Situations for Using the Keirsey Temperament Sorter

Situations for Using the Keirsey Temperament Sorter

Published On: May 21st, 2022Last Updated: January 25th, 2023Categories: Job Seekers Blog, Tips & AdviceTags: ,

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS) is designed to help you understand yourself and how your temperament shapes your career. The report is well known for assisting career professionals, job seekers, and students in the career exploration process.

Download: Sample Keirsey Temperament Sorter (PDF)

KTS offers expert advice on career options, communication tips, interpersonal skills, and custom insights for navigating the job market. Likewise, KTS provides suggested career matches, based on research surveys conducted across a wide spectrum of industry.

Topics KTS Explores

  • Understanding You and Your Career
  • Learning About Your Temperament in the Workplace
  • Choosing the Best Occupation

KTS’ stance when it comes to personality is the following: in a world filled with unique individuals, there are only four different temperaments.

Under those four main personality types exist 16 different types of people. Understanding these personality types and mastering your own can be the keys to achieving your goals.

Four KTS Personality Types

  • Artisan (30% to 35% of population) – typically bold and spontaneous.
  • Guardian (40% to 45% of population) – typically helpful and dutiful.
  • Idealist (15% to 20% of population) – typically spiritual and intuitive.
  • Rational (5% to 10% of population) – typically ingenious and independent.

So, when does it make sense to use KTS?

Selecting a Career Path

KTS is popular with students and young professionals seeking to create alignment between career choices and innate strengths and preferences. Understanding how you ‘tick’ is key when evaluating potential career paths. KTS includes suggested career matches across a broad range of industries, based on the individual personality type.

Making a Career Change

Unhappiness, burnout, and fatigue are key motivators for those seeking career change. Feeling this way is avoidable. But, it requires understanding your own personality and using that information to evaluate potential career paths that compliment your natural traits and tendencies. This is where KTS adds value to those seeking to shift careers.

Job Interviews and Salary Negotiation

KTS offers tips on communication and interpersonal skills, based on individual personality type. This information is useful for refining and improving your performance during job interviews. By understanding your own personality type, you possess the knowledge to convince the interviewer why you’re best suited for the open role.

In Conclusion

When you understand your own personality, you’re better equipped to pick a career path that compliments your style. The knowledge and insights gained by completing the Keirsey Temperament Sorter are applicable in a variety of professional situations. This includes recent graduates selecting their career path, established professionals seeking career change, and anyone going on job interviews.

Ready to take the KTS? Check out our Making a Career Change and Mock Interview Prep programs.

Download the (Sample) Keirsey Temperament Sorter in PDF

About the Author: Doug Levin

Doug Levin is the owner and operator of JobStars USA, a career services practice serving job seekers of all industries and experience levels. He is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and Career Coach (CPCC) with a decade of experience in the Resume Writing niche.

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