How to use your personality strengths in a job hunt

January 26, 2010 at 2:58 am Leave a comment

Job seekers are constantly told that it’s all about your attitude — one has to be hopeful, positive and collegial yet fiercely competitive, driven and organized to land a job.  Yet how can one person be all those things — and still true to their own nature? (For yet another piece of advice routinely given job hunters — especially about interviews — is to “be yourself.”)

Without, I hope, sounding too much like an armchair Dr. Phil, here is some advice on how to use your own personality strengths to good advantage during a job hunt. Though for each of these strengths, a hiring expert and a psychologist friend I consulted caution that there are potential drawbacks one must be ready to acknowledge in job hunting.

Here is some advice for specific personality types:

*The extrovert.  Those who truly like people and enjoy making new contacts — and feel at home at a cocktail party or a conference — have a built-in advantage in job hunting as they are naturals when it comes to the all-important skill of networking. Extroverts also exude confidence and feel comfortable in situations — such as interviews — where others get nervous and stumble. Obviously, extroverts should use these skills to their best advantage and mine their networks as much as possible in their job hunt. Yet extroverts sometimes can get ahead of themselves and figure that they’ve impressed other people and therefore are likely to win a job. Overconfidence can be a drawback — other people may like them but not necessarily consider them a strong candidate for the position. Extroverts should remember that getting other people to like you isn’t the end goal — it’s getting them to respect you and feel confident about your skills and abilities for a particular job.

*The organized, deliberate planner. These skills come in handy for researching companies and doing homework on an organization before interviews and tryouts. Planners don’t leave much to chance and therefore are well-prepared for any questions that arise and usually have a “Plan B” and even “Plan C” — thinking about job-hunting like a chess game where they intend to stay one step ahead of the competition. In a tight job market, these skills are important. Yet planners sometimes spend too much time doing research — often at their computer — and not enough getting out to meet people and find those hidden opportunities. Face-to-face meetings are critically important for enlarging one’s network and developing key contacts. And being overly deliberative can sometimes needlessly slow down one’s job search; don’t research for research’s sake — again, the goal is getting the job, not learning everything there is to know about an organization.

*The warrior. A competitive instinct — winning at all costs — is a useful trait these days where for every job opening there are hordes of resumes coming across a hiring manager’s desk. And people like a winning attitude — success is contagious and psyching yourself up to succeed is a meaningful skill. Yet this can obviously be taken too far — hiring managers don’t like overly aggressive individuals and especially don’t like people who they think may have difficulty fitting into an organization. It’s best to temper that competitive instinct with politeness and respect for others.

*The technician. This personality type has developed skills that they promote well through a polished resume, cover letter and a flawless pitch. Like the planner, the technician is detail-oriented and leaves little to chance. This personality type often knows themselves well and has found a niche where they feel comfortable. And they often do well in job hunts as they are looking for those type of jobs that speak to their specific skills. Yet, as with the planner, technicians can sometimes focus too narrowly and miss opportunities. While it’s important to have depth in one’s skills, it’s also key in a competitive job market to remain open to possibilities both in terms of specific jobs and in organizations that you may not initially have considered. This personality type may need to get out of their “comfort zone” a bit and seek a broader set of job opportunities.

*As always, a variety of job and internship leads — today’s are heavy in broadcasting and video:

*Fox 5 TV in D.C. has an opening for a promotions producer/editor:

PROMOTIONS PRODUCER/EDITOR: WASH., DC. Fox 5/My20 is looking for a talented “Preditor” to join our team of marketing specialists. Candidate will write/produce on-air promotions for both stations of duopoly. Responsibilities include promotions for news topicals, network shows, syndicated programming, Public Service and occasionally radio. Candidate must be a strong communicator with exceptional visual and scriptwriting skills. Must be able to produce high-end news topicals under challenging deadlines. Avid Adrenaline or Final Cut Pro experience including incorporating graphic animation and elaborate audio tracks a must. A college degree and a minimum of 2-3 years experience producing topicals, news series and image advertising in medium to large television market preferred.

For consideration, please forward resume and letter of interest to: Human Resources Department, WTTG & WDCA FOX Television Stations, Inc., 5151 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. Fax: 202-895-3286 Web site:; NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

*Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism has a five-month opening in its D.C. program for a videography instructor:

*Adjunct Instructor Videography, Washington, D.C.*
*Four days a week for 21 weeks, beginning March 29 and ending Aug. 27,
2010 *
*Deadline for Applications: Feb. 15*

The Medill School of Journalism seeks an accomplished video storyteller
with experience in public affairs, business or science journalism to
join the school’s unique program in Washington, D.C. The job is a
fulltime, temporary adjunct position.

The successful applicant will be an outstanding visual storyteller with
experience in original video production for broadcast and non-broadcast
platforms and a strong record of enterprise journalism.

He/she will be able to teach techniques that include, but are not
limited to, audio collection, voice coaching, field producing,
non-linear editing, creation of news packages and longer-form
storytelling for digital platforms.

He/she will work with a range of students who are studying interactive
and multimedia journalism, videography/broadcast, and/or specialist
reporting in public affairs, business or science/health/environmental

The position is not a full-time faculty position. It is an adjunct
position for five months beginning March 29.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

Salome Angrand
Office Manager
Medill News Service
1325 G St. NW, Suite 730
Washington, DC 20005 <>

*The hat tip on the next lead is — it’s for a marketing consultant for Centennial Broadcasting and WBQB in Fredericksburg:

Centennial Broadcasting II, LLC/ B 101.5 WBQB Fredericksburg are looking for an experienced Marketing Consultant to work the Northern Virginia, Maryland, D.C. area. This person should have a minimum of 3 years broadcast sales experience, strong communication and presentation skills and a proven track record in development of new business with both agencies and direct advertisers. Excellent earning potential with base salary, commission and benefits package. EOE, Send cover letter and resume to

*Washington Council Ernst & Young has a (well-paying) opening for a health care writer/analyst in D.C.

Job title: Health Care Writer Analyst – WAS0001V
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Job location: Washington, DC   United States
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Requisition code:
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Date posted: 01/25/10
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Job type: Full-Time
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Compensation: $100K+
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Job Classification

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Job Description

Job description:
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Washington Council Ernst & Young (WCEY) represents clients in all significant aspects of federal tax and health care legislation. Our professionals have been extensively involved in all major tax bills considered by Congress during the last 25 years, either through their positions in government or in the private sector. The scope of the tax practice involves active representation on legislative, treaty and regulatory matters before the Congress, the White House, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.

*And last but certainly not least, The Fiscal Times has a paid internship available at its D.C. office:

The Fiscal Times, a new, independent online news service focusing on the budget, health care, taxes and international economics, is seeking a PAID intern in its Washington office. We have a small full-time staff, so there are opportunities to take on wide-ranging responsibilities.  Hours will begin early morning.  Duties may include:

  • Working in our content management system and some daily production responsibilities
  • Bookkeeping and paperwork
  • Online research
  • Multimedia production

Please send a resume and brief cover letter to Please describe your familiarity with our issues and your experience with Web and multimedia applications such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Soundslides, Flash, Twitter, etc.

Learn more about us at:

Happy hunting!



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