ENFP Jobs and Careers - 5 Tips to Find Your Fit
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
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
- 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
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:
- Spineless Bosses - NF Personality Type in Employee Management
The NF personality type, a natural nurturer, is gifted for management. They can become ‘spineless' bosses, however, because of their limited toughness with diverse team members.
The 15 other Myers-Briggs personality types
© 2010 Deidre Shelden