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Creating Your Own Career Script

By Elizabeth and Katherine Hirsh,
authors of Building Your Career Transition Strategy


In high-stakes conflict situations, cooperation and single-minded adherence to command are vital. You need to know that you can count on those around you to follow the script. Going your own way is a last, rather than a first, resort. When pursuing a job or career development opportunity, however, there is no one-size-fits-all prescription. You need to find an approach that works for you. Knowing about personality type by taking CareerPlanner's free Personality Test or the Official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) can help. Type theory recognizes that there are many different personal styles and thus many different ways of being effective.

One example of these style differences involves your preferred mode of taking in information-Sensing or Intuition. Understanding this and starting with the information most meaningful to you should help you narrow your search for a new job or career development opportunity. Further, when a job posting includes information that suits your data gathering style, the position or field will also likely reward attention to this type of data as well.

What does it look like when people with these two different styles are investigating career options or job openings? In reading an online posting, for example, those who prefer Sensing are more likely to focus on the facts, specifics, and details contained in the posting. They want to learn about the daily realities of the job, its essential demands, and how well it fits their particular experience and skill set. Those who prefer Intuition are more likely to be interested in the possibilities, options, and themes suggested by the posting. They want to learn about how the job could offer opportunities to use their imagination, explore cutting-edge ideas, or innovate.

Searching for a new job or career after service can feel overwhelming. Using CareerPlanner's free Personality Test or the Official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) to help you systematically approach opportunities can bring a sense of order and clarity to the process. Knowing your preference for Sensing or Intuition can help you target your search to better suit your needs, interests, and skills.

You can learn more on the topic of personality type and reintegration from Building Your Career Transition Strategy: A Framework for Managing the Reintegration Process. This guidebook is intended for anyone facing the career and life transitions required by reintegration.

Elizabeth and Katherine Hirsh are experts with more than twenty-five year's experience in the application of personality type. You can contact them at


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