INTJ Jobs and Careers: 5 Tips to Help You Find Your Fit
INTJs favor the two mental functions of iNtuition and Thinking. As an NT (iNtuition-Thinking), you want to understand everything!
At a minimum, therefore, you want a job where you are regularly challenged to understand concepts and systems.
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, even for the seemly aloof and sometimes argumentative INTJ.
Choose a Career That Makes You Think
As one of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types®, you use your favored N-T 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:
- Computer professional
- Consultant (management)
- Manager (executive)
- Human resources
- Lawyer or judge
- Research worker
- Social services worker
- Scientist (life or physical)
1. Job Types to Look For
Jobs that fit best the INTJ personality type are those that require:
- Inclination: Conceptualization and tough-minded analysis
- Inclination: A task-oriented intellectual, creative, and has technical knowledge
- Skill: Masterful innovator with a passion for coherent and comprehensive action
- Scientific or technical fields
- Computer field or law
2. Ideal Job Environment
A good job match will include these elements:
- Complex challenges with clear goals
- Expert performance (by self or others)
- Latitude for independent action and initiative
- Time to reflect and analyze situations
3. Information You Should Gather About the Career
Make sure you do your research before jumping into anything! Here are some things to take into consideration:
- Establish priorities
- A "short list" of the most interesting possibilities
- Facts about jobs in or from a career library
4. Making Contacts and Networking
- 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.
- In interviews, emphasize what contributions you can make to the organization now.
- Establish some personal contact with the interviewers.
- When interviewed by a Sensing type, don't overwhelm him or her by too many possibilities.
5. Making Decisions
- Consider also what is truly important to you or others, and not just what makes sense by logical criteria.
- 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.
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