Match Your Personality With the Job

One of the joys of life is having a job or career that you love. Many people wake up every morning and can’t wait to get started in their job, then work long hours making as much progress as they can before calling it a day and returning home. Some even continue working after spending a few hours of relaxation and nourishment, eager to try out a new idea or just get a head start on the next day.

What’s the Secret?

Is there a secret that allows some individuals to love their job? Not really. It isn’t as complicated a question as you may think. These people have simply found jobs and careers that are best suited to their personalities.

You may have been given personality tests if you attended school during the 1950s, when the six RIASEC personality types were developed and tests were regularly given. RIASEC stands for Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. See how well you fit within these six categories:

The Six Personality Types:

REALISTIC personalities like to work on practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They enjoy working with plants, animals and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. They also like to work outside and definitely avoid work that involves a lot of paperwork or working closely with other people.
• Job Match: Realistic jobs include the construction industry, automotive, HVAC, trucking and transportation, electronics and medical technician.

INVESTIGATIVE personalities enjoy activities that involve ideas and thinking more than physical acitivity. Investigative types often work with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking, researching for facts and solving problems.
• Job Match: Investigative jobs include clerical, counseling, psychology, medical and veterinarian, computer science, mathematics, engineering, biomedical, and aerospace.

ARTISTIC personalities obviously prefer activities that involve the artistic side of life, such as with designs, forms and patterns. They seek self-expression in their work. They are happiest where work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
• Job Match: Artistic jobs include multi-media artists and animators, art directors, designers, architects, advertising and promotion, editors, music composers, photography, makeup, hair styling, jewelry design, film and video editing.

SOCIAL personalities enjoy work that assists others and promotes learning and personal development. They prefer to communicate more than to deal with objects, machinery, tools or data. They plainly like to teach, give advice, help, or otherwise be of service.
• Job Match: Social jobs include education, therapists, nursing, medical and public health, social workers, physician assistants and health educators.

ENTERPRISING personalities are happiest starting up and carrying out projects, especially business ventures. They enjoy persuading and leading people and making decisions. They like taking risks for profit and prefer taking action rather than spending time in lengthy thought.
• Job Match: Enterprising jobs include real estate brokers, property management, food service, lawyers, executives, securities and financial services, detectives, employment recruiting, flight attendants and religious directors.

CONVENTIONAL personalities like activities that follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and details rather than with ideas and concets. They are most comfortable with precise standards rather than working in situations where they have to judge things for themselves. These personalities tend to prefer working where the lines of authority are clear.
• Job Match: Conventional jobs include financial analysts, auditors, real estate appraisers, legal and executive secretaries, legal assistants, bank tellers, librarians, court clerks, accountants and bookkeepers, cargo and freight agents, insurance claims adjusters and dental assistants.

These brief lists are merely a starting point but are good examples of identifying and matching jobs with the six personality types.

This report is not a diagnosis. We hope this information can guide you toward improving your life.

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