Per­sonal fit

TagLast edit: 20 Apr 2021 15:03 UTC by Pablo

Personal fit is a measure of a person’s chances of excelling in a particular job.

Formally, personal fit it may be defined as the ratio of the person’s productivity in the job to the average productivity of other candidates likely to take that job. Personal fit is one of the factors in 80,000 Hours’ original career framework, as well as a key element in their current list of strategic considerations (Todd 2019).

Personal fit measures a person’s absolute advantage in a job. But a person’s comparative becomes relevant when coordination is feasible. In such cases, a career with lower personal fit may have a greater community impact (Todd 2018: sect. 3).


Todd, Benjamin (2018) Doing good together—how to coordinate effectively, and avoid single-player thinking, 80,000 Hours, September 21.

Todd, Benjamin (2019) A guide to using your career to help solve the world’s most pressing problems, 80,000 Hours, March.

[Question] How do you op­ti­mise ca­reer choice based en­tirely on per­sonal fit?

shicky4431 Mar 2020 0:14 UTC
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If Causes Differ Astro­nom­i­cally in Cost-Effec­tive­ness, Then Per­sonal Fit In Ca­reer Choice Is Unimportant

MichaelDickens23 Nov 2020 22:47 UTC
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Two in­ter­views with Holden

Benjamin_Todd3 Oct 2014 21:44 UTC
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Curve­ball Alert Re­quest: How has your job changed over time?

tcelferact2 Jun 2021 17:27 UTC
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