The largest student affairs job placement fair -- The Placement Exchange , takes place in Philadelphia this week. More than one thousand potential candidates will break out their interview suits and engage with scores of higher education institutions looking to hire the best and brightest in the student affairs profession. The Placement Exchange (TPE) is a multi-association collaboration between NASPA, ACUHO-I, NACA, NODA, ASCA, and AFA. Since 2006, TPE has been one of the most popular placement programs for second-year student affairs grad students as well as for current professionals who are looking for a new position within the field. TPE occurs during the week prior to the NASPA Annual Conference.
One of the innovative aspects of TPE is the inclusion of the StrengthsQuest  assessment for candidates and for employers. Registered attendees were given access to the StrengthsQuest assessment. The assessment is a great way for both candidates and employers to find out about what they do best. StrengthsQuest gives student affairs professionals valuable insights  that will benefit both candidates and employers. According to Gallup, "employees who have the opportunity to use their strengths are six times as likely to be engaged in their work and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life than employees who don't get to focus on what they do best." In short, StrengthsQuest helps professionals match their talents to a position that fits their top abilities.
In addition to having access to their StrengthsQuest assessment results, TPE members have had the opportunity to attend a series of webinars that increase their fluency with their strengths. Topics have included: an introduction to StrengthsQuest, how to apply one's strengths, and a focused session on using strengths on the job.
There will be at least 3 strength-based sessions at this year's 2011 NASPA Annual Conference:
- Strengths Development: A Key to Self-Awareness and a Bright Future  - facilitated by Mark Pogue , Vice President, Gallup.
- Strength-based Education and the Social Change Model of Leadership 
- Leadership StrengthsQuest: Leading With Strengths 
My strengths : Strategic, Ideation, Maximizer, Individualization, and Intellection. What are your strengths? How do you use them in your professional practice?
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