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.
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.