I wasn’t either, until I did three things.
It is, of course, always awesome when our team gets emails or tweets from users saying how spot on their pymetrics results were. That reaffirmation makes both our users and us feel really satisfied.
But sometimes we get an email from a user that says we were “way off” or “totally missed the mark” - why would an engineer get a top fit as Marketing? Or a designer get matched to Sales and Trading?
Unfortunately, people can get rubbed the wrong way when they are doing something totally different from what their pymetrics results recommend. Just like me.
I work in business development. Let’s look at my pymetrics fit to that area:
Yikes. I better hope Frida, our CEO, doesn’t see this post…
Well, maybe my top fit careers are relevant to Business Development, that would make things okay:
Hm... Venture Capital (I’m cool with that, I’ve always wanted to work in VC!), Accounting (um, what? I still have nightmares about my college Accounting class.), Strategic Planning (Ok, I’ll take that).
But none are that relevant to Business Development. I’m not going to lie - I questioned myself, and pymetrics...am I in the wrong career? Am I bad at my job? Why don’t I know myself better? Maybe pymetrics just didn’t give me a very good evaluation.
Then, after showing my own results over and over again in dozens of demos, it began to hit home. I realized three things I needed to do with my pymetrics report:
- Take the time to understand why you're getting the results you are When I dug deeper into my traits, my report actually made a lot more sense. I am incredibly attentive to detail (I credit this to my father, an artist who notices everything); I notice if there is an extra space on the 43rd page of a 100 page document. I will also read the ENTIRE document. Accountants = detail oriented, enjoy repetitive, possibly tedious tasks. BD/Salespeople = big picture thinkers, a tad impulsive, make decisions quickly.
- Embrace it At first I didn’t have a great urge to share my career report. Are people going to question me? Wonder why I’m in my current role? Judge me?? But actually, my report is a great way to show folks the other things that I’m really good at beyond my current role. People don’t automatically assume I’m terrible at my job because Business Development isn’t in my list of recommended industries. pymetrics is meant to help you discover possibilities, not judge your current lifestyle.
- Use (or don’t use) all your traits to your advantage My attention to detail will never go away, but I now know how strong of a trait it is for me, and that sometimes, I need to dial it back. Sometimes, its not a helpful trait in my current role. Knowing this and managing it has made me much better in a business development role. I’ve learned to not sweat the small details, and just move forward. Increasing your self-awareness is valuable, but actually using that awareness to evolve is crucial.
Jess Barrett is head of business development at pymetrics, and is a NYC native that is obsessed with cute animals (particularly baby goats and puppies) and loves to cook.