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The personality-driven job search

The personality-driven job search

Did you ever think to search for jobs that match your personality? The successful job search of the future will be oriented around matching your personality to the workplace. Discover why.

Your ideal job needs one simple, magic ingredient: your personality. Your job is an expression of who you are - it doesn't define you - but you will be happier if your personality matches your job. Personality assessments have been around since time began, but only recently has the breakthrough connection between career satisfaction and personality been acknowledged.

According to the late American psychologist John L Holland: 

“The choice of a vocation is an expression of personality.”

Holland articulated six personality types and matching jobs. These personality types and work environments are: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. Gen Y’ers are typically an introspective bunch - we know what pushes our hot buttons.

Which personality type sounds like you?

Realistic personality 


Are you a do’er? Do you love working with your hands, tools and animals?

You’re practical, physical and hands-on. You enjoy working with tools, machinery, or animals, and value things you can see and touch. You see yourself as realistic and pragmatic. You live in the real world, work hard, and get on with the job at hand.

Realistic jobs include: chef, computer technician, electrician, engineer, farmer, firefighter, mechanic, pilot, police officer or vet.

Investigative personality


Are you a thinker? Do you get a buzz from solving complex problems? 

You’re an intellectual type, and you are good at solving scientific, mathematic or theoretical problems. You’re explorative, precise and reflective, and you see yourself as a problem-solver. You’re on a mission to conquer new intellectual territory, using your uncanny ability to see how the pieces all fit together.

Investigative jobs include: computer scientist, economist, engineer, investment banker, lawyer, mathematician, pharmacist, professor, psychologist, psychiatrist, statistician or surgeon.

Artistic personality 


Are you a creator? Do you thrive on chaos and creativity?

You’re the original thing. You’re non-conforming, independent and expressive. You have been creating original works of art since your were young, be it writing, music, dance, drama or painting or combinations of artistic pursuits. You want to be heard and share your thoughts with the world.

Artistic jobs include: actor, animator, art therapist, author, dance instructor, graphic designer, music teacher, musician, painter or poet.

Social personality


Are you a helper? Do you heal or nurture those around you?

You’re here to help. You’re co-operative, supportive and nurturing, and people turn to you for help. You see yourself as helpful, friendly and trustworthy. You have a unique ability to understand others, you yearn to make life a little nicer for everyone around you, and you rise to the occasion when someone is in need of help.

Social jobs include: caretaker, counsellor, educator, nurse, pathologist, physician, psychologist, social worker, teacher, therapist or theologist.

Enterprising personality 


Are you a leader? Are you driven to lead and persuade?

You’re a mover and a shaker. You see opportunity all around you, and take action on it with energy and gusto. You’re competitive, ambitious and persuasive. You are good at leading people and selling things or ideas, you value success in your field, and what defines you from others is the extra distance you travel to reach your lofty goals.

Enterprising jobs include: advertising, business administration, communications, insurance, investment banker, journalism, law, management, marketing, politics, publishing, public policy, sales, real estate and urban planning.

Conventional personality


Are you an organizer? Do you prefer structure and order?

You’re a steady, level-headed, and precise. You bring order and stability to the uncertainty around you. You are good at managing numbers, records and mechanical tasks in systematic and orderly ways. There isn’t a detail that gets past you, you triumph in categorizing things and you love to give every object its own little place.

Conventional jobs include: accountant, actuary, banker, clerk, copy editor, proofreader, receptionist, retail, secretary or technical writer.

Have you discovered your personality type yet? To gain access to cool movies, interactive tests and a jobs database that matches your personality to specific jobs, get yourself a WorkLifeGroup career development package.

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EARLY CAREER: Gen Y, Graduates and Early Careerists

Guy has worked as a business journalist, urban planner, slow food chef, denim salesperson and digital media manager, and shares original insights on diverse Gen Y career experiences.

Guy holds a B. Urban Planning & Development (Hons), has worked in 5 different industries and knows what its like to face the challenge of graduate transition. New career choices, personal branding and balancing passions with money are all part of the mix.

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