If you’re frustrated with your current work situation, your initial impulse may be to look for another job. This may or may not be the best decision, depending on the root causes of your frustration. To discover why you feel this way, and what you should do about it, a good place to start is by learning more about yourself.

Personality type, as described by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument (MBTI®), offers a great deal of insight into preferences for how we think, behave, and communicate at work. Understanding your personality type could have a profound effect on your on-the-job satisfaction.

What motivates you to work in the first place?

The MBTI breaks down personality type description into four letters based on how we draw our energy, take in information, make decisions, and orient ourselves to the external world. However, it is the middle two letters in our four-letter type—which indicate our preferences for “taking in information” and “making decisions” and represent our “main motivators” for work—that play the biggest role in work satisfaction. The degree to which we enjoy or dislike our jobs heavily correlates with the degree to which our tasks and responsibilities align with these particular preferences.

As you size up your own fit with your work, take a look at how your tasks and responsibilities line up with your main motivators, which lie at the core of who you are and indicate the kind of situations and activities in which you naturally thrive. While most of us have some sense of these, we seldom stop and take inventory of what actually makes us tick. However, doing so can pay off in dividends when it comes to job satisfaction.

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