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ISFP Jobs and Careers - 5 Tips to Find Your Fit

Deidre has a Masters in applied linguistics and translation for her 20 years overseas, then she worked as a certified provider of the MBTI®.

ISFPs favor the two mental functions of Sensing and Feeling.

  • As an SF (Sensing-Feeling), you want to provide service!

At minimum, therefore, 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. Here are some tips of what to look for in a ISFP job match that would be even more motivating and energizing for the long term, helpful even for you ISFPs, the type that is more in touch with both yourself and the world around you.

ISFPs blend into life around them


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 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.

Most attractive occupations:

  • Nursing
  • storekeeper
  • law enforcement
  • carpenter
  • surveyor
  • clerical supervisor
  • dental assistant
  • bookkeeper
  • cleaning service
  • cook

1. Job Types

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

  • INCLINATION: careful attention to detail
  • INCLINATION: aesthetic sensibility
  • SKILL: masterful in gaining cooperation for finding practical, concrete solutions to pressing problems

Job areas:

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  • Service-related fields
  • Health care, business, law enforcement

2. Job Environment

A good job match for the ISFP will include these elements.

  • Freedom to act, quiet environment and support for actions
  • Situations needing practical solutions and concrete methods for addressing problems
  • Structured, concrete rewards for acting with independent initiative
  • Minimal ongoing complex conflicts and disrespect

3. Information to Gather

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

The ISFP Personality

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 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.

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

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