If you’re not familiar with the Myers-Briggs test, it’s a multiple choice questionnaire that determines the key points of your personality. Most companies when they hire new employees offer the test as a means of targeting ideal candidates to make sure they are picking someone who is not only qualified in education or experience but would be a good fit depending on their working style.
Knowing your Myers-Briggs personality benefits you by helping you narrow down the choices you have to make when it comes to applying for a new position. It saves you time by helping you weed out the careers you would be ill-suited for and letting you put your best foot forward by showcasing your natural talents in a new job.
So here’s the breakdown. Myers-Briggs targets four different categories and separates each into two personality times. You choose which of each pair applies to you the best. The end result are four letters that classify you and your individual personality type.
Energy Style: Where do you draw your energy from? If you like working in large groups, leading the charge and staying busy and constantly active, you’re an extrovert (E). If you like working independently and knuckling down on a project in a quiet and calm space, you’re introverted (I).
Thinking Style: No two people process information in the same way. If you prefer to work with concrete ideas, facts, spreadsheets, people, data, and machines, you’re a sensor (S). But if you are more abstract in your thought process, if you can take ideas, theories and possibilities and turn them into a plan, you’re intuitive (N).
Values Style: Next, what do you value in your work? What is your end game? If you want work that lets you use your intelligence and lets you truly shine, you’re a thinker (T). If you’re motivated by work that lets you help others and use your emotions, you’re a feeler (F).
Life Style: Are you the kind of person who likes organization and structure and keeps everything tucked away in its proper place? You’re a judger (J). But if you are flexible and can operate in an environment others would find “chaotic,” you’re more of a perceiver (P).
So put it all together. The resulting four letters reflect your work personality. The best way to succeed in this life is to take that cumulative assessment and pursue a career geared more towards your specific strengths.
Ideal jobs for people who are ESTJ, ISTJ, ESTP, ISTP are pragmatic. You love your work when you can be logical and produce hard evidence of results. You’re basically Spok. Ideal jobs for ESTJ and ESTP people are supervisors, managers, financial advisors or contractors. ISTJ and ISTP people are better suited for roles where they can produce results like being accountants, mechanics, police officers or systems administrators.
People who are ESFJ, ISFJ, ESFP or ISFP are caretakers. They love to do practical things to help others. ESFJ and ESFP personalities are good providers or entertainers who make good teachers, receptionists, nutritionists or registered nurses. ISFJ and ISFP personalities are sensible and analytical artisans like jewelers, bookkeepers, social workers or anything that lets them pay specific attention to details.
Empaths are those who identify as ENFJ, INFJ, ENFP or INFP, and no, they are not psychic. They love to improve people’s lives and work for the greater good. In the case of ENFJ and ENFP people, they are charismatic teachers, writers, nonprofit directors or PR specialists. A person with INFJ or INFP tendencies and well-suited for careers as psychologists, authors, veterinarians, or school counselors where they can be compassionate caregivers.
A person who loves coming up with innovative ideas or inventions is a theorist. They typically fall under ENTJ, INTJ, ENTP or INTP classification. ENTJ and ENTP people are directors and inventors, executives, attorneys and entrepreneurs. INTJs and INTPs are strong-minded strategists and judges. They are natural scientists, mathematicians, technical writers or engineers.
It is this last field, the theorists, who always seem to find their way to the top in the marketing world. They are naturally ambitious and strive to be front and center in the entrepreneurial world. For an idea, Bill Gates and Adele are ENTJs. Martin Scorsese the filmmaker and Henry Kissinger the US Secretary of State are a couple of famous ENTPs. Mark Zuckerberg is an INTJ as was Ayn Rand. Famous INTPs include Marie Curie, Larry Page, Tiny Fey and Paul Allen.
The moral of the story here is get to know yourself and apply what you learn to your career. Your best tools are the ones you are born with and the best way to succeed is to hone those skills until they are razor sharp!