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ESFJ 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®.

ESFJs have fun serving others


ESFJs 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.

Today, it is so hard to find a job, that it adds insult to injury to also find it hard to know what job or career to look. And then, how does one get started on a job search in a way that does not seem so daunting, but fits more the way ESFJs go about things?

There are some tips helpful for an ESFJ to know what to look for in a good job match. I'm talking about the kind of job that would be more motivating and energizing to keep doing for the long term. These tips can help you ESFJs to avoid overlooking facts when you judge a situation as disagreeable.

ESFJ: Portrait of a Provider (Portraits of the 16 Personality Types)
ESFJ: Portrait of a Provider (Portraits of the 16 Personality Types)

A great resource to better understand the ESFJ personality type.


Two Favorite Mental Functions

As one of 16 different Myers-Briggs® personality types, you use your favored S-F mental functions in a way different and unique from all the others.

These two mental functions you favor use the larger part of your psychological energy. Consideration of these are an important clue for your job choice, because this is how your personality type is energized.

1. Job Types

Those jobs that will fit your ESFJ personality the best are those that involve tasks requiring

  • INCLINATION: you to provide personal service.
  • SKILL: masterful fostering of service and cooperative relationships.

These types of jobs are usually found in:

  • Education, health care
  • Religiously oriented jobs

Most attractive occupations:

  • Teacher
  • Administrator (student personnel)
  • Manager (office)
  • Religiously oriented occupations
  • Dental assistant
  • Child care worker
  • Home economist
  • Hairdresser or cosmetologist
  • Receptionist
  • Food service worker

2. Job Environment

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

  • Service-oriented goals 
  • Informing people and tending to their needs
  • Clearly defined roles in an organized setting
  • Recognition or appreciation

3. Information to Gather

  • What the long-term outlook is for the job.

4. Making Contacts

  • Make sure networking time is productive.
  • Pause during interviews so that others can ask questions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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