The instability of our current economy has created a new wave of unemployment, budget cuts, layoffs and an endangerment to the term, “job security.” With employment becoming more of a privilege than a right, there is an increase in stress both in the workplace and for those displaced from their jobs and their careers. Despite the feeling of hopelessness that losing a job can generate, it is very possible to learn how to manage this stress and to face the adversity of unemployment with a positive attitude. Choosing to learn some basic techniques and utilize them, can not only positively affect your stress level, but it can create a more likely scenario to find future employment.
Q. Since I graduated from college a few years ago, I've been working in a boring job I don't enjoy. I don't really know where to begin in looking for a new job, but a friend told me that taking a personality assessment could help me find a job I'll like. How do you recommend using personality testing for finding a career?
The boom economy of the past few years brought me many clients who were doing well financially--in some cases, very well--but felt a longing for more satisfaction in their work. They had good salaries and job security, but didn't feel fulfilled by what they were doing. They took career assessments to try to find what was missing, and often our work together helped them understand why a "good job" wasn't making them happy. They realized that some of their dreams had been pushed aside as they saw the opportunity for financial gain in a strong labor market.
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