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Jobs and Careers for ISFJs: Five Tips for Finding Your Fit

Deidre has a Masters in applied linguistics and translation for her 20 years overseas. She's worked as a certified provider of the MBTI®.

Find the perfect job for your ISFJ personality!

Find the perfect job for your ISFJ personality!

Are You an ISFJ?

ISFJs favor the two mental functions of Sensing and Feeling. As an SF (Sensing-Feeling), you want to provide service! Let's keep this in mind as we search for the perfect job.

What Do ISFJs Look for in a Job?

You want a job where you have regular opportunities to provide service. 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 those who can tend to allow themselves to be doormats, like the ISFJ type.

Two Favorite Mental Functions

As one of the 16 Myers-Briggs® personality types, you use your favored S-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 for an ISFJ

  • Nursing
  • Teacher
  • Religiously-oriented occupations
  • Administrator (social services)
  • Librarian
  • Physician (family, general practice)
  • Health service worker
  • School bus driver
  • Food service
  • Private household worker

1. Job Types

Jobs that fit best the ISFJ personality type are those that require

  • Inclination: to nurture or help others through service
  • Inclination: a strong sense of duty and desire to make a personal commitment
  • Skill: a sensitivity to the practical needs of others

Job Areas:

  • Education, health care
  • Religiously oriented jobs
ISFJs love to be at your service.

ISFJs love to be at your service.

2. Job Environment

A good job match will include these elements.

  • Service and hands-on goals
  • Task or situation clearly defined that don't keep changing
  • Well-defined role, often in collaboration with a select few to achieve goals
  • Some physically active tasks.

3. Information to Gather

  • What people actually doing the job like and dislike most.
  • What the long-term outlook is for the job.

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 an iNtuition type, don't overwhelm him or her with too many details.
  • Convey in what ways your people skills can help the "bottom line."

5. Making Decisions

  • Don't ignore uncomfortable facts.
  • Systematically consider the consequences of alternatives.
  • Set a deadline for deciding, posting it, or announcing it to friends.

This article combines some information from the two following books, as well as from a seminar I attended.

  1. 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.
  2. 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


Lisa on December 26, 2011:

I have found this information invaluable. It is helping to keep me calm and reassured of my strengths whilst preparing for an interview. Being more mature in years I wish I had found this information many years ago. Thank you.