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Use Your DISC Style to Elevate Your Job Search Campaign

blue, red, green, and yellow DISC logo and text that says what is your DISC style?As part of my work with job seekers, I administer a DISC assessment, a communications and behavioral strengths assessment, to determine their DISC style. I use this assessment to get to know my clients better so I can help them stand out from the competition in their resumes and enhance their self-awareness, which can in turn help them during the job search and interviewing process.

By understanding the four main DISC styles—Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness—you can learn your natural strengths and tendencies so you can seek out roles that let you play to those strengths, as well as become aware of others’ strengths. This allows you to adapt your communication style to better connect with other people by treating them how they like to be treated, which DISC trainer Tony Alessandra calls “The Platinum Rule.”

Below are brief descriptions of each DISC style. Most people have a predominant style and a secondary style. For instance, I am naturally a high “S” but also have “C” and “I” tendencies depending on the situation. I encourage you to read and reflect on this information to help you determine your predominant style.

Note that there are no “right” or “wrong” or “better” or “worse” styles. In fact, in a workplace setting, it is advantageous to have all DISC styles represented. A diversified team tends to be a stronger, more effective team. In other words, each style has its own strengths and weaknesses.

What Is Your DISC Style?

Dominance

Are you the type of person who’s always ready to take the reins and lead the charge? If so, you might be a D.

People who exhibit Dominance as their primary style are characterized by their assertiveness, directness, and desire for control. They are often goal-oriented, decisive, and thrive in environments where they can take charge and drive results. In a job search scenario, knowing your Dominance style can empower you to pursue leadership roles where you can leverage your natural inclination for decision-making and initiative-taking. Highlighting your ability to drive projects to completion and lead teams effectively can make a significant impact during interviews and networking opportunities.

Dominance Traits
  • Strengths: administration, leadership
  • Weaknesses: impatient, insensitive to others, poor listener
  • Occupations: top executive, military leader
  • Irritations: indecision, inefficiency
  • Seeks: productivity

Influence

Are you the life of the party, the social butterfly who can charm their way through any conversation? If this sounds like you, you might be an I.

Those with an Influence style are known for their sociability, enthusiasm, and persuasive abilities. They excel in building relationships, fostering teamwork, and energizing others with their optimism. When applying for jobs, individuals with an Influence style can leverage their networking skills to expand their professional connections and uncover new opportunities. Their ability to communicate persuasively and build rapport can be invaluable in interviews, where they can showcase their capacity to inspire and influence others positively.

Influence Traits
  • Strengths: persuading, brainstorming, motivating
  • Weaknesses: disorganized, careless, poor follow-through
  • Occupations: sales, performing artist
  • Irritations: routine, perfectionism
  • Seeks: applause 

Steadiness

Do you value stability, consistency, and a harmonious work environment above all else? If so, you are likely an S.

Steadiness is characterized by a calm demeanor, reliability, and a preference for stability. People with this style are excellent listeners, empathic, and excel in roles that require patience and consistency. In a job search context, understanding your Steadiness style can guide you toward environments where teamwork, collaboration, and a supportive atmosphere are valued. Emphasizing your reliability, adaptability, and willingness to contribute to a harmonious work environment can make you a desirable candidate for positions that prioritize interpersonal dynamics and team cohesion.

Steadiness Traits
  • Strengths: listening, teamwork, follow-through
  • Weaknesses: oversensitive, slow to begin action, poor at goal setting
  • Occupations: social worker, teacher
  • Irritations: insensitivity, impatience
  • Seeks: acceptance

Conscientiousness

Are you the detail-oriented perfectionist who is good at problem-solving and creating systems? If you’re nodding your head, you’re probably a C.

Individuals with a Conscientiousness style are meticulous, analytical, and detail oriented. They thrive in environments where precision, accuracy, and thoroughness are essential. In the job search process, leveraging your Conscientiousness style can help you excel in roles that require strategic thinking, problem-solving, and attention to detail. Highlighting your organizational skills, ability to manage complex tasks, and commitment to quality can set you apart as a candidate who brings rigor and precision to the table.

Conscientiousness Traits
  • Strengths: planning, problem-solving, systematizing
  • Weaknesses: perfectionist, critical, unresponsive
  • Occupations: engineer, accountant
  • Irritations: unpredictability, disorganization
  • Seeks: precision

The Value of DISC in Your Job Search

Understanding your DISC style goes beyond self-awareness; it equips you with actionable insights that can elevate your job search strategy and enhance your professional interactions. By recognizing your communication preferences and behavioral tendencies, you can tailor your approach to interviews, networking, and career development opportunities. Moreover, embracing the diversity of DISC styles fosters a culture of understanding, respect, and collaboration in the workplace, ultimately contributing to collective success and fulfillment.

How Can I Take a DISC Assessment and Find Out My DISC style?

If you are interested in learning more or taking a DISC assessment, please feel free to contact me. I am a Certified DISC Communications Consultant and offer assessments and consulting to help you fully understand and appreciate your unique DISC style.


Source: Tony Alessandra, The DISC Platinum Rule: Do Unto Others as They’d Like Done Unto Them (training manual/ebook that accompanied my certification course).

Heidi owns and operates Career Path Writing Solutions, a communications consulting firm dedicated to helping individuals and businesses communicate when it matters most. She delights in helping job seekers navigate career change and guiding business owners to present their value proposition persuasively. Heidi earned her PhD in history from Duke University and teaches professional development for various university programs and organizations. She holds certifications in resume writing, interview preparation, and empowerment coaching, and sits on the Certification Committee of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches.

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