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ISTJ Jobs and Careers - 5 Tips to Find Your Fit
ISTJs favor the two mental functions of Sensing and Thinking.
- As an ST (Sensing-Thinking), you want to get it right!
At minimum, therefore, you want a job where you are regularly challenged to get it right.
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. Personality type provides a way to understand how to approach job hunting, helpful even for those who are more driven - seemingly impatient and obsessive - ISTJ types.
Two Favorite Mental Functions
Most attractive occupations:
- Manager (small business, factory)
- manager (executive)
- law enforcement
- school principal
- school bus driver
- purchasing agent
- computer professional
1. Job Types
Jobs that fit best the ISTJ personality type are those that require
- INCLINATION: a task-oriented, decisive approach
- INCLINATION: base decisions on facts and experience
- SKILL: a calm thoroughness and stick-to-itiveness that is straightforward, loyal and committed
- Management or administrative positions
- Law enforcement and accounting
Main qualities of the ISTJ
Take a good look at the ISTJ type with this helpful resource.
2. Job Environment
A good job match for an ISTJ will include these elements.
- Logically outlined plans that are congruent with your skills
- Tasks to complete and things to make happen
- Current realities to adapt to future goals
- Making a good impression is not necessary to getting things done.
3. Information to Gather
- What people actually doing the job like and dislike most.
- What the long-term outlook is for the job.
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.
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.
- Establish some personal contact with the interviewers.
- 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.
5. Making Decisions
- Consider also what is truly important to you or others, and not just what makes sense by logical criteria.
- Set a deadline for deciding, posting it or announcing it to friends.
Great easy to use resource for understanding the personality types of those around you.
The 15 other Myers-Briggs personality types
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