Seeking a career is not altogether different than seeking a mate, because you are going to hang out a lot together. Your compatibility is going to make or break the deal, and you are either going to feel content and happy, or out of sorts. A compatible job includes satisfaction, passion and having something to look forward to everyday.
The questions you must ask yourself about what you want out of a job, are the same questions you must ask yourself about what you want out of life. After all, we spend a large percentage of our day life working, so finding the right match is imperative. Your career in many ways defines who you are. You take your character and values with you to the job site, but your profession also builds many aspects of your character and values which you carry into the future.
What is your particular personality?
Are you extroverted (outgoing), or are you introverted (shy, quiet)? Do you enjoy being around people, or do you appreciate being by yourself more? Do you have the ability to deal diplomatically with people, or does dealing with client issue’s leave you feeling edgy and uptight?
Individuals with creative personalities are more open to a wide range of experiences, and are appreciative of creative expression, whereas conventional individuals relate better to familiar and factual information.
Are you trusting, or are you skeptical? Skeptics are fair, competitive, objective and independent. Trusting individuals are considerate, generous and helpful; as well they tend to be less competitive than their skeptical counterparts.
Do you find pleasure in being organized, and do you like to follow schedules? Are you goal-oriented and methodical? Or are you easygoing and casual, not just preferring but actually finding joy in spur of the moment plans and activities?
There are many different kinds of people and personalities, and that is good because there are many different kinds of jobs and careers also. A calm and optimistic individual that does not get upset easy will be happier if they are matched in a job where they can be the glue that holds it together on a tough day; whereas a tense individual might fall apart in similar situations.
It is not only imperative to you, and the happiness for your life, but also essential that the business owner find the right match for the particular job that is on the table. A happy employee will hang around longer, and a happy employer will keep you around forever! This is why it is essential that you find your match. Who wants to spend eight hours a day in misery? A bad job match is strikingly similar to a bad marriage.
Most people’s personalities don’t completely fall on one side of the spectrum, for instance an extroverted person might enjoy being around other people, but that doesn’t mean they never have a quiet moment. A naturally skeptical person might be trusting towards certain individuals, whereas a trusting person might become more skeptical after they’ve been lied to a number of times.
The purpose of understanding your own personality is to determine where you best fit in the world of work. An extroverted person might seek a job in sales management, advertising or public relations. An introverted person might feel comfortable in a “behind the scenes” job, like working in a library for instance.
Of course personality is just a part of the whole job search, because the job satisfaction equation is important too. Skill level is an important aspect to finding the job which you will find satisfaction. You might be happy working as an interpreter IF you had the skill, but unless you know how to speak french it won’t do you any good. So, taking a natural assessment of your skills, and then adding the training will secure the position!
The different kinds of skills are:
*Technical – A technical skill must be learned, like computer programming and American sign language.
*Motivated – This is an aptitude, which is something you are born with, but can be enhanced upon with special learning programs.
*Specific knowledge – Detailed understanding of a topic, such as Spanish literature or geology for instance.
Some of these skills are transferable, meaning that the skill will be beneficial in more than one job capacity. For instance if you work as a customer service representative you will learn to talk clearly on the phone, listening, problem solving, empathy and diplomacy. Then, if for some reason you decide to go in a different direction, these same skills can be used anywhere for any job. People skills are probably the most important skills to learn for any chosen profession.
The next item on the list is assessing your interests: What are your particular interests? How do you determine an interest? Just think passion! What engages your attention for hours? What motivates you? What gives meaning to your life? What infuriates you? What are your values?
Some of the interests include:
*Realistic/practical, people with these interests enjoy working with their hands and they like physical activity. They like practical things like sewing or mechanics.
*Enterprising people like to lead and persuade others, as well money, power and status are important to them.
*Artistic/Communicative: Think art, music, dancing and acting! Many of these people would do this work, even if the pay is low because they follow their passion, and they love it.
*Social: people who choose the social aspect of work are those who place a high value on helping others, and they hate injustice. These people are very empathic, compassionate and sympathetic and they often choose jobs like child welfare or counseling.
*investigative/logical: These people probably liked doing puzzles as children, because they love solving problems like math, science and technology.
*Conventional: A range of work which entails detail and routine such as being an accountant or working in administration.
The ideal job situation is one where you find the greatest amount of joy and satisfaction, so seeking to do something that is also your hobby or passion is the most ideal. For instance, animals lovers become vets and vets assistants; as well someone who loves to design might love becoming an architect.
Studies have found that people who choose jobs primarily for the amount of money they make have less job satisfaction. There are those people, however whose highest goals focus on making large amounts of money, and if there is a job which can both satisfy the money demand and be something you are passionate about would be…..well….like a little bit of heaven.