Taking a Valid Career Test Helps Increase Job Satisfaction, says Career Key

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Taking a valid career test based on Holland’s Theory of Career Choice helps people increase their job satisfaction, according to career planning expert Career Key. By learning what work environments fit them best and how they affect job satisfaction, people can make better job and career matches.

Do you want to be happy in your job?

Greater understanding of one's compatible work environments and job satisfaction will lead to better career decisions.

Taking a valid career test based on Holland’s Theory of Career Choice helps people increase their job satisfaction, according to career planning expert Career Key, http://www.careerkey.org. By learning what work environments fit them best and how they affect job satisfaction, people can make better job and career matches.

At a time of low job satisfaction, job insecurity, and stagnant wages, workers may wonder if there is anything they can do to improve how they feel about work. Good news! There are two ways to increase job satisfaction right away:

(1) Identify one’s most compatible work environments.

People can start by taking a scientifically valid career test or career assessment, like the Career Key, that measures Holland’s six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Each type corresponds to a work environment, one that people with similar interests and personality create together.

Research shows that this “personality-career match,” choosing a work environment that is compatible with a person’s strongest Holland personality types, is more likely to lead to higher job satisfaction, salaries, and career success.

(2) Learn about the different types of job satisfaction and the influence of one’s personal job expectations.

Career Key’s author, nationally recognized counseling psychologist Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, NCC explains how job satisfaction works at the Career Key website. After some self-evaluation, one can then answer the question: is it the job, a specific element of a job (like a supervisor) or the career field that is causing dissatisfaction? Only then can one confidently decide on next steps to increase job satisfaction, like whether to change employers or make a career change.

Greater understanding of one’s compatible work environments and job satisfaction will lead to better career decisions.

About the Career Key
Since 1997, Career Key has been the #1 Internet source for helping people choose careers and college majors. Advertising and registration-free, it offers a valid career test, information, and advice articles based on the best practices and science of career counseling. Career Key’s author is Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, NCC, Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at North Carolina State University.

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