How to Find the Best Job or Career for Your Personality
As a child, my teachers often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
The standard career choices recited by many school-aged children were: Doctor. Lawyer. Fireman. Teacher. Nurse. ( I was born in 1970; long before Hip Hop Mogul, Blogger, Internet Entrepreneur, Momanager, Hillary for President and other 21st century career choices were available.)
Like most of my peers, I picked a job based upon my aspiration and not my abilities. With a solid 15 years in the career coaching game, I have learned 3 valuable tips that can help anyone find the best job for their personality.
Look to your childhood for clues about your innate talents, future career and personality
I was a shy child who preferred books to Barbies. I used my crayola crayons to color neatly within the lines; loved oil painting and participated in plays and musical theater. Every childhood oratory and writing contest I entered, I won.
As the inquisitive motor mouth who asked my mother a million questions about politics, theater, music and fashion, you would think that a career in writing or the arts would be the obvious choice for me. Guess what? I decided to become a physician.
My memory was outstanding and my aptitude for science was amazing. Couldn’t stand the sight of blood, but I boldly chose medicine for the stability, prestige and the money. Instead of pursuing neurosurgery, I should have nurtured my inner Maya Angelou, Alice Walker or Joan Didion.
Finding the best job for your personality leads to happiness
A proper match between your job and your personality plays a major role in ensuring job satisfaction. Even as a successful recruiter, I struggled with certain aspects of recruiting. As an introvert, the constant interviewing was emotionally draining and the stress of battling competitive salespeople vexed my peacemaking nature.
When the dotcom bubble burst and I found myself on layoff island, I decided to find the best job for my personality type.
Take a personality assessment test to find your career bliss
Large corporations often use personality assessment to predict future employee performance. Personality tests match people to career interests and often measure productivity, job preferences and natural talents. Test results given should not be considered absolute. Considering other factors: education, passion and income goals are equally important.
For my job transition, I used a free online test at Assessment.com to decide my ideal career path. Click here to (Take the FREE MAPP Assessment.) Use these resources to help kick-start your personality-based career:
- Career Key :The Career Key™ gives you professional help you in choosing a career, making a career change, and choosing a college major or training program. The Career Key test measures the strength of your six Holland personality types. (fee $9.95)
- Keirsey Temperament Sorter: The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II® (KTS®-II) is a powerful 70-question personality instrument that has been used by more than 35 million people in over 120 countries since it was first published in 1978. (fee)
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): A personality questionnaire designed to identify certain psychological differences according to the typological theories of Carl Gustav Jung as published in his 1921 book Psychological Types . (fee)
- Ipersonic Personality Test: Get personalized career and life advice with the Ipersonic Personality test. This quiz estimate your personal interests and provides accurate and immediate results. It takes about five minutes to complete. Take the free personality test! (free!)
If you could draw like Michelangelo or dance like Bob Fosse at the age of 5; reconnect with the talent of you childhood.
If you so wish, adjust your career choice accordingly.
I finally released my inner freelance writer at the age of 37. I’ve never been happier or more fulfilled.
If I can find the best job for my personality, without persecuting myself for time wasted, you can too.