Your Type and Your Career



Understanding your preferences as an ESFJ will make it easier to identify what is likely to feel ‘right’ for you at work and help you when you are planning a career change.

The best employment options for you will allow you to use your natural strengths and limit your exposure to tasks and situations that will drain you.

Here are some suggestions about what is likely to suit you in terms of personal strengths at work, preferred environment and your leadership style. There is also an indication of possible areas of weakness you should watch out for when you are assessing career change ideas.

Your strengths at work

  • Born co-operator and team worker
  • Good at creating harmony
  • Interested in work involving helping others
  • Work collaboratively to get things finished on time
  • Hardworking and conscientious
  • Loyal and traditional

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  • Work with existing systems rather than trying to change things
  • Value security and stability
  • Sociable and outgoing
  • Good at setting up procedures and following them
  • Cope well with routine
  • Practical and down-to-earth
  • Thorough and dependable
  • Respectful of authority

Your preferred work environment

  •  Operates with clear objectives, systems and procedures
  • Focus is on helping others
  • Friendly and co-operative
  • Work well done is rewarded with praise
  • Team members are conscientious
  • Well organised
  • Free from tension and conflict
  • Opportunities for social interaction

Your leadership style

  • Lead by supporting and encouraging others
  • Natural and active committee participant
  • Traditionalist working to keep the status quo
  • Lead by example of hard work and commitment
  • Get things done by building goodwill
  • Create order and expect others to follow

Weaknesses you should watch out for

  • May struggle without praise and encouragement
  • Do not cope well with tension and conflict
  • May struggle with abstract and theoretical work
  • Tend to stick with the familiar and fail to see new opportunities
  • May be reluctant to make tough decisions
  • Tend to avoid conflict rather than deal with it
  • May neglect your own needs because of your focus on others
  • Can be oversensitive to criticism
  • Uncomfortable with rapidly changing work environment
  • May make decisions without exploring all the possibilities

These points should help you identify if a job or an area of work is worth considering. But remember that there are successful people of ALL types in ALL jobs. Particular types may find certain areas of work especially satisfying and others more challenging.

Use your understanding of your own ESFJ preferences to help you explore and develop your career ideas, not to limit them.

Not sure if this is you?

Then take a look at the other similar types, where only one of
the preferences is different. You may find that they are a more
comfortable ‘fit’.


Interested in personality?

If you are interested in how your personality affects your career change click here to read how your approaches to job search can be influenced by the type of person you are.

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