By Susan Guarneri
Looking for your dream job? Ready to try something new? Helpful tips and tools to move you from one career to another.
What Is Your Best-Fit Job?
With job dissatisfaction at a 22-year record high, the majority of American workers are seeking new jobs. Some are disgruntled about an excessive work load, boredom, or micromanaging bosses. Others want to gain a higher salary and recognition. And then there are those who are simply unhappy with what they do in their job.
For these workers, getting up every day to go to work is an exercise of extreme willpower. Their lack of engagement in the job jeopardizes their career future, and has a negative effect on productivity and innovation.
To determine your best-fit career, start by assessing YOU. One of the factors you may want to consider are your strengths. Your strengths, according to Donald Clifton who pioneered the Clifton StrengthsFinder (precursor to the StrengthsFinder 2.0), are your talents multiplied by knowledge, skills and practice over time.
Using data from research done by Gallup, Clifton identified 34 strengths themes and created the first strengths assessment. Clifton’s colleague Tom Rath continued his work with the updated StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Gallup Press, 2007).
The access code to take the assessment online can be found in the back of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book. The resulting report includes personalized Strengths Insight descriptions of your top 5 strengths, as well as a Strengths-based Action Plan, and online resources.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® – MBTI ®
The MBTI ®, a measure of personality type preferences, is another useful tool to understand your preferred job functions and work environment. Considered a psychological assessment, the MBTI must be administered and interpreted by a certified professional.
Described as “the world’s most widely used personality assessment” by CPP Inc., the publisher of the MBTI, millions of users have taken the MBTI since it was first published in 1962.
By integrating the results of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 and the MBTI, you can gain a clearer picture of the types of job functions and work environments suited to you. Use this combined knowledge about your strengths and personality type, along with your interests, to screen potential careers and job openings for your best-fit jobs.
In a tight job market, employers prefer to hire candidates who are interested in and enjoy what they do in their job. Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to demonstrate that in a job interview if you actually felt that way? Looking for your best-fit jobs just makes common sense. Of course, satisfaction on the job is the big bonus!
Susan Guarneri, Career Assessment Goddess and Reach Master Branding Strategist, can guide you to your best-fit career options and help you land your Dream Job.