Does Your Job Fit Your Personality

How many times have you heard someone say that they do not like their job? Maybe you have even said it yourself. It is certainly a common statement, and many people think it is normal that everyone hates their job. That is not true, of course, and perhaps you dislike your job because your personality does not match it.

During an interview a recruiter will try to assess whether your personality is right for the job or not, and whether you will mesh with the office culture and the prevailing attitudes of the existing employees. If you are obviously not right for the job, then your application being rejected will save you a lot of stress down the line; however, it is also possible for you to choose a job that directly fits your personality.

Generally speaking, there are two types of people in the world: extroverts and introverts. The former are typically talkative, assertive and enthusiastic; everyone knows when an extrovert has entered a room. Introverts are the exact opposite, being much more reserved, shy, and often only talking when responding to a question.

Putting either one in the opposite type of job will be a big mismatch; for instance, an introvert would not enjoy a job that puts them on stage in front of other people, while an extrovert would not enjoy a solitary job. Indeed, it has been found that extroverts are more likely to work in management roles than introverts – a fact that makes sense, as introverts are likely to have trouble telling others what to do, not to mention firing people. This does not mean that extroverts will earn more money; actually, introverts and extroverts are equally likely to earn six figures.

If you are an introvert, do not think you can not reach management. Extroverts may make up the bulk of the management positions, but that is in part due to them being more outgoing – that is reassuring to senior executives that a person is confident and strong, that they are not timid and easily rolled over by other people. Such qualities are necessary for anyone in a management position, but you can be an introvert and also be strong. If it is a position you aspire to, just make sure you are committed to your work, and there is no reason why you can not keep advancing.

Neither an extrovert nor an introvert is better or worse than the other, they are just different. Building a successful career means knowing your strengths and weaknesses, even if only to overcome your weaknesses.

A successful career also means starting out in something you want to do, so it helps to know how introverted or extroverted you want to be. For instance, if you get nervous just at the thought of talking to people, you may want to avoid speaking in public – or you may decide to follow that path so you can overcome your fear.

It is relatively straightforward determining the types of jobs that match different personality types. For instance, event planners, emergency services officers, sales representatives and accountants all tend to be roles that attract extroverts. Introverts on the other hand are more attracted to being writers, programmers, engineers, artists, scientists or lawyers.

Either group has the potential to progress in a career and earn good money, but by knowing at the outset what you are comfortable and uncomfortable with, you can make it easier on yourself to find a job that really fits your personality.

If you are one of the people in a job that you do not like, try not to let it get you down. There are many jobs in a vast number of sectors, and once you know where you feel comfortable, you have made a big first step to finding your ideal career.


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