Four tips for assessing your personality to fit your career fit
People often talk about the hassle of job hunting. Job hunting is a hassle because you may not know why you should be looking. This usually happens in two instances-if you are starting your career or if you have had many jobs that do not feel right. A personality assessment can help you find the correct career fit for you. However, notice four things to know before assessing your personality.
Ask people who know you well
This especially applies if you are inexperienced or do not have a solid employment history. Asking a handful of close friends or family what they think you excel at may get you pointed in the right direction. It is easy to take a personality test. In addition, one needs outside input for the answers to be valid. Others can be helpful when trying to see trends and patterns in your work history and/or what fits you the best.
Do not follow passion alone
People focus on their passion and impact their work will have. This should be part of the analysis. Another part of the analysis is fitness for the career. Passion, personality, preferences, and principles should be included in the mix. To do this, take self-assessment tests such as the Myers-Briggs test. The goal is to determine your leadership personality. Another way to determine fitness is to accept an intern role or shadow others to determine fitness for a job.
Because job fit is the main reason people excel career-wise, one needs to determine the jobs that best fit him/her. Use an assessment that is valid. You can learn about your thinking style, occupational interest, and core behavioural traits. Remember to use a valid assessment, and not one that shows how you want to be seen. Self-awareness is key to deciding between a career and a construction job. Knowledge, skills, and abilities need considering with your core values to be meaningful.
Ask yourself honest questions
Asking yourself questions can help, on your own or with a career coach. Questions like what do I want from a career, and in what areas do I excel? Am I an innovator? Do I work better with the familiar? Do I want to manage people?
Since a career can be a major part of your life, spending time to “get it right” makes sense. Otherwise, you may spend most of your career being unhappy and dissatisfied, bouncing from job to job.
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