Jobs and Careers for INFPs—5 Tips to Find Your Fit
INFPs favor the two mental functions of intuition and feeling. As an NF (intuition-feeling), you want to empower people!
What Do INFPs Look for in a Job?
At a minimum, therefore, you want a job where you are regularly challenged to help others to attain to a state of being that is best for them.
Not only is it hard these days 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, even for the mixed-signals tendency of the INFP.
Two Favorite Mental Functions
As one of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types®, you INFPs use your favored N-F mental functions in your own unique way to be your own unique you.
The fit of your two favorite mental functions is a must for job choice because favored mental functions indicate how a particular personality type is energized. This is the root of how a person is motivated.
Most Attractive Occupations for an INFP
- Artist or entertainer
- Counselor or psychologist
- Social worker
- Research assistant
- Writer or editor
- Laboratory technologist
- Consultant (education)
- Therapist (physical)
1. Job Types
Those jobs and tasks that fit the INFP personality type best are those that involve:
- Inclination: a concern with human development, particularly one-on-one
- Skill: masterful facilitation of shifts and changes in people and organizations
Occupational areas with these kinds of jobs tend to be:
- related to counseling
- exercise creativity in language arts positions
exercise creativity in visual arts positions
2. Job Environments
A good job match for an INFP will include these elements:
- A unique cause that aids society about which you are very enthused
- Activities and relationships related to that cause
- Imaginative methods are used for reaching objectives.
- Clear deadlines and specific performance feedback on competencies
3. Information to Gather
- Establish priorities
- Make a "short list" of the most interesting possibilities
- Find out 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.
- 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.
- Set a deadline for decisions; post it or announce it to friends.
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