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Beth Person

7. Reviewing Strengths & Boosting Job Search Readiness

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Introduction 00

By now you very likely have had some experiences with on-campus interviewing (OCI) and are developing a better sense of what sort of legal professional you hope to become. Yet getting this into sharper focus would help you feel better prepared and more at ease as you plan the next steps in your career plan. Reviewing the sort of thinking, working, motivational, and business development style you possess, as well as digging into how these qualities intersect with the sort of work environments and core values that feel right for you, will foster greater self-awareness and support your overall job search readiness. Utilize the material in this report and the accompanying activities to assess your job “fit-factor” and to better align yourself with those career possibilities that will bring out your best.

Authentic Career Alignment 01

This section uses your personality type to help illustrate what sort of work aligns you

In this section, you will see how your personality type represents the values you hold and how that coincides with which working environments will fit you best.  Finding a career that aligns with your values and provides a suitable environment for your personality type will lead to a more fulfilling and productive career.

Work that aligns well with Beth

  • There are several opportunities to demonstrate competence
  • The work allows you to utilize your natural ability to analyze and make objective, logical decisions
  • The work involves theory and speculation
  • The work involves creativity, imagination and a creative approach to problem solving
  • The work involves looking beyond the present i.e., future possibilities, future products, future actions
  • The work is not limited to what exists today but involves "what may be" and "what could be"

Those with Beth's personality prefer careers where

  • Management allows people to be self-directed
  • The culture appreciates fair but tough decision-making
  • The work offers the opportunity to rapidly change direction and to respond to problems as they arise
  • The work is fun and allows for some spontaneity
  • You can apply your natural ability to focus and concentrate, rather than multitasking
  • The environment allows for freedom and flexibility and is loosely structured without too many rules
  • The environment, culture and pace allow you to consider things fully before having to respond
  • The work allows you to work at a careful steady pace
  • The work allows you adequate private time to work alone and to concentrate
  • The environment allows for freedom and flexibility and is loosely structured without too many rules
Authentic Career Alignment Authors
Original work by: Michael Robinson © Step Research Corporation

Four Styles of Working as a Lawyer 02

This section takes a look at your Thinking, Working, Motivational, and Business Development Styles to highlight your natural abilities, core values, preferred work environments, and how these fit within the practice of law.

This section details a person's natural abilities, core values and preferred work environments, including the cultural factors and management styles that will lead to a good fit.

A list of the natural talents and abilities common to individuals with this person's personality type is listed below; any new job, career, or work setting that they are considering will hopefully leverage many of these natural talents and abilities.

Thinking Style

  • Comfortable in the abstract & concrete: Beth is comfortable working through complex, multidimensional issues as well as simple, more concrete problems.
  • Straight-forward: She prefers to work on matters that follow a straight-forward path or fall within a pre-defined, predictable scope.
  • Habitual, routine: Beth exhibits comfort in following a predictable or routine pattern over seeking new experiences.
  • Logical: Beth defaults to logic and critical thinking when analyzing an issue. She is adept at pattern recognition and reasoning.
  • Optimistic: Beth tends to have a positive outlook towards life and events and she focuses in on the good in people or situations. This disposition is helpful for getting along with others and often leads to general happiness with one's career and life. Caution -- Beth must remember to consider what might go wrong (play devil's advocate) when advocating legal issues or working on business transactions to ensure she is properly representing the client fully. Only focusing on the positive outcome will negatively affect one's representation of the client's best interest.
  • Risk-Averse: Beth tends to prefer conventional or well-established methods that will produce an expected outcome to a matter or transaction as opposed to methods that may potentially lead to failure.
  • Skeptical but not jaded: She tends to be somewhat skeptical, particularly when considering the motives of opposing parties/counsel. This is an important trait for making informed judgments in client situations.

Working Style

  • Can perform with or without direction: Beth is able to get the job done with minimal input but will not resist direction or guidance.
  • Respectful debater: Beth enjoys the challenge of convincing others but will allow them to maintain their point of view. She does not necessarily need to believe in the arguments she makes, but it helps.
  • More sympathetic than empathetic: Beth is capable of intellectually appreciating another person's experience, but is less adept at genuinely connecting with another's experience emotionally. She may not recognize more subtle aspects of communication.
  • Can solve problems in group or alone: Beth is comfortable solving problems in either a group setting or alone, depending upon the situation and availability of others.
  • Collegial: Beth performs well as a teammate but can also step away from the group and continue to perform well on her own.
  • Prefer closure on tasks before changing gears: Beth is capable of multitasking but her preferred work style is one or two important initiatives at a time. Beth can demonstrate urgency, but prefers to work at a steady pace.
motivation

Motivational Style

  • Strong facade: Beth is capable of handling criticism or rejection but may question her convictions and experience some feelings of insecurity.
  • Goal-setter: Beth frequently sets goals for planning purposes or for measuring personal or organizational success. For her, goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about the future, and for motivating herself to turn this vision of the future into reality. Multiple studies have shown that goal-setting has been found to be common among highly successful people.
  • Diligent: She tends to persevere through difficult circumstances in life and career. This is an important trait in the practice of law and especially for working in the large law firm environment.
  • Confident: She is confident in her abilities but occasionally will seek validation from others.
  • Proactive: Beth frequently takes initiative on tasks without requiring instruction or supervision of others. A lawyer with strengths in this area will frequently recognize the need to complete a task, develop a plan for completing the task and begin executing towards completion of the task all on one's own.

Business Development Style

  • Client sympathetic when focused: Beth is capable of recognizing and understanding another's experience but does not always leave them with a genuine sense of having been understood. She can adjust her behavior based on the interpersonal situation but this requires a conscious effort.
  • Can listen well when focused: Although Beth listens to others and may pick up the facts in a conversation, she may miss the subtleties and may be inclined to fill in any gaps with her own assumptions.
  • Poised, commanding: Beth exhibits a sense of ease, poise, and self-assurance. She can 'turn it on' to command a room or conversation with an attracting energy and attitude. When used purposefully this can be a highly effective tool for professional interactions.
  • Sociable when needed: Beth is comfortable in social situations and she appreciates the benefit of networking, but both require effort.
Four Styles of Working as a Lawyer Authors
Original work by: Sterling Bates Mark Levin Karl Schmitt © Step Research Corporation

Practice Area Detailed Fit Analysis 03

This section shows how you fit in different practice areas based on your scores from the Sheffield Assessment.

This section compares you to attorneys who most match your personality traits and are also satisfied with their careers, so you may see how you might fit in different practice areas.  Click the list of practice areas on right to browse each one.

There are many factors to the achievement of success and satisfaction in each practice area.  Your score takes into account all of the traits that we have determined are relevant to your satisfaction, even though the Detailed Fit Analysis will only show your top three matched traits. 

Practice Area Detailed Fit Analysis Authors
Original work by: Sterling Bates Mark Levin Karl Schmitt © Step Research Corporation

Work Setting Detailed Fit Analysis 04

This section shows how you fit in different work settings based your scores from the Sheffield assessment.

This section compares you to attorneys who most match your personality traits and are also satisfied with their careers, so you may see how you might fit in different work settings.  Click the list of work settings on right to browse each one.

There are many factors to the achievement of success and satisfaction in each work setting.  Your score takes into account all of the traits that we have determined are relevant to your satisfaction, even though the Detailed Fit Analysis will only show your top three matched traits. 
Work Setting Detailed Fit Analysis Authors
Original work by: Sterling Bates Mark Levin Karl Schmitt © Step Research Corporation