Whether your interest in a job change has been prompted by dissatisfaction with your current role or rumors of impending layoffs, the prospect of identifying and jumping into a different career can definitely feel overwhelming. However, this is a challenge that most professionals will face at least once in their working lives – data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that American workers change jobs an average of seven times over the course of their careers.
Social media is fast becoming a popular tool for job search. Sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming a primary means for people to connect with one another, not only professionally but socially as well. In this day and age, families and friends often reside great distances from one another and these sites provide a great way to stay in touch.
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.
People with a preference for Sensing are more likely to be politically conservative, and are also more likely to be disinterested in politics, according to a study led by researcher Robert W. Boozer. Conversely, those with a preference for Intuition are more likely to be liberal and have more interest in politics.
The diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome may sometimes be a misinterpretation of a personality type of ISTP or INTP, according to researcher Robert G. Chester in an article published in the Journal of Psychological Type. Many of the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome, including a preference for solitude, visual and intuitive thinking, and a critical and objective communication style, are similar to characteristics of normal type development among ISTPs and INTPs.
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?
With news about the economy growing more dire each day, you may be wondering how well your job will fare in a recession. Some industries have already been hit hard: real estate agents, mortgage lenders, construction workers, and others in the housing industry are likely to be searching for their next move.
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.
Intuitive Thinking personality types are the most likely of all of the types to be argumentative, according to research led by Donald Loffredo, Ed.D, at the University of Houston. ENTJs in particular tended to score as highly argumentative. Intuitive types are more likely to approach argument as a means of exploring possibilities, while Thinking types often enjoy argument as an exercise to think things out logically and analyze a situation.
Recently, Time Magazine published an article about the happiest workers (and unhappiest workers!) in America. The happiest workers? Clergy, followed closely by firefighters. This may seem an odd combo, but consider how fulfilled people in these careers must feel in their work. Connecting to God and a congregation, saving lives in crisis... sounds like a recipe for happiness to me!