Advice: Use Your Personality To Shape Your New Career

Posted March 24, 2017 by in Career

When thinking about a new career, it is important that we take into consideration how our personality can and will affect our ability to get a job or work in certain fields. It can be detrimental to us, when we take on a job which does not fit with our beliefs, ethics or morals, or if we take on a job which does not fit with our personality. However, when we do take on a job which fits with all of the above, it can be a very positive aspect to our health and can make us happier, more content and can make our lives more fulfilling.

Therefore, it is important that we take note of our characteristics when applying for jobs – make sure that our personality fits with the ethos of the company we are applying to work for and that the company’s values fit with ours or are similar to ours.

For example, if you have a bubbly and caring personality then it is highly unlikely that you would want to pick a job working as, say, an admin assistant and would perhaps be better fitted to a career in social work. Or, if you have an analytical brain then you may be more suited to work in data management or finance than working in a job as, say, a personal trainer. Aligning your personality to a career is not only beneficial to your health but can also be beneficial to the company you are working for.

If your personality and characteristics reflect that of the company, then you are more likely to do a better job than someone who does not hold the same values as you. A good example of this is that if a meat eater applies for a job in a vegan healthcare shop, then it is highly unlikely that person will get a job and a vegan will be preferred to commence employment instead. It may seem unfair but that is just the way the business world works.

When approaching companies to apply for work, it could be really important that – on your resume – you list all of your personality traits which fit within the business you are applying to work for. If the company specializes in top quality customer service, then list how friendly you are and note your excellent communication and interpersonal skills. If you do not write down all of your relevant skills, you may be missing out on the opportunity of employment.

When starting that job, it is also important to use your personality to show your boss that they made the best choice when deciding to hire you. Utilize your natural flair for whatever it is you choose to do as a career, whether that be in front facing sales, telephone sales, driving jobs, writing work or even in care work. Without you pushing your personality to the best of its ability. You may get swallowed up in the work space and could feel disappointed in yourself.

Do you have a career that aligns with your personality? Let us know in the comments below!

*This article was contributed.