Joe Arrigo spends his workdays as an MBTI counselor and assists clients with resume writing, career development, and organizational conflict, among other activities. Outside of his consulting work, Joe Arrigo enjoys working on puzzles.
Taking up jigsaw puzzles as a hobby has become increasingly popular in the last year or so, and according to a few sources, the reason is because the activity is not only relaxing but also provides the participant the chance to sort out mental chaos. Numerous pieces of literature have connected doing puzzles to several cognitive benefits, including mental sharpness and reasoning advantages.
Since doing puzzles requires concentration, the hobby allows the participant to decompress in a way that is fun and creative. It creates an opportunity for a person to escape for a few hours while focusing on trying to put a million pieces together-creating order from disorder.
While doing the puzzle, the person looks at the picture and the patterns before them to try to make sense of the disorder. Every so often, the person picks up pieces and matches them with others that appear to fit, and sometimes, the pieces fit. At some point, the puzzle’s image comes together, and as each piece is added, it becomes easier to solve.
Ultimately, this relaxing activity reduces stress while also forcing the person to slow down and complete a concrete task that does not involve a device screen. Some people find that the activity has several benefits similar to meditation.
Career Search Benefits of Using the MBTI
California resident Joe Arrigo assists organizations with a range of activities. A career counselor, Joe Arrigo uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help clients with finding a career that is well-suited to their personality and skills set.
The MBTI is a personality assessment that has applications that can be used in career development and search. It is a personality inventory that looks at a person’s qualities and translates these qualities into a language that can be used for real-world applications. Keeping in mind, the assessment looks at personality attributes, and in no way can be used to diagnose a person for particular conditions, for example, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The assessment contains four categories of personality types: energy style, thinking, values, and lifestyles. These dimensions are measured on a continuum of polar opposites. For example, the dimension for extraversion is paired with introversion. Based on responses to the inventory, a person is classified in one of four areas.
MBTI has a variety of applications, but in terms of career development, it provides users with a few benefits. First, the assessment helps job hunters target specific skills, both weak and strong. This can be used to find employment opportunities that will allow them to use their stronger skills, and if desired, hone on weak areas for growth.
For a job seeker who is not quite sure about what field to enter, the MBTI can help them narrow down their career options. For example, personality assessment can help determine if someone prefers to work with people or to work alone. This piece of information can help a person eliminate fields that are not appropriate for these personality types, for example, an introvert might not want a position requiring they interact with the public.
Finally, this assessment can be used to help a person find the appropriate work environment. For example, an introvert might want to work in a quieter space while an extrovert might eschew a quieter environment to work with others.
After working in sales for six years, Joe Arrigo worked in career development both as a recruiter and independently for his own firm Advisr Enterprises. As a consultant, Joe Arrigo assists his clients with seeking employment through resume writing.
Resumes run the gamut from very long and detailed to short and concise, but regardless of the type, the resume should contain important information outside of job experience. The whole purpose of preparing a resume is to highlight work experience, so it goes without saying, that this information would be included.
The resume should also contain other germane information that highlights the person’s skills. First and foremost, a person’s resume should contain a concise statement explaining the person’s objective/s. These objectives will summarize the activities the person wants to accomplish in the job or long-term.
Listing any academic degrees, certifications, or credentials is important. Depending on the profession and the position, content knowledge is required to perform the duties of the job, so including this information is essential.
Another piece of information that might be added to a resume is related to volunteer work or accomplishments. This information highlights other skills a candidate possesses, in addition to showing the manager the person is willing to work beyond the minimum standard that is required.
On a personal level, candidates might include information related to qualities. This information can include personal interests or job-related skills.
Finally, the prospective employer has to have a way to contact the hire. For this reason, including contact information that contains the person’s name, phone number, and email. Depending on the comfort level, some people might also include a physical address.
Incorporating Keywords into a Resume
Experienced recruiter Joe Arrigo shares tips for job applicants on his blog and YouTube channel, JoeRecruiter. Joe Arrigo is also an IT staffing specialist for Modis in Sacramento. Additionally, he offers resume consulting services through his boutique advisory firm, Advisr Enterprises.
In today’s job market, writing an effective resume requires an understanding of the ways recruiters and companies use keywords in the screening process. Many companies now accept resumes only online, where they undergo a keyword scan performed by a software system. This means resumes that fail to incorporate keywords may never be seen by human eyes.
The first place to look for keywords is in the job description. This description includes any credentials, specific skills, or work experience required. Previous job titles should reflect the way roles are labeled by the target organization. For example, a customer service position could be renamed as a client support position or an after-sales representative.
Outside of his varied professional pursuits, Joe Arrigo enjoys reading and weightlifting, working out four times per week. He also reads upward of 50 books per year and enjoys ping pong, darts, and partaking in political discussion.