advantage, in order to get what we really, really want – well, why not? We won’t have to connive, manipulate or be inauthentic when we are true to ourselves through our astrology traits.
Read on to find out how you can answer those always-asked questions in an interview for the job you want: “what is your greatest strength?” (erm...confused pause whilst we scramble our brains for that thing mom told us when we were six while we were helping her pack away the dishes) – “oh, I’m very helpful…I think.”
Truth be told, most of us know our core selves, but sometimes all we need is a bit of affirmation before we gravitate to our true professional calling and this is where the zodiac can help:
ARIES PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Aries dates: March 20 - April 19)
The best quality you can use to get the job you want for your zodiac sign, Aries, is that immense self-confidence. Even if you have no idea how to do the thing that the job wants you to do, you say you can anyway – you believe in yourself so strongly that you’ll no doubt accomplish the thing. Also, you love a challenge, so tell the boss that, because you really, really do. Tell them to put you in the firing line and lead the pack, and that you’ll give them glory. And for heaven’s sake, don’t bring up your impatience or tendency to get bored easily, or how you can’t be led. Rather wax poetic on your leadership qualities, how fast you get things done and how much you love variety.
TAURUS PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Taurus dates: April 20 - May 20)
According to the zodiac, the best things about you, Taurus, is your sheer staying power, strong-will and capacity for hard work. When applying for a job – rare, since you seldom leave the job you’re currently in (must have been a disaster for you to finally quit) – embellish your committed personality and shine a light on how consistent and stable you are. There’s no drama in your life, so you’ll never bring that to work (bosses love no drama), and you’ll be the most steadfast employee they’ve ever had – and that is the truth. Polish your weaknesses – meaning your stubbornness and refusal to budge on anything – as an ability to be incredibly determined and enduring even in the face of chaos, change or crisis. Besides you’ll be looking so on fleek that you may not have to do much talking anyway.
GEMINI PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Gemini dates: May 21 - June 20)
When you apply for your 45th job in 2 weeks (okay, slight exaggeration, but you get the drift - your astrology sign is well known for constantly changing), Gemini, make sure you let your prospective boss know that you can do anything. Like, anything. You learn so quickly that they’ll have to keep throwing things at you. Explain that how, in a world where money is short and the recession is real, you are able to be the manager, the secretary, the marketing and salesperson, the product designer and the copywriter – all at once, No problem. Let them know how clever you are, how fast you learn and how much you love to talk, how adaptable you are and how you’ll always be flexible. Tell them you’re a multi-potentialite, making your fickle, flighty unreliability a massive asset to them.
CANCER PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Cancer dates: June 21 - July 21)
When your astrology sign actually ventures out of home to get a (puke) job, you’ll have to first make sure you’re in the right mood for it. You can’t very well go for an interview when you’re feeling out of sorts, can you, Cancer? In the right mood, you’ll shine, and you can show how your nurturing qualities are sorely needed at their establishment. You’ll make your coworkers tea, and you’ll always put your entire heart and soul into your work – make sure they know that. Share how your colleagues are your family, and how much you are willing to give. Gloss over the part about how you’re only doing this because humans can’t survive without money and how you’d prefer to stay at home and bake.
LEO PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Leo dates: July 22 - August 22)
Leo, your zodiac sign seldom actually has to apply for a job – you’re often the one giving the interview, aren’t you? If you’re not there yet (and you will get there, don’t worry – everything you do is on fleek, and the world just has to catch up), blow their minds by first showing how gorgeous you are. Appearances really do count, and no one looks quite as good as you in a suit, Leo (or whatever you need to wear to the casting). Don’t be shy to tell them how good you’d be in a management position, or as the star of the show. Do try and do this with a sense of humility – at least until you get the job. Then you can boss your coworkers around.
VIRGO PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Virgo dates: August 23 - September 22)
People would be insane not to hire your zodiac sign. As a Virgo, you really are “always right”, no matter how salty others are about it. You won’t have to do much here, as your resume will be so well put together that offers will come flying at you. It’s clear what a detail-oriented, hard working workaholic you are. How professional, how organized, how your to-do lists should win awards. Just be careful not to start giving your new boss advice too soon on how they should actually run the company, and what needs improvement, what is flawed etc… Rather, turn that critical quality into the age-old line of “my greatest weakness is my perfectionism”. For you, this is actually true.
LIBRA PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Libra dates: September 23 - October 22)
Your beauty will get you the job Libra – your zodiac sign is known as the most beautiful, after all. You’ll either just have to sit there looking good, or turn that flirt onto high, and bam! Job in the bag and your career path set. Tell them your greatest strength is to consider all options before making a decision (thus covering up the irritatingly long time you take to get to a decision) and how much you just love people. You’re totally a people pleaser but frame it in a way that comes across as being the ultimate diplomat and the negotiator. Their clients will dig you and they’ll make loads of cash just because you’re so charming.
SCORPIO PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Scorpio dates: October 23 - November 21)
You’ll really have to try and not intimidate your new boss, Scorpio. You may not always know it, but your zodiac sign can come across as slightly terrifying or just really intense. They’ll never know until they hire you, will they? You’ll basically manipulate them into giving you the job anyway, so the interview is just for show. Downplay your ambitious traits, unless it’s for a top dog role, in which case let your full colors show, and demonstrate how powerful, charismatic and effective you can be, how you dive into all your tasks with dedication and intensity, and how consistent your astrology sign is. Don’t tell them about how, in your last job, you ended up in a power battle with the CEO and had to leave because they were threatened by you.
SAGITTARIUS PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Sagittarius dates: November 22 - December 20)
You’re getting a job, Sagittarius? That’s a big step. Your astrology sign is not all that well known for going to interviews and putting on a suit for “the man”, much less giving up your carefree lifestyle. Oh wait, you’re applying to be a travel agent, a flight attendant or a festival organizer? That’s different. Tell them how independent you are, how you are happy to leave the country at the drop of a hat and how much fun you are as an employee – like, the most fun. Share that your greatest strength is your open mindedness and no-filter honesty. Above all, do try and be tactful, Sagittarius, and try and avoid telling your prospective boss off in a fit of impatient righteousness.
CAPRICORN PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Capricorn dates: December 21 - January 19)
Okay, so you must be applying for that position just below God. Or else you’re a young Capricorn not yet in your full professional power. Your zodiac sign is the most well-known for its ambition and career savvy, so either you’re downplaying yourself, or you need to realize just how capable you are. Your new “boss” will see that right away, and the worst that can happen is that they don’t hire you because they know how good you’ll be and how fast you’ll rise. Don’t hesitate to share how responsible, structured and authoritative you are. Actually, just be yourself, Capricorn. You’ll get the job, so it’s just a question of whether it’s the right one where you won’t hit your head on the ceiling on your way up.
AQUARIUS PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Aquarius dates: January 20 - February 17)
So, you want to work for Google? Or PlayStation? Or perhaps you’ve decided to teach robotics? Whatever weird, scientific or tech profession you’re heading into, make sure your boss knows just how unique your zodiac sign is, Aquarius. You can think outside the box – like, way, way out the box. Don’t show how left field you are just yet; they may see you’re an alien and you can’t be sure whether you can trust them yet. Simply tell them how inventive you are, how original and how great you a team player you are. Demonstrate your friendliness and rationality, how hella intelligent you are. Avoid disagreeing with their opinions for now, you know you’re right and you can tell them once you actually have the job.
PISCES PROFESSIONAL TRAITS (Pisces dates: February 18 - March 19)
Jobs are for mere mortals, Pisces, so make sure you’re applying for your calling, and not just doing this because you’re confused and not entirely sure what it is you want. And try not to show that confusion in an interview. Instead, use your intuition to sense what they want you to say, and say it – it’ll be remarkable how quickly they take to you. Explain how creative you are, how you can adapt to any situation and learn anything. And best of all, wax poetic about how all you want to do is help everyone around and how willing you are to go out of your way to do this. Just avoid the hard questions about your weaknesses, and if cornered, look mildly befuddled and perhaps say that you’re too compassionate sometimes.