Although many people have found jobs that allow them to flaunt their weaknesses, is is easy to conclude that there is no career that fits your unique flaws. But sometimes the perfect job for you is hiding inside the very words that you use to describe your shortcomings.
- You are a control freak. I've written before about 10 jobs for controlling people, including financial controllers and air traffic controllers.
- You're too critical. There are many jobs for that . . . food critic, music critic, movie critic, etc. You can get some practice by publishing online reviews, judging at local contests or writing for your city's newspaper.
- You're too analytical. Become an analyst. Wikipedia lists more than 15 different types of analysts in a variety of fields and defines an analyst as an individual whose "primary function is a deep examination of a specific, limited area ."
And even when the job isn't hiding inside the words themselves, your flaws still hold the clues to your ideal workplace.
- You're a neat freak. Become a professional organizer. You'd probably be surprised by the number of specialties in this area, including: closet organizers, Feng Shui, ergonomics, space planning, etc. You can get started by joining the National Association of Professional Organizers. I just visited their site and apparently January is National Organizing Month.
- You're a know-it-all. Try teaching, fact-checking, researching or becoming an advice columnist.
Can you think of an example of a job/career that is hiding inside a weakness? If so, I'd love to hear it.