No need to take a career quiz - a new study suggests social media can help find the best job match for your personality
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- If you are not finding success at work, it could be because your personality better aligns with a different job.
- A recent study used machine learning techniques on Twitter data to evaluate the personality traits of users and see how they are associated with various jobs.
- The study found that some occupations had distinct patterns in employees' characteristic traits, which may mean some personalities are better suited for certain types of jobs.
- The researchers wrote in the paper that the findings could potentially help recent graduates, the unemployed, or people hoping to change careers.
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If you are a recent graduate with ambitions for your first job but no idea which one is the perfect fit for you, you might look for online career quizzes to assist in narrowing down your search.However, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that your personal social media accounts could be a surprising way to find a job that matches your personality.
The study found different types of occupations had varying traits and values scores. In addition, the researchers were able to create groups of similar occupations based solely on Twitter digital fingerprints.Here are the main results from the study:
The researchers used machine learning techniques to assess Twitter users' personality traits based on their data.
Predictive modeling showed that it was possible to determine someone's profession based on their digital fingerprint.Advertisement
The job clusters the model created aligned with a standard classification system used by the US labor department.
The study suggested software engineers and tennis players have very different personalities.Advertisement
A similar process could present people looking for a new career with a job field that suits their personality traits.
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