Career exploration and job search tips for extraverted personality types
Vanessa, MBTIonline Contributing Writer
There’s a lot at stake when you chose a career.
The good news is you can change directions at any time – whether you’re starting fresh as a college grad or you’re shifting careers later in life.
It’s never too late to pick a new path.
The not-so-good news is you might get lost in a maze of career choices if you don’t know where you’re headed. Fortunately, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality assessment is an excellent navigator through MBTIonline Careers.
Any personality type can excel in any career
None of us have a crystal ball that tells us whether we’ll thrive in a certain career. And it’s unethical for a company to make hiring decisions based on MBTI personality type. So, the goal isn’t necessarily to find a perfect match. Because there’s no such thing.
And any type can excel in any career.
At some point, we all need to flex our preferences (i.e., do the opposite of what feels natural) to do certain parts of our job well.
We all have unique skills, interests, values, and needs. When you evaluate whether a job is a good fit, consider all the nuances of a particular career path. Take a teacher for example. Think of the amount of noise (and finger paint) a kindergarten teacher must experience each day. Now think of a middle school math teacher. Their day is probably a little quieter (emphasis on the probably). But for the sake of this example, let’s assume most 13-year-olds don’t need as much coddling as their kindergarten counterparts. Both teachers have the same title of teacher, but their jobs look vastly different from one another.
Below area few tips and career ideas for those with extraverted personality types.
ESTP: The Energetic Problem Solver
ESTPs usually prefer a career that allows them to work with their hands on tasks that require attention-to-detail. Some strengths of this personality type include: an entrepreneurial spirit, crisis management skills, and an ability to sell/promote. But they may spend too much time networking in unproductive ways. Here are some of the most popular occupations/industries for an ESTP:
• First responder
• Mechanical engineer
ESTP Career Tip: Try not to overwhelm colleagues or potential employers with too many details.
ESFP: The Enthusiast Improvisor
ESFPs usually prefer a career in which they can serve others in practical ways. Strengths of this personality type include: enthusiasm, an ability to motivate others, and negotiation skills. But they may not always appear to be task-oriented (especially to people with a preference for Thinking). Here are some of the most popular occupations/industries for an ESFP:
• Customer service
• Event planner
• Fashion consultant
• First responder
• Parks and recreation
• Real estate
• Veterinary technician
ESFP Career Tip: Figure out how your people skills can help improve the bottom line.
ENFP: The Imaginative Motivator
ENFPs usually prefer a career that involves teaching people how to feel or look better. Many also gravitate toward careers in which they can take care of the environment. Some strengths of this personality type include: openness to new possibilities, high energy, and creativity. But their enthusiasm means they may talk too much during interviews or meetings. Here are some of the most popular occupations/industries for an ENFP:
• Motivational speaker
ENFP Career Tip: Be intentional about pausing during interviews or meetings so others can respond.
ENTP: The Enterprising Explorer
ENTPs usually prefer a career that lets them take on new challenges, and they casta wide net when considering different options. Strengths of this personality type include: systems-level problem solving skills, ingenuity, and an entrepreneurial approach. But they may overwhelm colleagues or superiors (especially those who prefer Sensing) with too many possibilities. Here are some of the most popular occupations/industries for an ENTP:
• Public speaker
• Radio/TV personality
• Sales executive
• Sports/media executive
ENTP Career Tip: Prioritize the possibilities you come up with, then set a “decision deadline.”
ESTJ: The Efficient Organizer
ESTJs usually prefer positions of power where they can make decisions based on facts. Some strengths of this personality type include: decisiveness, an ability to maintain effective procedures, and an analytical mind. But they have a tendency to get overly distressed by unscheduled events. Here are some of the most popular occupations/industries for an ESTJ:
• Business executive
• Civil engineer
• Facilities manager
• Financial advisor
• Law enforcement
ESTJ Career Tip: To avoid making hasty decisions, remember that logic is just one part of the equation.
ESFJ: The Supportive Contributor
ESFJs usually prefer a career that lets them use their attention to detail to care for others. Strengths of this personality type include: an ability to build consensus among a group, decisiveness, and a personable nature. But they may let other people dictate their decisions without realizing it. Here are some of the most popular occupations/industries for an ESFJ:
• Childcare worker
• Human resources
• Medical assistant
• Office manager
• Operations manager
ESFJ Career Tip: Before you make a decision, consider its consequences and alternatives.
ENFJ: The Compassionate Facilitator
ENFJs usually prefer a career that involves working closely with people. Some strengths of this personality type include: an ability to create harmony on a team, enthusiasm, and organizational skills. But they may have trouble taking advantage of unexpected opportunities. Here are some of the most popular occupations/industries for an ENFJ:
• College recruiter
• Convention organizer
• Elementary school teacher
• Interior designer
• Motivational speaker
• Public relations
• Social worker
ENFJ Career Tip: Even if it doesn’t feel like it, there’s usually time to brainstorm before making a decision.
ENTJ: The Decisive Strategist
ENTJs usually prefer a career where they can be in charge – regardless of what tasks are involved. Strengths of this personality type include: long-range vision, rationality, and an ability to organize systems. But they may appear impersonal or too task-oriented. Here are some of the most popular occupations/industries for an ENTJ:
• Business executive
• College professor
• Criminal justice
• Marketing executive
• Program manager
• Regional planner
ENTJ Career Tip: Try to establish some personal rapport with colleagues or potential employers.
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