Students start putting Myers Briggs personality type on resumes

Carmel Stephan, career advisor

Illustration by Amelia Ebling.

In the recent wave of students seeking summer employment, several Whitman students resorted to citing their Myers-Briggs personality type under “special skills.” The trend began with psychology senior, Trent Smyth, after he discovered that he has no employable skills; the only interesting anecdote about him is the results of a 15-minute online personality quiz. This phenomenon revealed itself to be shared by most of the psychology students in Smyth’s senior seminar, with the exception of the few students who cited their beer pong ability. 

Unfortunately, Smyth was rejected by several employers because it turned out he shared his Myers-Briggs personality type with Hitler, which looked even worse when he stated in his application that he “preferred to work alone and away from other people, as they distract from my success.” The job application was for a zoo tour guide.  

On the flip side, Millicent Johnson shared personality types with Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne of Green Gables. Even though Johnson is a rather selfish and militant individual (as her first name foretells), she was hired on the grounds that she “must be a kindred spirit.” The job was at Baskin-Robbins. She was fired her third week there for yelling at four different senior citizens to make faster flavor decisions. 

Is this a good method? Well, it’s definitely not accurate, but it may work in your favor. Let’s just hope you’re not an INFJ.