The Ideal Job Hunting

If we do not understand us, and therefore what is it that we would enjoy doing based on our personality, can we really adjust all the time to the environment and live a life of “quiet desperation”? 

Many business school graduates quit their jobs after only a few months at work, some of the reasons they mentioned are listed below.

  • I was upset!
  • I became overwork!
  • Not what I was promised!
  • The organization is not good!
  • I don't like profiles!
  • I could not handle the job!
  • My boss was not good!
  • Culture is not good!
  • Salary too low!

We usually join an organization for 3 reasons:

  1. Work profile (what we do in the company now and in the future),
  2. Company brand (which improves our personal branding and provides longevity of employment because the company is doing well)
  3. Salary (which allows us to meet certain needs).

After starting our career we give the highest priority to “salary”, then “brand” and lastly, “work profile”.

Most of the reasons mentioned above for quitting are sensitive and related to what we expect (job profile). Able to work hard if we are motivated. If there is a future in the job, we are inspired. When annoyed we try to do something. We can tolerate or manage our boss if we want to stay. If I enjoy the job and have an increase in the future, we will take a lower salary (for a reason). However, hard work is not an option to enjoy our work. If we enjoy our work, we are around.

If we don’t know and so what can we enjoy based on our personality, can we really adapt to the environment all the time and live in “quiet frustration”? We find out in this article.

What creates enjoyment at work?

If I look at the reasons above, I also see issues of personality conflict. For example,

When the need for work does not fit my personality

The culture of the organization does not suit my personality

I have a personality conflict with my boss.

The conflict is also about what I do, a comparison of what I was supposed to do by the company and my boss. What I do is determined by my personality.

The Myers-Briggs test analyzes us in terms of our extroversion or introspection, whether we use logic or sensation and how much data we need to make decisions, whether to collect information or use our insights. Clearly, certain jobs require certain personality types.

For example, I am an INFJ. By definition:

INFJ is an idealist. They work hard but are stubborn about their ideals and the work they want to do. These are often conventional, complex and have a warm interest among people. They are insightful, perfect and principled. The ideal career for such a person is teacher, mentor, artist. They are kind of rare in the population.

So according to the analysis, I am good at the role of advisor and good as a consultant. If I am asked to complete a project within a certain time frame, I may not be able to do a good job. Similarly, I can assist in the sales process, but cannot be directly liable. I can theoretically, understand the problems of others and give advice by adding many possibilities and perspectives. I need to be successful in such a career.

A stakeholder might ask me to go into the IT sector and run a software project because just because a company has a good profile or a good salary does not mean I will do a good job at it. I may be technically capable of carrying out my responsibilities but it will be: a responsibility, not a pleasure.

No I'm a chameleon. I can be a good actor but actors change personalities for a short time, not 8-12 hours every day for a lifetime. So, we cannot say that we will behave in a way that is contrary to our interpersonal personality. It's too harsh.

In short, if we don’t know who we are, and so what we can enjoy based on our personality, can we really adjust to the environment all the time and “live a life of quiet despair”?

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