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Personality and Career Choice

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Jessica Nevitt

on 29 January 2015

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Personality & Success
What do you see?
Not Strengths/Weaknesses
Simply guidelines for finding your niche
Right handedness/left handedness
How are the results used?
Employers use them to build teams, enhance natural preferences.
You can use them to:
Evaluate how well a position or task "fits" your preferences.
Understand your team members and clients.
Network effectively.
Get promoted faster.
% in general population
Who are you?
Are energized by being with other people
Like being center of attention
Act, then think
Tend to think out loud
Easier to "read" and know
Share personal information freely
Talk more than listen
Communicate with enthusiasm
Respond quickly
Enjoy a fast pace
Prefer breadth to depth
Are energized by spending time alone
Avoid being center of attention
Think, then act
Think things through in their heads
Are more private
Share personal information with those they know well
Listen more than talk
Keep their enthusiasm to themselves
Respond after taking time to think things through
Enjoy a slower pace
Prefer depth to breadth
Trust what is certain and concrete
Like new ideas only if they have practical application
Like realism and common sense
Like to use and hone established skills
Tend to be specific and literal
Give detailed descriptions
Present information in step by step manner
Are oriented to the present
Trust inspiration and inference
Like new ideas and concepts for their own sake
Value imagination and innovation
Like to learn new skills, get bored easily after mastering skills
Tend to be general and figurative
Use metaphors and analogies
Present information through leaps, in a roundabout manner
Are oriented toward the future
How do you get your energy?
How do you take in information?
How do you make decisions?
Step back, apply impersonal analysis to problems
Value logic, justice, and fairness, one standard for all
Naturally see flaws and tend to be critical
May be seen as insensitive
Consider it more important to be truthful than tactful
Step forward, consider effect of actions on others
Value empathy and harmony
See the exceptions to the rules
Naturally like to please others; show appreciation easily
May be seen as illogical
Consider it important to be tactful as well as truthful
How do you prefer to structure your life?
Are happiest after decisions have been made
Have a "work ethic": work first, play later
Set goals and work toward achieving them on time
Are product oriented (emphasis on completing the task)
Derive satisfaction from finishing projects
See time as a finite resource and take deadlines seriously
Are happiest leaving their options open
Have a "play ethic": enjoy now, finish the job later
Change goals as new information becomes available
Like adapting to new situations
Are process oriented (emphasis is on how the task is completed)
Derive satisfaction from starting projects
See time as a renewable resource and see deadlines as elastic
Finding a position that highlights your preferences will have these side effects:
You will be happier and therefore, more productive
Work will not feel like work
Advancement opportunities will come easier and perhaps more quickly
Enjoy performing work that allows them to use personally relevant data in a practical and useful way.
Like to be active, using their senses
Enjoy talking about and acting on their observations
Process is more important than end result
Need to work in environment that makes use of their gift for seeing inner meanings, implications, and possibilities.
Also need to have a way to express their perceptions.
Love possibilities, and need to be free to pursue as many options as they can.
Need to express their ideas or make them real through speeches, presentations, writing.
Must believe in what they do.
Enjoy helping others.
Derive great satisfaction from pleasing others and receiving their approval.
Need to work in harmonious environment, free from interpersonal tension.
Want to understand and make sense of the world
Need work which allows them to make analyses in the most logical way possible.
Need to be in charge
Happiest when they can use their skills to organize others to behave in the most logical and efficient way.

Extraverts naturally enjoy networking, should do it on a wide scale
Introverts: target people you know and work from there.
Where do I start?
Sensors tend to network with people in defined scope
Intuitives go far and wide to network, even to those who
are seemingly unrelated to their field of interest

Feelers like to establish warm rapport when networking
Thinkers are more objective and detached in their style

Judgers tend to ask fewer and more structured questions while networking
Perceivers ask questions of all sorts
tailored to Personality Style
Networking Strategies
Knowing your preferences
Allows you to:
Highlight your strengths
Identify if a position is right for you
Network effectively
Achieve greater success

Don't try to squeeze yourself into a mold that isn't "you"...you will be more successful if you understand your unique personality BEFORE the job search.
4 Keirsey Temperaments:

(30-35% of population)
are tactical, best at making free moves that get quick results, improvising in the moment to promote enterprises, to handle emergencies, and to help people have fun along the way.

are logistical, best at administering goods & services carefully scheduling times, places, and personnel for regular tasks, and reliably supporting and protecting people and property.

are diplomatic, best at guiding people in their personal development, and at nurturing good relations, health, and high morale in their families, among their colleagues, and in the work force.
Rationals (8-10%)
are strategic, best at envisioning an organization’s future, directing research and development, and organizing the design and construction of evolving projects.
It is possible to leverage your
unique personality characteristics
to have greater career success...
The Keirsey Assessment, similar to the MBTI, is a great place to start.
Knowing your personality type gives you an advantage in:
job search
career path decision-making
understanding your clients, boss, and coworkers
For next week:
Lab: Interviewing
Bring printed Elevator Speech (25 points)
Deliverable this Sunday:
Final Resume

Please show me/turn in your Keirsey
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