The modern workplace is a demanding environment that requires employees to perform in highly specialized positions. The market for these jobs has become intensely competitive leading employers to look beyond traditional qualifications. Personal attributes once considered too taboo to discuss are now potential differentiators. Personality disorders may no longer be something to hide but rather a point of pride for applicants who need their resumes to standout.
Whether you have been clinically diagnosed with a personality disorder or just suspect that you might have one, it is important to know what careers best suit your particular mental illness.
The following resource provides guidance for those looking to parlay their craziness into crazy career opportunities:
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a pattern of grandiosity, an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a lack of empathy toward others.
Best Use: This disorder lends itself to positions of authority and is generally found in C-level executives. While individuals with this trait often excel in upper management and lead their organizations to great profits, most companies would not openly admit to looking for a narcissist. For this reason, alternate self-descriptions or phrases can be useful, such as: ‘purpose driven’ or ‘sense of mission’.
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is characterized by a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility and openness.
Best Use: This disorder is well suited for middle management positions that require an unflinching ability to execute orders with unquestioning precision. Those exhibiting OCD are more likely to adhere to company policy where average employees might deviate in the unsanctioned pursuit of customer service or an unscheduled gain in efficiency.
Paranoid personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others. They perceive danger is everywhere and disregard any evidence to the contrary.
Those afflicted with paranoia have achieved successful careers in both Financial and Legal professions. PPD can be a debilitating disorder requiring psychiatric help and a useful tool when protecting a company from the countless enemies bent on destroying everything it stands for.
Attention deficit disorder is characterized by excessive activity and inability to concentrate on one task for any length of time.
Best Use: Individuals with ADD have a disposition best suited to a career in marketing. Our society is awash in an overwhelming flood of sales messages. Who is better suited than a marketer with ADD, to craft a campaign that has a millisecond to catch your attention? An employee with a deficit in attention can lead a company to a surplus of opportunities.
So next time you are looking for a job, embrace these disorders (and if you aren't sure whether or not you have one, here's a bunch of quizzes that can help you find out).