ISTJ 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®.

ISTJs dutifully meet all responsibilities, and more
ISTJs dutifully meet all responsibilities, and more | Source

ISTJs favor the two mental functions of sensing and thinking.

  • As an ST (Sensing-Thinking), you want to get it right!

At a minimum, therefore, you want a job where you are regularly challenged to get it right.

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 for those more driven - seemingly impatient and obsessive - ISTJ types.

Two Favorite Mental Functions

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

  • Manager (small business, factory)
  • Accountant
  • Manager (executive)
  • Law enforcement
  • School principal
  • School bus driver
  • Purchasing agent
  • Computer professional
  • Dentist
  • Steelworker

1. Job Types

Jobs that fit best the ISTJ personality type are those that require:

  • INCLINATION: A task-oriented, decisive approach
  • INCLINATION: Base decisions on facts and experience
  • SKILL: A calm thoroughness and stick-to-itiveness that is straightforward, loyal and committed

Occupational areas with these kinds of jobs tend to be:

  • Management or administrative positions
  • Law enforcement and accounting

Main qualities of the ISTJ

ISTJ: Portrait of an Inspector (Portraits of the 16 Personality Types)
ISTJ: Portrait of an Inspector (Portraits of the 16 Personality Types)

Take a good look at the ISTJ type with this helpful resource.


2. Job Environment

A good job match for an ISTJ will include these elements:

  • Logically outlined plans that are congruent with your skills
  • Tasks to complete and things to make happen
  • Current realities to adapt to future goals
  • Making a good impression is not necessary to get things done.

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.
  • Establish some personal contact with the interviewers.

5. Making Decisions

  • Consider also what is truly important to you or others, and not just what makes sense by logical criteria.
  • Set a deadline for deciding, posting it or announcing it to friends.

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

© 2010 Deidre Shelden


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