When beginning an entry-level job search, college grads often overlook one important question: How does your personality fit within the career path you are considering? The desire to land a job and start a career can often become the focus instead of landing the right job or starting the right career fit.
More and more employers consider personality when hiring for college graduate jobs. They understand the importance of getting the right fit for their company’s culture. If it is important to the company you are applying to join, then it must be important to you too, so consider your own personality when undertaking your job search. For example, if you are an introverted, quiet, individual, you are unlikely to be happy in, or successful at, a job in sales or any role that requires public speaking.
Determine Your Personality Type
How do you define your personality? There are a variety of tests – some free and some available for a cost – that can help to determine the best career fits for you as an individual.
One of the most popular tests to guide those undertaking an entry-level job search is to define your Holland Code. This test was developed by John L. Holland and outlines the jobs most suited to individuals by six personality types. The six main types are: Realistic, Thinkers, Artistic, Social, Enterprisers, and Conventional. Most of us fall into more than one of the six categories, so it is a question of working out the two categories that best define your personality.
Some of the most common fits include “conventional” types that should consider entry-level accountant or banking jobs. This is also the personality type that is common for engineering jobs and administrative jobs. “Persuaders” are best suited to entry-level jobs that are in the administrative, human resources, and legal fields. If you are looking at jobs in teaching, public health, occupational therapy, or child-care, your main personality attribute will likely be “Social.”
These are just a few examples of why matching your entry-level job search to your personality type is important – both for you and for your potential employer.