Do you love hearing yourself? Do you love to talk? Are you happiest when you’re around other people? If so, you should look for jobs for a ‘people’ person. It’s worth thinking about the things you like when you’re trying to decide what kind of job or career is for you. First, let’s see if you are a people person!
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A PEOPLE PERSON
Are you outgoing and comfortable in groups? Do you enjoy working in teams? If you’re a people person you will feel energised by being around others. You’ll probably prefer busy environments and people may call you extroverted. (Introverts, in comparison, recharge by spending time alone.)
TOP JOBS FOR A PEOPLE PERSON
Sales representative | Sales representatives identify what a client needs and work to sell a product or service. It helps if you’re talkative! You’ll need good communication and people skills. Sales representatives work in many industries, but jobs are often in building supplies, business services and household goods. You will usually need a Certificate II or III, or at least a year of relevant experience to do this job.
Receptionist | Receptionists are the face of an organisation’s office. They meet with visitors and organise the activities and meetings of other people. Common roles are in health care, accommodation, food services, and professional services. In this job, it will help if you have good people skills, can provide good customer service and be well presented. You will also usually need a Certificate II or III or one year of relevant experience.
Teacher | Like to try life out in front of the class instead of at the back? Teachers work with students to identify their educational needs and mentor them to improve. Teachers work in a range of settings including primary and high schools, TAFE, and universities. You will need at least a Bachelor Degree or Postgraduate Diploma.
Nurse | Registered nurses provide care to patients in hospitals and other health care facilities. Nurses provide personal assistance, medication or emotional support to patients and others. It helps if you like to help others and can work independently. To be a registered nurse, check out these courses in Nursing.
Bar attendant, barista or waiter | If you like working in busy environments, the hospitality industry might be for you. There are many hospitality roles you can consider. Bar staff prepare and serve drinks or coffee in bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Baristas make coffee and other drinks in cafes and other outlets. Waiters work closely with customers to take orders and serve food.
NEED MORE INSPIRATION?
There are lots more jobs that require you to work closely with people. Check out fitness instructor, travel agent, event planner, aged and disabled carer, or public relations.
Could your beliefs be holding you back from having a successful job interview? It’s tough to change your mindset and it’s definitely scary to think about! But don’t worry – by becoming aware of these beliefs you could improve your chances.
“Each of us process things differently” says Maria Smith, founder of jobs training organisation Bounce Australia. We do this according to our “model of the world” or how we see things.
Things that might be stopping you from having a successful job interview:
– You have a belief that says, ‘I can’t do job interviews’
– You have a memory or a picture of a time when you didn’t do well at a job interview.
– Your body responds and you get nervous. You might start to tap your foot or you might start to sweat – a lot!
Smith says if you have a negative belief about interviews and a bad memory of an interview, it can strongly affect your performance. These beliefs and memories can leave you with a negative view of how things might go. They can also make you lack confidence in yourself, frightened and stressed out.
None of these things will help you in your interview!
But there is a way to turn things around.
Smith says that when we start to do something big, like prepare for a job interview, it’s a good idea to ask ourselves whether any negative beliefs we have are justified. So, if we’re feeling jitter, we can ask ourselves what’s really going on. Is the reaction we’re having due to what’s happening here and now? Or is it due to our beliefs about interviews or memories of an interview in the past?
By separating these out, we become free to relax when we go to a job interview!
Here are some helpful tips to help you with your next job interview:
Preparation |Have you thought of answers to possible questions? Have you researched the organisation? Decided what to wear?
Helpful thinking | Focus on your positives to give yourself a chance.
Visualisation |Picture yourself doing the interview and doing well. Do this several times.
Relaxation |Practice deep breathing. Keep your mind and body calm by exercising, and sleeping and eating well.
Perseverance |Even if you don’t get the job, you can notice what you did well and where you could improve to help you next time. You can also ask interviewers for feedback afterwards.