INFJ Jobs and Careers - 5 Tips to Find Your Fit

Updated on February 12, 2018
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Deidre has a Masters in applied linguistics and translation for her 20 years overseas, then she worked as a certified provider of the MBTI®.

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.

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, helpful even to the gentle, compliant INFJ.

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.

Most attractive occupations:

  • Religiously oriented occupations

  • Counselor or psychologist

  • Social worker

  • Psychiatrist

  • Teacher

  • Consultant (education)

  • Medicine

  • Architect

  • 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

Job areas:

  • Religiously oriented
  • Related to counseling
  • Teaching positions
  • The arts where the imagination can be exercised

INFJs like to get it written down

Source

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.

© 2010 Deidre Shelden

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    • Ms Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Deidre Shelden 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great Beth! On the other hand, the INFJ's rare personality traits could be a prized addition to an employer's personnel staff. :)

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      BETH 

      6 years ago

      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%

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      Jay Manriquez 

      7 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

      Thank you from the 1.5% of the population. I always appreciate a good article on personality type.

    • Ms Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Deidre Shelden 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      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!

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      Ana Beatriz 

      7 years ago

      I feel myself better reading these and understanding I am not wrong, I just see the world under different lenses.

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