Do you stop to smell flowers? I.E. Do you really know who you are?? Personality isn’t who you are, but rather personality is what flavors who you are…. Like spices on a steak, milk on the cereal, frosting on the cupcake, toppings on the salad… (can you tell I’m hungry?) Personality is part of what makes you, you.
Was one more comfortable? One probably took longer You probably had to concentrate more It probably took more effort
You can spend all day looking at the details of personality and trying to figure out exactly what this means… but don’t over-do it or place too much emphasis on just this… it is a tool, meant to give you more info to make better decisions – but not the be all, end all..
Personality and Job Search
Ever feel like this? Who am I?
Well, just pick one…The dreaded question… Not that easy?!
So, how DO people decidewhat they want to be when they grow up?!
This mini-assessmentdoes NOT measure… Stress Emotions Maturity Intelligence Psychiatric Disturbance Career Potential Level of Skill
This mini-assessment DOES tell you about… Your PREFERRED way of thinking and behaving Understanding your preferences can help you… Be more successful Deal with other people better Contribute more to a team Reduce stress Enjoy work more Get more out of your life
This is not about ability or“being” something or not… This is about PREFERENCES! Let’s try this to illustrate my point: Give me your autograph! It doesn’t mean you can’t, it just means you prefer…
The farther to one side or the other (E or I, S or N, etc.) the more strongly you identify with that letter. It also indicates that it is harder for you to identify with the opposite letter. What if you fall in the middle? This means you are equally divided between the two and they are of equal strength for you; the advantage of equal scores is that you can relate well to both sides, the disadvantage is that it may cause confusion at times. We tend to be attracted to our opposites. We also tend to least understand our opposites – this is our biggest challenge! If we begin to understand what makes us act, feel, and make decisions as we do, it possible to know our strengths and weaknesses. If we can understand ourselves – then we can begin to understand, predict, and appreciate how someone else may behave and make decisions.
E = Extraverted (Expressive) I = Introverted (Reserved) Where does a person prefer to focus their attention and draw their energy from? S = Sensory (Observant) N = Intuitive (Introspective) How does a person prefer to gather information? How do you become aware? T = Thinking (Tough-minded or objective) F = Feeling (Friendly or sympathetic) How does a person prefer to make decisions? J = Judging (Make and keep schedules) P = Perceiving (Probing for alternative, options) What way does a person prefer to position themselves to the external world? How do you relate to the outer world?
E - Extraversion I - Introversion 75% of population 25% of population Attention focused on Attention focused on outer world inner world Energized by people and Energized by inner outer world world and solitude Sociable – lonely when Desire privacy not with people Selective in external More involved in activities external activities Limited relationships Friends to many Need to understand Need to experience world before world in order to experiencing it understand it Often think about Tend to like action what they are doing before acting Society tends to reward E-type behavior Society tends to label I-type as being too shy and withdrawn
S - Sensing N - Intuition 75% of population 25% of population Information is acquired Information is acquired through 5 senses through intuition Realistic and practical Imaginative and Accept and work with inspirational what is “given” in here Look at big picture and and now try to grasp essential Wants, trusts, and patterns remembers facts Futuristic in thinking Believe in experience and trusts hunches and trusts history Look at potential Good at remembering growth, not necessarily and working with present situations number of facts Expert at seeing new Feel firmly on ground possibilities Could you intuition Complex ideas come as more but doesn’t trust a package it much Considers facts but may go beyond
T - Thinking F - Feeling 50% of population 50% of population Make decisions through Make decisions through thinking feeling Tend to keep emotions Tend to show emotions private openly Decide objectively by standard of truth Decide subjectively on Analyze and weigh basis of person-centered evidence values Not swayed by emotions Don’t require logic Principles are important Motivated by emotion Believe in policies, laws, Values are important etc. Believe in extenuating Gender biases – 60% circumstances male Gender biased – 60% Schools tend to teach to female & value T-Types, makes it difficult to develop F School gives opportunity Actual feelings and to develop T – aspect emotions are no Can think as much as stronger/weaker than F’s thinkers
J - Judgement P - Perception 50 % of population 50% of population Orientation toward outer Orientation toward inner world –taking action world – reserve action Like to make decisions Like to gather data Tend to live in planned, Like to keep options open orderly way – like control Tend to live in a flexible, Establish deadlines and take spontaneous way them seriously Like work to be play Like to get work done – then Seek to understand life play rather than control it Structured and organized Process oriented Outcome oriented Decisions are tentative Decisions are decisive Adapt to the moment Plan ahead Resist making decisions Feels sense of urgency until “Let’s wait and see” decisions are made Can help make sure “Let’s get the show on the decisions don’t get made road” too quickly Can help make sure decisions are made
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I - Introversion E - Extroversion Looking for work or being Find themselves more between jobs can be a energized with the period of down time phone calling or Being at home, having networking meetings… a less social contact than time to be with people being with coworkers, and have more time for This method would solitude appeal to extroverts This method would Time to reflect alone is probably appeal to also valuable introverts Time to network with others is also valuable
N- Intuition S - Sensing Generally embrace this Drawn to openings that time to imagine or create exist and are in the the possibilities newspaper, online and heard of through word of mouth Consider career redesign, career change or consider These people obtain entrepreneurship their information by seeing it and hearing about it Dreamers The mind is a powerful They trust their senses thing and can discern it as factual and real
T- Thinking F - Feeling Will use the skills of More subjective and logic, analysis and interpersonally objectivity to make a involved with the decision emotion and impact of the decision Both types may need to decide to applyfor positions, hire people to help them,consider a part-time position, decide tomake career changes… but the “how” todecide is determined by the preference
J – Judging P – Perceiving Would enjoy a planned Conduct their day by scheduled day with a to- remaining flexible and spontaneous do list of tasks and goals Prefer to stay open to new Typical day: wake up, information and avoid being shower, attend a tied down to a rigid schedule network group, make 5 that requires time phone calls, workout, management calling, follow up on leads, 3 hours of online Perhaps the P personality intended to make calls in the research morning but a friend calls and wants to golf – which Being in control of the becomes more of a priority - the golf outing produces a day with a system or lead… the application is due method to job search and by the end of the day, he sticking to the plan fits returns home and completes this personality type the application, resume and cover letter… finds himself energized by the last-minute pressure
Job Searching byType You will probably use an approach that feels most natural & comfortable That way often feels like the best way The challenge… stepping out of our comfort zone! Use the less preferred way Not about right & wrong, but knowing we can flip the coin (the other side might serve us better)
Each preference and each type has its own gifts and strengths It is up to you to decide whether the results are accurate Type should be used to understand yourself, not as an excuse for doing or not doing something This indicates your preferences, not your abilities