New Year, New You, New Job?
Understanding Your Personality Type Can Guide You to the Job of Your Dreams
Happy New Year! 2016 is officially here and many people are preparing to make big changes in their lives. While starting an exercise regimen, eating healthier and becoming more organized are common resolutions, according to a survey by CareerBuilder, 23 percent of workers between the ages of 18-34 list finding a new job as their New Year’s resolution.
Your Personality Type Can Reveal A Lot About Your Strengths, Weaknesses and Motivations
If you’re looking to make a change in your life by seeking out new employment opportunities, it’s important to make sure the position you’re considering is right for you. When you find a job that aligns with your personality, you stop looking at work as a chore and see it more as an opportunity to practice your natural skills and talents.
Studies have been conducted to determine strengths and weaknesses of different personality types and which careers will leave them feeling fulfilled. Research from these studies has been used to develop and improve personality tests, which aim to help people better understand how their personality characteristics influence their thoughts and behavior. One of the most commonly used personality tests is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MTBI), which classifies your personality type using a four-letter acronym.
Discover What Jobs Will Fit Your Personality the Best
While there are paid tests that a offer a more in-depth and comprehensive personality analysis, a number of free tests can be found online! These are a good starting point for discovering your personality type and will give you ideas for further exploration.
16personalities.com is a free online personality test that uses the Myers-Briggs theory to deliver an in-depth analysis of your personality type including strengths, weaknesses, relationship styles and work preferences. You can take the test here – it contains a series of short questions about your natural preferences and tendencies. Your result will be one of the 16 possible personality types, which are grouped into four broad categories based on their similar characteristics. These four categories – Analysts, Diplomats, Sentinels and Explorers – are detailed below with brief descriptions from 16personalities.com.
We encourage you to take about 20 minutes to thoughtfully complete the test to ensure you receive the most accurate results and valuable insights. When you’re answering the questions, pick the answer that comes most naturally or that depicts what you do most of the time. After you discover which jobs could be a great fit for you, learn more about average job satisfaction, income and preferred work style for your personality type from this study by Truity Psychometrics.
It is important to note that even with research supporting personality theory, not everyone will fit into one type perfectly and you may find satisfaction in jobs that fall outside of what is suggested for your type. We encourage you to read through multiple personality descriptions and sources to find your best-fit type, verify your results and gain a thorough perspective.
Can You Predict Which Category Your Personality Type Falls Into?
“[Analysts] embrace rationality and impartiality, excelling in intellectual debates and scientific or technological fields. They are fiercely independent, open-minded, strong-willed and imaginative, approaching many things from a utilitarian perspective and being far more interested in what works than what satisfies everybody. These traits make Analysts excellent strategic thinkers.”
Possible careers: Computer programmer, software developer, financial analyst, entrepreneur
“Diplomats focus on empathy and cooperation, shining in diplomacy and counseling. People belonging to this type group are cooperative and imaginative, often playing the role of harmonizers in their workplace or social circles. These traits make Diplomats warm, empathic and influential individuals.”
Possible careers: Writer, sales associate, customer relations specialist, social worker
“Sentinels are cooperative and highly practical, embracing and creating order, security and stability wherever they go. People belonging to one of these types tend to be hard working, meticulous and traditional, and excel in logistical or administrative fields, especially those that rely on clear hierarchies and rules.”
Possible careers: Accountant, web developer, project manager, customer service representative
“Explorers are utilitarian and practical, shining in situations that require quick reaction and ability to think on your feet. They are masters of tools and techniques, using them in many different ways – ranging from mastering physical tools to convincing other people. Unsurprisingly, these personality types are irreplaceable in crises, crafts and sales.”
Possible careers: Sports coach, landscaper, storekeeper, child welfare agent
Did one category describe your personality better than the others? Confirm it by taking the test and, once you receive your results, pay special attention to the “career paths” and “workplace habits” sections. Reading through these will give you valuable insight into which careers you’re most likely to excel at and enjoy. You will also learn which traits make you a valuable asset in the workplace and in which areas you can improve. We hope these insights help you throughout the job search process and on your path to success!
We want to know how you feel about your results – do you think the description you received is an accurate reflection of your personality? To cross-check your results or learn more about personality types, here are a few other well-known sources: Personality Page, Human Metrics, Personality Hacker and Truity.