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ENFP 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®.

ENFPs favor the two mental functions of iNtuition and Feeling.

  • As an NF (iNtuition-Feeling), you want to empower people!

At minimum , therefore, you want a job where you have regularly challenged to help empower others.

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 ENFP job match that would be even more motivating and energizing for the long term, helpful even for you highly skilled, enthusiastic ENFPs.

ENFPs sweeten life with their enthusiasm


Two Favorite Mental Functions

As one of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types®, you use your favored N-F 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 personality is motivated and energized.

Most attractive occupations:

  • Counselor or psychologist
  • teacher (arts, health)
  • special education
  • research assistant
  • religiously oriented occupations
  • writer or editor
  • musician or composer
  • social scientist
  • computer professional
  • public relations (publicity)
  • administrator (education)

1. Job Types

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

  • INCLINATION: communication with, helpful fostering of the growth of others
  • INCLINATION: an enthusiastic and energetic approach to situations and people
  • SKILL: innovative and perceptive problem solving

Job areas:

  • Counseling and related professions
  • Teaching and religiously oriented positions
  • The arts


2. Job Environments

A good job match will include these elements.

  • Regular sharing of your insights and creativity
  • Challenges requiring your innovative problem solving
  • Structure and rules are temporary boundaries and guidelines.
  • Conflict can be comfortably ignored or avoided.

3. Information to Gather

  • Facts about jobs in or from a career library
  • Establish priorities
  • A "short list" of the most interesting possibilities
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4. Making Contacts

  • Pause during interviews so that others can ask questions.
  • In interviews, emphasize what contributions you can make to the organization now.
  • Convey in what ways your people skills can help the "bottom line".
  • 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.
  • 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, 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:

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


Vala Faye from Belgium on March 05, 2011:

It's something I've struggled with for a long time myself, so it's of particular interest to me and if I can give others the info that I myself was seeking, I gladly do so. Tnx for the welcome btw ;)

Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on March 05, 2011:

Hello, Vala Faye and welcome to HubPages! I am excited to have your read and confirmation on the facts in this article. Wow, it is wonderful that you are directing others to this information who you know it will help. That's great!

Vala Faye from Belgium on March 05, 2011:

Awesome article, I'm ENFP myself and I so recognize all of that :D

I also posted it to the MBTI forum I parttake in, as I know many ENFPs there have questions on this stuff.

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