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ISTJ Jobs and Careers - 5 Tips to Find Your Fit

Updated on January 9, 2017
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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®.

ISTJs dutifully meet all responsibilities, and more
ISTJs dutifully meet all responsibilities, and more | Source

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

As one of the 16 Myers-Briggs® personality types, you use your favored S-T mental functions in a unique way.

These favorite mental functions are therefore a must for job choice, because of how our personality type is motivated and energized.

Most attractive occupations:

  • Manager (small business, factory)
  • accountant
  • manager (executive)
  • law enforcement
  • school principal
  • school bus driver
  • purchasing agent
  • computer professional
  • dentist
  • steelworker

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

Job areas:

  • Management or administrative positions
  • Law enforcement and accounting

Main qualities of the ISTJ

ISTJ: Portrait of an Inspector (Portraits of the 16 Personality Types)
ISTJ: Portrait of an Inspector (Portraits of the 16 Personality Types)

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.

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.

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.

Work Types
Work Types

Great easy to use resource for understanding the personality types of those around you.


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.


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