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How to Develop a Job Personality

Updated on September 11, 2014

Job Personality Based on Integrity

Artificial Personality Types vs. A Life's Calling

Particular personality types are a rather arbitrary categorizing of sets of behaviors in individuals, in my experience. The types have proved too limiting.

Several systems of these "types" include Myers-Briggs; The 4 Temperaments, Zodiac Signs; Moon Signs; somatotypes (like thin, fat, or muscular); Type A/Type B/Type C; Block's Types; Ayurvedic Types; Ancient Greek ("humors"); types stemming from Phrenology (the study of the bumps on the head); types based on skull structure other than the bumps on the head (wrongly used for defining criminals); the sanguine-phlegmatic-melancholic-choleric continuum; Star Trek characters; Star Wars characters; Wizard of Oz characters; and a lot of others. In over 20 years of performing and interpreting personality and vocational tests, I have found these type systems listed above often to be not very accurate overall.

Any of the type systems may provide a starting point for discussion, but an individual must get to know oneself in order to be matched with an appropriate career. People also mature over time and so does personality. It develops across the lifespan.

Purportedly, different types of personalities are suited to particular kinds of jobs and this is correct to some extent. Tendencies toward specific talents, skills, and the enjoyment potential for an individual in a particular career field and its tasks all contribute to one's Dream Job. This is the job one is created to perform and which creates both professional effectiveness and personal satisfaction.

The Dream Job is one's Life Calling, whether a person is of a faith-based or religious bent, or not. The Catholic Church has long spoken of callings for priests, nuns, and lay workers, and workforce development has incorporated this type of system into itself. It has been useful in welfare reform programs in that it has encouraged some people to graduate from the welfare system to happy gainful employment.In addition, most people do seem to have a special calling to fulfill - a job that is optimal for that person in productivity and satisfaction.

World societies have exercised similar ideas and systems in the past. Particularly, Native Americans did so, beginning hundreds of years ago; an example being the male Two-Spirit that was assigned to care for and train children rather than to hunt and to war. Such a person was useful and happy in his role. Through time in large portions of China after Communism, as individuals have retired from work, they have often been assigned volunteer tasks in their post-working years, this work often based on their talents and enjoyments. Matching people appropriately to activities such as these makes sense.

Once an individual knows him(her)self well enough to recognize wherein lie his strengths and satisfactions, he can pursue his Calling or Dream Job more effectively. Seeking and working in a job, career, and field where one can excell and also feel satisfaction is one measure of integrity. It is being true to oneself. At times, the Dream Job may not be available, but one can pursue it and work towards it all one's life. This can be a measure of satisfaction in itself.

Job Personality and Integrity Can Be Learned In Small Steps...

...Beginning In Youth
...Beginning In Youth

Personalities on the Job

Type Talk at Work (Revised): How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job
Type Talk at Work (Revised): How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job

I don't think that everyone falls into just one of these 16 defined personalities, or that everyone can be defined by a personality test. We are more than that! However, using this book can give us material to analyze when thinking about jobs and careers that are best suited to us and which we most want to do.


Work Readiness and Work Maturity

A lion is not born full grown and powerful; and neither is an employee...or any human being.

Just as humans pass through stages of development (Piaget's or Mazlow's or others' systems), people progress through stages of integrity as well. Integrity matures over time and is a daily work. Most people are not in their own full personality and integrity 100% of every hour, but they often improve with life experience and age. Some do not, but a lot do.

An effective Job Personality takes ones' skills, giftings, and natural talents, matches them to an appopriate a job and career as possible, and combines all of this with continuous ongoing professional development training.

As early as middle school or elementary school, Work Readiness Training helps youth learn what is expected in a good employee and what they can expect from as good job. Additional training can be called Work Maturity Learning in which an individual acquires the skills needed to advance on the job, earn raises and promotions, and to secure an ever-improving career in terms of productivity, pay rate, benefits, increased responsibilities and satisfaction. This may include office seminars or in-service training on the job, conferences, workshops, vocational classes, college credit courses, CEUs (continuing education credits), and short term courses at training institutes connected with many fields of work. Other topics covered are often related to health and wellness, investments, team building, creative problem solving, how to work with difficult people, and several other subjects.

The further an employee pursues effective ongoing professional development, progresses in a job via appropriate avenues, and moves up the success ladder in a career in an honest manner, the more fully that worker can be in integrity and true to himself. Employers would benefit from encouraging this in order to retain current employees, while be willing to promote and replace good employees with new ones that will also benefit from training. People held back are often peple that use counterproductive behaviors on the job.

While some workers are stuck in a position because ti seems the boss does not want to train someone else to do the job, I feel that employers an demployees should view the career and jobs as a flowing river of people. People should continually move in, move up, and move on to better opportunities as long as they are able and wish to do so.

Integrity Invests Time in the Self to Overcome Obstacles

The Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz was truly brave.
The Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz was truly brave. | Source

Enforced Job Burnout Erodes the Job Personality

We find that Job Burnout is caused in an employee that is continually forced to perform tasks that he or she performs very well but does not enjoy, or even dislikes.

This is an important part of Job Personality that must be considered - As an employer, if you make an employee do something repeatedly that they don't like only because they are best at it and you don't want to train anyone else should they be promoted, then you will lose that employee, anyway. You will lose them through resignation or through lowered productivity.

It was one American food chain's method to burn employees out so that they could be replaced at the same minimum wage. The company philospophy was that the corporation and stockholders received the most production for their wage dollar in this manner. Actually, they received slower service times and poorer qualities of food production, not to mention increased employee theft and its negative impact on unit costs.

Planned burnout is not cost effective. It is also inhumane. Job Personality must be attended for the good of the company as well as of the worker. Training replascement worklers is costing industry 10% more each year than it did the year before before of burnout and related factors. Part of this can be avouided by placing workers in the right jobs and offering them continuing training and advancement. One effective, experienced, happy employee is worth 3-4 untrained, partially trained, or less-then-happy newcomers.

Creating Job Character

I believe somewhat against the grain of social science thought in the 21st century. This thought says that personality is the set of behaviors of a person, isolated from the whole person, or Self.

It has been popular to teach that "personality is what you do" and "character is who you are"; however, it is not possible to separate and isolate personality and character from each other any more than it is possible to sever mind from body.

I say this, because of the preponderance of Character Training Programs in American schools today that have been instituted in order to change negative behaviors into more positive actions. If character is distinct and unrelated to personality (behaviors), then these programs are raising a bunch of actors, posers, and phonies that learn only to manipulate others with scripted behaviors.

I maintain that personality and character are related, character increasingly giving rise to effective behaviors/personality in an individual as the person learns and physically matures.

The concept that "you are not your behavior" too easily relieves an individual from personal responsibility in that it gives rise to the attitude that "it doesn't matter what I do, because that's not me." In contrast, the world tells people to "Walk the Talk", which means to act the way one speaks (believes) and this admonition is, for example, often aimed at Christians (even by other Christians).

Further, it seems that for eons, children have been taught that the following concept in adults is bad behavior and morally wrong: "Do as I say, not as I do." Agai, this is telling us to match our beliefs, attitudes, and values (character) to our behaviors (personality). It is evident to me that a concept of personality and character not linked is an excuse for lack of accountability. This can be very damaging in the workplace, where job performance is an accountability factor and Continuous Improvement is the hallmark of increasing numbers of American business goals. The following quote from some 100 years ago illustrates this point:

It doesn't matter if you're on the right track if you aren't going anywhere. - Mark Twain.

Continuous improvement can proceed long-term on the job, in the personality, in character, in integrity, and in evey ongoing process of life.

Asian Proverb: To stop growing is to die.

My Company Motto: When you reach the top of the Mountain, climb higher!

Others Also Have Integrity

Sea Lion
Sea Lion | Source

Occupational Character Training (TM)

Character training helps to promote sets of values and attitudes desired by a group for healthy living by its individual members in society. This training is begun even in infanvy by the child's parents in the way they handle daily living in the family.

Additional character training classes have been added to some middle and high school curricula around the nation. These actually include Work Readiness Training (WRT), as described above, containing over a dozen different topics required by the federal government. While not called character training in the schools, WRT actually builds effective Occupational Character.

In learning desired values and attitudes, human behaviors change to reflect them, when and if humans actually accept these values and attitudes as either

  1. Worthy of inclusion in one's own Self, or
  2. A vehicle to success of some kind.

In the WRT classroom as well as in the workplace, Occupational Character Training TM, as I call the classes I have taught, amounts to teaching workers at all levels to achieve optimal results for their company without diminishing their own integrity and values.

If you do not enjoy your company's goals and corporate Mission Statement, but accept the firm's values and goals in order to make a living in a system and a job that you do not enjoy, Job Burnout will follow.

See the following Hubs to help you avoid Job Burnout and maintain your Occupational Character.


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      You're right and I've seen some of this among clients needing resumes. While some of the workers that put in unpaid time benefit from promotions and increased wages, not all do so.

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      Ankush Kohli 

      7 years ago from India

      Quite liked it. Slavery may have been abolished but it has been replace by self-imposed slavery. Often, employees are forced to sign contracts with conditions they may not like it. Working for extra hours after the regular work ours is quite common these days and that too without any incentive or merely a promise of it.

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      7 years ago

      first you clearly . u r thing as right

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      9 years ago from Iowa

      I just found this article. Wow it is impressive that you can be so prolific and do such great quality writing. Kudos.

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      job interview tips 

      10 years ago

      Brilliant! It is really nice to read a post from someone that knows a subject well and is able to get their point across.

      Done a nice job!

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      Sandra James 

      11 years ago from Chennai

      Reached here via the Grizz's blog .. I must say I admire your writing . I would appreciate if would visit my hubpage and leave some constructive remarks .

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi traffickahuna! Join Hub Pages with us at this link and tell us about Traffic Kahuna:

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      11 years ago from Pittsburg

      Great hub! Thanks for the advice!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you, Ron and Gadzooks! Best success to you both!

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      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub thanks, I have changed career a couple of times now, it makes a big difference doing something you are happy doing...!

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      Rob Jundt 

      11 years ago from Midwest USA

      Excellent writing and great advice. Doing what you love to do and getting paid for it is a career goal for everyone. I hope to find this balance some day. It takes baby steps for sure. I look forward to reading your other quality hubs. You have a lot of wisdom to share.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Yes, that's the ticket. Ever read the book, "Do what you love, the money will follow"? In this economy, the money may come after people starve to death doing what they love!

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      11 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wonderful! Now, if I could just find someone to pay me well enough to do what I love... :-)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks very much! I worked on this under Preventive Medicine in teh areas of employee retention, job stress, workplace dynamics, training, and others. The I was able to put it to use in a workforce development career that included adult continuing education, college prep and admissions, GED, ESOL, work readiness, work maturity, and welfare reform. I hope to bring a lot more of my material to Hub Pages very soon.

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      Graceful Guardian 

      11 years ago

      Yes I agree,you sure covered a lot of ground on this issue,and I am sure it will help people to make a difference in the job market.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you Eileen! I think this information will be pretty useful to people. Work should not be punishment!

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      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      You sure have covered every aspect in this hub. I had not actually thought of the persons personality as making a difference, Integrity yes. And I can see how their character can suit some and not others now. Great hub Thanks


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