Does Your Career Fit Your Personality?

Revised January, 2011

Everyone knows how hard it is to get along with others when there's a personality clash -- so imagine how hard it is to be happy in career that does the same thing.

Similar to when you're looking for a mate, you want to find a career that complements your character, not conflicts with it. For example, if you're active and outgoing, you might not do well sitting behind a desk all day. On the same token, if you're shy and soft-spoken, you might not do well in a job that requires a lot of social interaction, and if you like working alone, you wouldn't thrive in a team setting.

Here are several vocations that are sure to complement your temperament. Please note that each requires different education, training and qualification requirements.

Personality: Artistic

What you're like: Artistic personalities are creative by nature, with imaginations that stretch further than others can conceive. These people like to express themselves through their work versus completing structured tasks. They like to work without rules, and enjoy working with forms, designs, colors, words and patterns.

Job matches:

Personality: Conventional

What you're like: Conventional people like conventional things: Rules, procedures, schedules and instructions are all things that appeal to them. They prefer working with details and data versus ideas; they are practical and like routine and order.

Job matches:

Personality: Enterprising

What you're like: Enterprise people are leaders. They like to see projects through from start to finish, business ventures in particular. They are doers more than thinkers and are more interested in the "big picture" than the small pieces that make it up.

Job matches:

Personality: Investigative

What you're like: Investigative people prefer to work alone. They like using logic over imagination, solving problems and mysteries, putting together pieces of a puzzle, precision, science and they pay extreme attention to detail.

Job matches:

Personality: Realistic

What you're like:True to their name, realists are ... well, realistic. They are results-driven, hands-on people who like problems and solutions. They like working outdoors, as well as with machines, tools and jewelry.

Job matches:

Personality: Social

What you're like: Social people like helping others and working with teams. They communicate well, thrive on human interaction and they'd rather talk than work with machines or data. The best jobs for them are ones that let them be with other people.

Job matches:

Next: Your Career is In the Cards (of Destiny)

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Rachel Zupek is a writer and blogger for She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

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Thanks for the post. I got to know that I have an "investigative " personality.!!! I am software engineer and the qualities you have mentioned match to my personality.Good one!!! But, the pay scale does not match right now..:-( Hope I get there in years to come..:-)
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October 11 2011 at 4:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The article shows present day dollars as salaries, while good in instances it has many variables not mentioned. Age is a factor although supposedly against the law to discriminate by asking, they find out by asking for a copy of your drivers license for the federal ins form, or the pre hire blood test report.
Schools attended, previous employers, and time in the field.are factored in. The salary in NYC will be 40% higher than the same job in Miami, cost of living and city, state, federal taxes. Living in NYC and working in NJ as I did for 25 years I paid 5 taxes annually-and boy was it tough with tolls, fuel etc. Good luck to all in getting a job for more than 10.00/hour before 2012! LOL

March 26 2011 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

can yu b active brained with bothsides??

March 26 2011 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

oh and hey can you be active with both sides

March 26 2011 at 2:02 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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March 26 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Wendy, I'm with you on the locksmith job . A lot of this copy is just to take up time and space. Leaves too many vitals , out of the equation.

March 23 2011 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sylvia, God love you. It sounds like you need some well deserved rest. Help clear out your head. Peace be with you.

March 23 2011 at 8:07 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Can you be both brained ?

March 23 2011 at 8:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I am sorry, but this article didn't help me at all. Almost all of my adult life, I have suffered major chronic depression. And have recently found out that I do have Adult Attention Deficit Disability.
At this bad time in my life again, I can not clean my house, I cannot do paperwork, I cannot organize, I cannot focus, I cannot concentrate. Really, I would just like to die. There is nothing good that I can do, even with my medications.
I am now 61 years old and my husband wants to retire in May. There are no jobs that I can take where I would be able to think, prioritize, file, set up displays, etc. I feel so desperate. Is there a program that I can look into to see if disability income can be used for me? Or do we just starve to death?

February 20 2009 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sylvia, some SS disabiliy notes for you:
1) You file for disability through your local Social Security office or online (links below).
Note: Being "disabled" means you are NOT ABLE to perform work tasks consistently and dependably for 30 hours a week on a regular basis.
2)You must also have work credits earned over your lifetime. You can get this info by requesting an earnings statement from SS (they send your earnings statement every year in the three months before your birthday); or go to the SS office and ask if you have enough credits to qualify.
2) You must fill out all SS foms in graphic detail to PROVE (by testimony and evidence) that you have a disabling condition (confirmed by your doctor, illustrated by your daily lifestyle, and testified to by other witnesses).
4)Your doctor must approve your disability, (SS will ask him to do lots of paperwork, provide medical records and testimony). So tell your doctor you plan to apply for SS Disability, and ask if he will support you; if he says no, ask him why not. (Some doctors just do not have time/energy for all the extra paperwork.) If he cannot/will not support you, you must find another doctor who can, ideally before you file your initial application.
5) Be aware: Most applications are denied on the first round. If you get a denial of letter you must file an appeal immediately. Then SS sends several more rounds of forms; so do not get discouraged or quit if you are denied! You must appeal all denials within the time frame noted! And you must attend ALL doctors appointments SS makes for you!
6)You may need an advocate to help you initially; and possibly a disability attorney to help you file an appeal (private attorneys take @ 30% of your monthly disability payments for several years IF you get approved by their help). But do not fret:
6a) IF you meet low income/welfare status, your state or local "Legal Aid" office may help you for free (they usually helponly AFTER your initial application is denied). A Legal Aid attorney does not cost anything and will not take any of your disability monies; so find their phone number, and call them NOW to see if/when they can help you. Be sure to call them back immediately if/when you get a SS denial letter!
6b) If you cannot do the initial paperwork for any reason, you must find an advocate to help you get through the filing process! So get the SS forms now, look them over, and start looking for an "advocate" now if you need one!


March 26 2011 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To Sylvia
continued from previous post....

6b) If you cannot do the initial paperwork for any reason, you must find an advocate to help you get through the initial filing process! So get the forms now, look them over, and start looking for an "advocate" now if you need to! Call all your welfare office, local churches, food banks, support groups, and other civic and charity organizations to help you find an advocate who is willing and able to help you (Women's Club, Salvation Army, Goodwill, United Way, Red Cross, Catholic Charities, etc.)! Your local hospital may also be able to help or provise a referral or a councelor to help.
6c) If you must get a private attorney, choose a local one if possible, and one who has experience with SS disability. Ask him for several references who he helped get disability for, then call them about his services, and ask thier advice!

7) Start a paper file folder for all your notes, names and phone numbers, etc.
Make a folder on your computer for all links and reference documents (like the ones I provide below).

8)Be aware: The SS paper forms provide one or two short lines for answering each question, but you must use a extra sheets of paper to illustrate your case in detail! If you write it on paper, do not worry about penmanship, spelling or mistakes, just cross them out and keep writing. Focus on describing your symptoms and how it affects you, and affects your life overall, and how it makes you unable to work regularly and dependably. The more information you give them the easier it will be for them to understand the severity of your illness, and decide to in your favor! Lack of information causes most cases to be denied automatically!

Sometimes disability cases take a year or so to get approved; and the more you know about the process, the more likely you are to get approved, so read as much as you can about "qualifying" for disability benefits.

Application Instructions and forms are Here:

Some Tips are here:

March 26 2011 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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