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Put Your Personal Style to Work

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


Returning soldiers often feel different from colleagues or fellow job seekers from the civilian world. Many wonder how they will find work that will give them the sense of adventure, excitement, meaning, and purpose that they had while serving.

You might find yourself asking, "What now?" or "Is this all there is?" Although completely natural for a warrior, these questions can be troubling for you as you seek a satisfying new mission. Taking CareerPlanner's free Personality Test or the Official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) to gain more information about your personal style can help you answer these types of questions-and is a good first step on the road to a more fulfilling career.

How might learning about your personality type assist you in making a career change or enriching the job you already have? One approach is to use knowledge of your personality preferences to help you narrow your job or career search to those work environments that might be a good fit based on your personal style.

If, for example, you prefer Extraversion, when you go on an informational interview or check out options at a college, job fair, or career center you could ask:

"Do people in this field value conversation, teamwork, and a willingness to take action?"

Alternatively, if you prefer Introversion you could ask:

"Do people in this field value autonomy, self-motivation, and a willingness to consider ideas in-depth?"

Reintegration back into civilian life is a perfect time to reexamine what's important to you. Use your results from CareerPlanner's free Personality Test or the Official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) to help you reflect on your needs and which work environments or fields of study may suit you. Make it your new mission to put your personal style to work in your transition home.

You can learn more about 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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