Deidre has a master's in applied linguistics and translation and worked overseas for 20 years. She is a certified provider of the MBTI®.
Not only is it hard to find a job, but it can also be hard to know what job or career to look for and how to get started on your search. Personality type provides a way to understand how to approach job hunting, which is helpful even to the gentle, compliant INFJ.
INFJs favor the two mental functions of iNtuition and Feeling. As an NF (iNtuition-Feeling), you want to empower people! At a minimum, therefore, you want a job where you are regularly challenged to help empower others.
The INFJ's Two Favorite Mental Functions
As one of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types®, you use your favored N-F mental functions in a unique way.
These favorite mental functions are therefore a must for job choice, because of how our personality type is motivated and energized.
The Most Attractive Occupations for This Type
- Religiously oriented occupations
- Counselor or psychologist
- Social worker
- Consultant (education)
- Fine artist
- Research assistant
- Marketing professional
1. Job Types
Jobs that fit best the INFJ personality type are those that require:
- Inclination: A concern with human emotional, intellectual or spiritual development
- Skill: masterful at promoting and facilitating understanding
- Religiously oriented
- Related to counseling
- Teaching positions
- The arts where the imagination can be exercised
2. Job Environments
A good job match will include these elements:
- Collaborative relationship efforts oriented toward ideals and values, with a written plan and mission
- Small group and one-to-one conversations
- Latitude and opportunity to show initiative in using gifts to help others
- Responses to others don't have to be immediate, or "shot from the hip"
3. Information to Gather
- Establish priorities
- A "short list" of the most interesting possibilities
- Facts about jobs in or from a career library
4. Making Contacts
- Ask close friends about any job opportunities they may know about, and then gradually widen the network.
- Practice interviews: Role-play speaking up and "selling" your strong points, and also prepare for hypothetical interview questions.
- Convey in what ways your people skills can help the "bottom line"
- When interviewed by a Sensing type, don't overwhelm him or her by too many possibilities.
5. Making Decisions
- Don't ignore uncomfortable facts.
- Systematically consider the consequences of alternatives.
- Before making a decision, take time to "cool off" to let the feelings and facts settle.
This article combines some information from the two following books, as well as from a seminar I attended.
- Introduction to type and careers, by Allen L. Hammer:
Discusses personality type and career matching, career trends, tips on goal setting and decision making, and potential obstacles in the career development process for all 16 types.
- Introduction to Type and Emotional Intelligence, by Roger R. Pearman:
Discusses the connections between personality and Emotional intelligence (EQ), which is a term used to describe our ability to control impulses, show empathy, and persist in the face of obstacles with resilience and flexibility. Provides specific actions for the development of emotional intelligence in each of the 16 types.
The NF as the Boss
- Spineless Bosses - NF Personality Type in Employee Management
The NF personality type, a natural nurturer, is gifted for management. They can become ‘spineless' bosses, however, because of their limited toughness with diverse team members.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2010 Deidre Shelden
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on May 01, 2012:
Great Beth! On the other hand, the INFJ's rare personality traits could be a prized addition to an employer's personnel staff. :)
BETH on May 01, 2012:
Thanks so much for posting, I'm looking for a career path that wont conflict with my inescapable personality traits. Its annoying being 1.5%
Jay Manriquez from Santa Rosa, California on August 29, 2011:
Thank you from the 1.5% of the population. I always appreciate a good article on personality type.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on January 31, 2011:
That is great, Ana! It really is true - different types look through different lenses. None of them are right or wrong :) Hope this gives you a good shot in the arm!
Ana Beatriz on January 31, 2011:
I feel myself better reading these and understanding I am not wrong, I just see the world under different lenses.