Personality profile: which job is right for you?

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Life is much easier if you have the right job for your personality; far easier than spending futile years trying to develop the right personality for your job. When it comes to fundamentals, go with the flow. Know yourself, and know what suits you. Then, when you search employment sites such as Chandler Macleod’s, you can find a job to match who you are.

The first step is to understand your personality and preferences. Trying completing a range of personality tests, which are basically aimed to determine best career fits. Many of these are available online, particularly through large human resources companies. Spending time on a variety of tests will yield a solid picture of how you fit into various jobs. It will also help you to appreciate your individual traits and how to best nurture these.

A quick rundown of three well-known personality tests, often used for career purposes, follows.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

As its title suggests, it was developed by psychologists named Myers and Briggs (Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers) and it indicates types of psychological preferences. Based on Carl Jung’s work, this widely accepted test assumes there are four main psychological perception methods; the first is based on whether you perceive the world as an introvert or an extravert (I or E). The second is based on sensing (S) or intuitive (N) types; the third is thinking (T) or feeling (F); the fourth is judging (J) or perception (P). The final result of the MBTI produces a neat four-letter label. There are 16 possible outcomes.


This stands for Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential. Developed in 1994 by Henry Neils, it has been online since 1995. It has now been translated into 15 languages, and its 71 questions take about 15 minutes to complete. Originally it was marketed to businesses to help them recruit employees, but, in 2000, Neils rethought his business model and decided to go directly to consumers. In the US, many college campuses use this for students to help them to determine what to study and what career path to pursue. It provides a snapshot of your aptitude and skill sets, helping to narrow down suitable career paths.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS)

Although somewhat similar to the Myers-Briggs test, the KTS has significant practical and theoretical differences. It was developed by David Keirsey in 1956, after he was introduce to the MBTI. Keirsey bases his groupings on Ancient Greek temperament studies by Hippocrates and Plato. The KTS uses the divisions of artisan, guardian, idealist and rational. The four temperaments categories each have two types; resulting in 16 categories.

Taking a number of tests is a good idea. Seeing your results from a variety of perspectives can help focus your understanding of who you are. While a personality test provides good insight into how you tick, remember, the results are at best a guide, and not a dictate to be followed. Ultimately, of course, there are untestable personality characteristics and passions that may end up being the catalyst for your true career path. Share your tips: what helped you decide which career path to pursue?

Sarah Pinkerton

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