A Psychologist's Thoughts on Finding the Right Job

A Psychologist's Thoughts on Finding the Right Job

Choosing the right job is a challenge. And it should be. The decision will have a significant impact on the rest of your life.

You’ll get plenty of advice about doing what you love and following your passion, but the decision needs to be practical as well. Here are a few psychology-based tips for finding the right job.  

1. The Right Mindset for the Right Job

With happiness and passion somewhere in the back of the plan, look for a career that matches your values and skills. Even more so, according to Heidi Grant Halvorson, a psychologist and author that’s written about looking for the right job, you want to choose a job that’s motivational. According to Dr. Halvorson, there are two distinct types of thinking for finding the job that motivates you:

a) Promotion Focused

While this should be a common goal for anyone looking at the right job, there are individuals that want and seek out positions with the potential for advancement and rewards. These people tend to share traits such as being creative and innovative. Always looking for alternatives and options, they have no fear of risk, gladly leaping at opportunities to get ahead. Unfortunately, the promotion-focused individual is more likely to regret their actions, being overly confident about their options.

b) Prevention Focused

These individuals are more concerned with job security. They like the idea of getting up every day and going to work, taking comfort in having a job. These individuals aren’t interested in rocking the boat and aren’t necessarily looking to climb the ladder. They work hard and fulfill their responsibilities. They tend to be thorough, reliable, and good at anticipating problems. Their analytical thinking fuels reasoning and attention to detail. On the other hand, prevention-focused worker will be rigid and leery of change. They may even work slower than most.

Understanding where you fall in the two categories above will help you evaluate what may be the right job for you. Different careers are going to require different motivations. Even different positions in different organizations are going to require different degrees of motivation. People are more likely to accept a fit that works with their levels of motivation—it leads to better productivity and value of work.

2. Looking for the Right Job

Once you’ve established whether you’re on the promotional or preventative side, you have a better chance of finding a job that’s going to suit you and your lifestyle.

Promotion-focused individuals should be looking at jobs that promise growth and advancement. You want a challenging position that expects quick thinking and a daring attitude. A role that’s as fast paced as you are. The tech industry is a good example. It’s a field that’s growing and changing all the time, and hard work can lead to incredible reward.

Prevention-focused workers want jobs that are stable. Where plans don’t necessarily fall apart and, when they do, contingencies are already in place. Dr. Halvorson suggests getting into the data industry or becoming an accountant or contract lawyer—fields that are always going to be needed.

3. The Entrepreneur

These individuals—looking for independence—fall somewhere in between promotion and prevention focus. They’ll need the courage to throw themselves into risky ventures, yet have the wherewithal to know when to step carefully. It’s probably best that if you’re entrepreneurial, you have a good ear that’s the opposite of your promotional or preventive thinking. This way you balance each other out.

4. Lesson Learned

Remember, no matter the job, you’ll need a great resume. LiveCareer’s award-winning Resume Builder helps you create a well-written, professional resume—no matter the job or industry.

More Articles about A Psychologist's Thoughts on Finding the Right Job

APS Debuts New Clinical Psychology Publication

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) announced the launch of a new peer-review publication called Clinical Psychological Science

Psychology services helping treat ADHD patients in New York

Doctors at a New York psychology clinic say they are successfully treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, teens and adults through a variety of unique teaching strategies.

University of Rockies Professor Finds Link Between Improv Comedy and Counseling Skills

A psychology professor at the University of the Rockies has found what he calls distinct parallels between those with professional counseling skills on their resumes and improvisational comedy.

Research Studies News Categories

Workplace Trends: How to Find a Cultural Fit

Workplace Trends: How to Find a Cultural Fit

However, the culture of your workplace makes a big difference in whether you feel comfortable and happy. This feeling of comfort directly impacts your work ethic and productivity.

Learn More About Research Studies News

Record Number of Adults Returning to School

Record-breaking numbers of baby boomers are choosing to return to school.

University of Rockies Professor Finds Link Between Improv Comedy and Counseling Skills

A psychology professor at the University of the Rockies has found what he calls distinct parallels between those with professional counseling skills on their resumes and improvisational comedy.

New Survey Finds Education Key to Future Success for Emerging Adults

According to a university poll, nearly 90 percent of respondents ages 18 to 29 said that a college degree will help them eventually get what they want out of life.

Psychology services helping treat ADHD patients in New York

Doctors at a New York psychology clinic say they are successfully treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, teens and adults through a variety of unique teaching strategies.

New Study Finds Demand for Women in Psychology Field

A new study finds that while women are making strides in the workforce, there still is a lack of women in the medical field, especially psychology.

5 Trends that Are Impacting Your Salary

You may not be able to change the trends that impact your salary, but you can certainly learn how to use them in your favor.

Google Looks to Hire From the Humanities

Executives from the internet search engine giant Google say they are looking to hire the company's next wave of employees from what might be an unlikely source - the arts.

New Study Finds Certificate Training Can Lead to High-Paying Careers

A study finds that workers may not need a 4-year college degree in order to find a good, high-paying job.

Humanities Background May Translate into Business Job

Students with a social sciences or humanities background may be able to add a business specialty degree as more schools look to attract a broader range of applicants.

Jobs, Earnings for College Graduates on the Rebound

As companies step up hiring, the job market is beginning to improve for those who have recently added a college degree to their resume.

Job Search Trend Finds More Adults Enrolled in Continuing Education Courses

The registrar at the University of California at San Diego says enrollments are up at the school's division of adult education.

Salaries for Education Jobs Rise with Degree

A look at recent data finds that teachers who want to earn more money may need to add an advanced degree to their resume.

New Report Sheds Light on Most Valuable Majors

A report finds that having a postsecondary degree on a resume is worth the cost of a college education.

The Most Surprising Facts About a Retail Job

LiveCareer shares surprising facts about careers in retail.

Data Finds Country Not Producing Enough College Educated Career Professionals

A study by Georgetown University Center finds the U.S. is falling behind when it comes to filling job positions with professionals who have an advanced degree.

New Survey Stresses Importance of College Education

A new survey has confirmed what many job seekers already know - that having a college degree on a resume can help candidates find work.

Some Older Workers Choose New Degrees Over Retirement

Older workers seeking to stay ahead of changes in the economy or expand upon their savings are commonly switching careers shortly before retiring.

Take Your Dog to Work!

More dogs than ever are accompanying their people to jobs. Here are some statistics to convince your boss to make it happen where you work.

A Psychologist's Thoughts on Finding the Right Job

You’ll get plenty of advice about doing what you love and following your passion, but the decision needs to be practical as well.

Working Moms Opt For Online Education

Online courses are a great option for working moms wishing to further their education and career.

APS Debuts New Clinical Psychology Publication

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) announced the launch of a new peer-review publication called Clinical Psychological Science

Career Tips

Salary Negotiations

Salary Negotiations

Sometime within the next few days, you'll be sitting down at a table and engaging in a negotiation...More

Career Tests

America's #1 Free Career Test!

Know Yourself, Know Your Right Career.

Pathway to Reqarding Career

Ready to discover your true career passion?

Career Tips

5 Tips to Career Change Success

Expert advice 5 tips to career change success

Unless you already started life with a substantial nest egg or you’re related to Bill Gates...More

Live Chat Software