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ENTJ Jobs and Careers - 5 Tips to Find 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®.

ENTJs favor the two mental functions of iNtuition and Thinking.

  • As an NT (iNtuition-Thinking), you want to understand it!

At minimum, therefore, you want a job where you are regularly challenged to understand things 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. Here are some tips of what to look for in a ENTJ job match that would be even more motivating and energizing for the long term, particularly for you ENTJs who are impatient to move on to bigger and better things.

ENTJs marshall the group into action


Two Favorite Mental Functions

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 use the lion's share of your psychological energy and are therefore a must for job choice, because of how our personality type is motivated and energized.

1. Job Types

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

  • INCLINATION: tough-minded analysis
  • INCLINATION: long-range vision and decisiveness 
  • SKILL: masterful management of complexities with precision and planning

Job areas:

  • Management or leadership
  • Business or education

Most attractive occupations:

  • Consultant (management)
  • Human resources
  • Computer professional
  • Physician (family)
  • Manager (sales)
  • Manager (executive)
  • Credit investigator or mortgage broker
  • Marketing professional
  • Administrator (education)
  • Administrator (health)

2. Job Environment

A good job match will include these elements.

  • Challenging opportunities to reach goals and develop expertise
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  • Feedback on performance is provided to enhance performance.
  • Latitude for independent action and initiative
  • Limited interaction with those who appear incompetent, emotions influence their views or are indecisive and slow.

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.
  • Pause during interviews so that others can ask 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 hub combines some information from the two following books, as well as from a seminar I attended.

  • Introduction to Type and Careers
    Get your clients involved in their own career search using MBTI results. The updated Introduction to Type and Careers provides interactive exercises and realistic descriptions to explore personality type and career matching.
  • Introduction to Type and Emotional Intelligence
    Emotional intelligence (EQ) refers to a person's ability to control impulses, show empathy, and persist in the face of obstacles with resilience and flexibility. This new booklet explores the connections between personality and EQ.

The 15 other Myers-Briggs personality types

Do you identify with this personality type and these job hunting tips?

If you are not sure, take a look at the 5 job hunting tips for each of the other 15 Myers-Briggs personality types you may want to consider.


© 2010 Deidre Shelden


Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on April 11, 2012:

When ENTJs can understand these parameters in job choice for their particular personality, they will find work along this line the most energizing and satisfying.

Jackie Paulson from USA IL on December 21, 2010:

This is well written and very easy to understand and I enjoyed reading it.

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