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What Type of Job Are You Looking For?

By: Chris Nickson - Updated: 23 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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When you're thinking about a job to bring in a second income you need to think as deeply as you would about a full-time job. No one wants to have to do a job they hate; given the least bit of choice, you wouldn't do that with a full-time job, so why do it for something part-time?

The first thing you need to do is consider the type of person you are. Are you outgoing or introverted? Are you detail-orientated or more casual in your approach to life?

Types Of People

Some people are shy, others are the life of the party. You need to figure out where you fall on the personality spectrum - although you almost have a good idea already.

Your personality defines you, and also serves as a guide to the best kind of work for you. Most of us, at one time or another, have had jobs we didn't enjoy, where we didn't fit in, and that was usually because of our own personalities.

Getting that proper fit is always important. Even if it's just part-time, you want to be in a workplace where you feel comfortable, not just with the work, but also with your colleagues. It doesn't matter if it's just 10 hours a week or 40, you really don't want to have to dread going there.

It's important to remember that when you apply for a job and you're going through the interview process, you need to ask questions as well as answer them. Ask about the workplace, and details about the job. That doesn't just mean the salary (although obviously that's important), but specific duties, whether you'll be interacting with customers, and so on. The more information you have, the better idea you'll have of whether this is right for you.

Types Of Jobs

Obviously, there are many types of jobs, but they really boil down into two categories - ones that involved contact with the public and ones that don't.

If you're the shy, introverted type, uncomfortable with other people, then working with the public definitely isn't for you, be it in a retail environment or even more removed, such as at a call centre. On the other hand, retail and phone work can be a perfect fit for the outgoing and gregarious.

If you don't function well under pressure or deadlines, then you need to avoid jobs which contain too many of those. The last thing you need is extra stress in your life when you're simply trying to make a little more money.

You might be a very physical person who thrives on exercise. If so, something like warehouse work could be right up your street. Those who love to be on the road could enjoy driving jobs, such as parcel delivery. In other words, there are plenty of possibilities, no matter the type of person you are. The solution is not to apply for everything, hoping you at least get an interview. Go for the jobs that suit you well.


You may already have a job you love, but for a second income want to do something entirely different that brings out another facet of your personality (and they do say that a change is as good as a rest). That's fine; none of us is a single thing. As long as it works with your personality, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't thoroughly enjoy what you do.

One of the biggest changes can be working for yourself. That, too, demands a certain type of personality. You have to be a go-getter, willing to put yourself forward, so if you're the retiring sort, it might not be your cup of tea. Also, if you don't enjoy dealing with paperwork, think twice before starting a business, because you'll find mountains of paperwork ahead of you, as well as having to deal with bureaucracy.

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