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6. Zeroing in on Work Environments, Values, & How You Stand Out
Introduction 00Back to Table of Contents
Fall semester of 3L kicks off the on-campus interviewing (OCI) process and even if you are not intending to apply for a position at a large law firm, government agency, or accounting or consulting firm, it helps to have your resumé in shape and understand the characteristics that make you to "stand out" from the crowd. You can utilize the material in this report and the accompanying activities to understand more about what makes you tick, become clearer on your core values, and recognize which work environments, in the broadest sense of this term, bring out your best. You can then use this information help you identify work situations that align with your personal characteristics, principles, and preferred working conditions, thus increasing your chances of finding a superior fit.
To get the most out of the Legal Trait Analysis chapter in this report, it helps to know a few things about its format:
- Each of the twenty-two dichotomous traits is laid out in a panel with two poles
- Each pole is labeled with a trait name that describes those who fall on this side of the dichotomy
- Below each trait name is a paragraph that briefly describes the behaviors associated with that trait
- The pole that characterizes you, which is based on your results, is the one with the blue background
- Traits on which your score was very different from the typical attorney in our sample have a yellow border
- The green bar in the center of each trait panel indicates where the scores of the majority of the attorneys in our sample fall (you will notice that for some traits, such as Comfort with Risk, the typical attorney fell firmly on one side of the polarity, Risk-Averse, whereas for others the scores are more evenly distributed between the two poles, Urgency or Trust)
- The smaller vertical blue bar indicates where your score falls in this distribution
Knowing how you stand out from the crowd and what matters most to you can position you to seek optimal workplaces for you, ones where you can give your best and where the environment supports you in doing so. Give yourself the best chance at workplace excellence and job satisfaction by making the most of who you are.
Workplace Fit Factors - Environment, Culture & Values 01Back to Table of Contents
This section uses your personality type to help illustrate what sort of work environments and core values suit you best.
Beth prefers these environmental and cultural attributes at work:
Beth does best at work when the company’s culture aligns with her personal values. Based on her personality type, Beth prefers an environment where:
- Management allows people to be self-directed
- The culture appreciates fair but tough decision-making
- The environment, culture and pace allow you to consider things fully before having to respond
- The environment allows for freedom and flexibility and is loosely structured without too many rules
Beth's core values likely include:
Her professional environment should align with her core values in order to achieve maximum job satisfaction and career success. The common core values for her personality type include:
- Demonstrated competence
- Constant learning
- New challenges
- Being calm, emotion free
- Minimal repetitive work
- Rewards and recognition are for problem solving in creative and innovative ways
- The ability to work without much direction is appreciated
Original work by: Michael Robinson © Step Research Corporation
Legal Trait Analysis 02Back to Table of Contents
This chapter summarizes your results on all 22 traits measured by the Sheffield Assessment and allows you to compare your scores to the range for each trait derived from our database of attorneys
This chapter visually lays out your scores on the 22 traits measured in the Sheffield Assessment and how these compare to the range we computed for each trait using the scores of the attorneys in our global database.
The vertical, blue bar indicates where your score falls on each trait spectrum/trait continuum and the green band indicates the range into which the scores of 95% of attorneys in our sample fall (the mean score, plus two standard deviations in either direction). When your score for a trait falls outside the green band (the range) this is depicted by a yellow border. Being inside the green band on every trait is not a guarantee that you will find success in the legal profession. Moreover, having a score that falls outside of the green band on one or more traits does not mean you cannot become a successful member of the legal profession.
Each trait has a midpoint dividing it into two halves or poles. A pole or half being shaded blue, and its label being highlighted with bold type, tells you that your score lies closer to that pole of the trait spectrum/trait continuum. Because the range of results from the attorneys in our sample (the green band) always straddles the midpoint, neither the distance between your score and the midpoint, nor the side on which your score falls determines the likelihood of your success in the legal profession.
Although there are multiple profiles of successful and satisfied attorneys, when your scores on these traits are more similar to the attorneys in our sample, working in the legal field may be more comfortable. When your scores on these traits are more dissimilar, working in the legal field may be more demanding. However, your personal goals, desire to work in the field, and work ethic will be the most important drivers of success.