Make it Happen, ENFP Style

ENFP personality plansI don’t know about you, but this is the part of career planning that some ENFPs, me included, find the hardest.

I believe one of the reasons for this is that many of the commonly used planning and goal-setting techniques are really unappealing to ENFPs.

In fact I’d go so far as to say that they are just plain boring.

So in this article we’re going to look at some more creative alternatives that you can use in your career planning, and elsewhere in your life.

Traditional techniques may be effective, but they don’t work for me

Have you ever had to do detailed action plans for work?  Maybe with some SMART goals to keep the plan on track?  This is indeed a solid and sensible approach and I can appreciate how effective these tools can be.

But when I think of applying them to my own life; to my dreams, plans and career goals it’s another matter altogether.  In fact I feel a definite sinking feeling in my stomach at the thought of such rigidity and inflexibility, along with an urgent desire for a large cup of coffee and an even larger chocolate chip muffin!

For me to make progress towards goals and plans I need to make sure that the process itself is enjoyable.  If it isn’t, quite honestly, it isn’t going to happen.

So if all those traditional, left-brain planning and goal-setting techniques work for you, Go for it, they are undoubtedly very successful for some people.  But if, like me, you’ve struggled to make them work for you, try some of the following.

They can be just as successful and they’re a lot more fun.

And yes, you can still have the large choc chip muffin.

1. Work backwards

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part and it’s easy to stall at this stage if you can’t figure out what to do next.

If this happens to you, try starting at the end.  Think about where you want to get to and what you want your life to look like, then plot a course to get there from where you are today.

ENFP personality types are creative2. Make it visual

Dry, boring lists turn me off completely, I much prefer to make my goals and plans visual.  This holds true for career-related matters and just about everything else.

Using vision boards is a popular way of doing this.  You could also try a mind-mapping or creating a collage or mandala.  And it could be fun to make a map with images of the steps in your journey and plot your course on it.

Or how about decorating a journal that you then use to track your progress?  A few years ago my lovely friend Annette made me a great journal by sticking pictures of many of my favorite things and places on a notebook.  This turned an otherwise ordinary jotter into a very colorful and special keepsake which I used to record dreams and plans.

3. Keep updating your dream

Sometimes putting the goals and plans in place is the easy part.  And then what?

Life happens, things get in the way and your goals and dreams fall by the wayside.  It’s all too easy to get discouraged, give up altogether and just sweep your dreams under the carpet till later.  Or till next year.  New Year’s resolutions spring to mind!

When this happens many of us give ourselves a hard time for not succeeding, but this only makes things worse.

One way to prevent this is to make sure that you review your goals regularly and adjust them if necessary.  Again, make this review process fun and focus on what went well and what needs to happen next.

And go gently on yourself, compassion is one of the keys to a happy life and we so often forget to be compassionate towards ourselves.

Whether you turn your dreams into plans and then into reality on your own, with a good friend or with the support of a friendly coach :D, the key to success is making it fun and enjoying the ride.

Need Help to Make Things Happen? Here are some resources you may find helpful.

 

ENFP Career Choices – What Really Matters?

ENFP careers advice - what do you want your life to be likeIf you’re planning a career change, or wondering what your ideal career would be, you’ve probably started looking at various industries, or musing about specific job titles.  Maybe you’ve imagined what it would be like to be a movie producer, marketing executive, social worker, web developer or psychologist.

If you’re having a hard time making your mind up you could be forgiven as there are a lot of career choices out there.

Here’s another way of looking at it which may make your decision easier.

What do you want your life to be like?

Yes that’s right.  Not…….

What do you want to be?

No mention of job titles, skills or qualifications.  Nor of salary.

The focus here is on what you really want from your life.  Just a basic, but very fundamental question about what you value most that I learned while training as a career consultant with Valerie Young.

ENFP career choices are related to life choices

When you were making your first career choices it’s likely that no-one ever asked you what you wanted your life to be like.  But for ENFPs this is something vital to consider as we are so motivated by our personal values.

What do you want your life to be like?

Have you ever thought about this?  I mean really thought about it?

Even if it’s not something you’ve consciously considered, you may well find that although you’re not yet clear on the specific details you have some ideas, firm ideas even, about the things in life that are most important to you.

They may include:

•    Your family
•    Personal freedom
•    Keeping learning
•    Excitement and enjoying life
•    The environment
•    Your personal ethical standards
•    Making a contribution to society
•    Having children
•    Having fun and a variety of experiences
•    A certain standard of living

Knowing what’s most important to you will help to lead you in the right direction and stop you going too far off-track at any stage.  For example, if personal freedom is very important to you, it would be useful to keep that in mind if you were looking at a job that entailed a 50 – 60 hour work week on top of a lengthy commute.

It’s like that old saying “no-one ever lies on their death bed regretting that they didn’t spend more time at work.”

Next steps

Once you’ve decided what’s most important to you, you can use this to help you choose your overall direction as well as deciding whether a specific job is right for you.

 

What are ENFP Career Strengths. 2 of 2

What careers options are suited to ENFP strengths?

Which types of employers will value them?

ENFP careers adviceYou’ve probably heard that if you use your ENFP career strengths at work you will enjoy your job more.

But did you realize that as well as making you happier when you use them, those strengths can also be of great benefit to some employers?

Rather than spending your working life trying to shape yourself into a career that doesn’t really fit you, how about looking for employers who value and even need the strengths and personality traits that you naturally possess.

You are more than just your skills

While your qualifications, expertise etc. are undoubtedly important, they are only part of what you to have offer an employer, and possibly not even your greatest assets in the job market.  It may be that the less tangible elements that come with being an ENFP, sometimes described as soft skills, are what really set you apart.

Let’s have a closer look at those ENFP personality traits and see who might value them.

Flexibility and adaptability
This ability to embrace change and variety, and even be enthusiastic about it, is a real asset to some employers particularly those who need to deal with change on a very regular basis.  This includes the following:

  • Those in very fast, rapidly changing or chaotic environments, e.g., IT/high tech
  • The growing field of change management, particularly change management communications
  • Organizations which rely on rapidly changing technology, e.g., media, broadcasting, marketing
  • Firms where the work is project-based, e.g., consulting or a marketing agency
  • Where the work involves many different clients, e.g., counseling, psychology or coaching

On the other hand some employers, heck even whole industries, are fairly change averse.  They prefer to work to well-established practices and their work often relies on routines and set procedures.

These areas may not work as well for ENFPs, e.g., some areas of public service, finance, insurance, manufacturing and construction. They are however great for people who prefer routine to change and who may even find change disconcerting.

Great people skills
These skills can be an advantage in careers where you need to work with a diverse range of people, network widely, or where you quickly need to put people at ease.

This  can include all sorts of customer service and relationship, account management, event management, training, HR, recruitment, counseling, sales (although a lot of ENFPs don’t care for sales) and the many fields related to personal development.

You’re creative
The sorts of fields where an ENFPs diverse creative skills are valued include:

  • Coaching, counseling, teaching
  • Marketing, PR, advertising, event management, wedding planning
  • Graphic design, interior design, home staging
  • Training
  • Consulting
  • Want to know more?  Check out the ENFP Careers List.

Use your ENFP career strengths to help yourself!

Don’t forget that a great way to use your creativity combined with your people skills is during the job search process itself.  Not only can you make sure that you stand out in the interview process, but you may be able to create your own job or spot new, emerging job trends which will put you ahead of the curve and give you a career you love.

 

7 Reasons Why You May be in a Career You Don’t Enjoy. 2 of 2.

ENFP careers advice 1There’s a lot of careers advice around, but does it all apply to you?  Here are some more examples of common careers advice that you may want to think twice about if you’re an ENFP personality type or a scanner personality.   It’s solid and well intentioned, but is it for you?

5. Just get a good, steady job
You may have heard this from friends or family members concerned by your restlessness and your seemingly never-ending quest to try new things and meet new people.  A lot of ENFPs are not enticed by the routine driven work that many people look for.  On the contrary, they are more likely to enjoy a career with variety built into it.

6. Just find a job you can stay in till you retire
Wow, how does that little nugget make you feel!!  You may have heard this one from well-meaning parents or grandparents as this used to be the ‘thing to do’.

As in the point above, many ENFPs and ENTPs are looking for some degree of variety, change and growth in their career and sticking with the same thing probably won’t cut it for them.

Added to which is the fact that there aren’t as many of these sorts of jobs around anymore.  This is because a lot of the more traditional areas like banking, insurance, public sector and manufacturing which used to offer a job for life have suffered job losses in recent years.

7. Be a doctor/accountant/lawyer etc., etc.  That’s a good job.
This advice was often given to me as a child with various respected professions being offered.  I was particularly encouraged to be an accountant.  Fortunately I listened to my intuition, although I didn’t know what it was called back then, and didn’t go to the final interview with the accounting firm as it just felt so wrong.

Now there’s nothing wrong with being an accountant, but it would have been absolutely wrong for me.  You may find that it’s the same with a lot of the career options suggested to you; they are all great jobs for someone, but not necessarily for you.

Is it good career advice for me?

Do you want a career you enjoy, something that you find fulfilling and personally meaningful but you find yourself  surrounded by people who don’t think that this is important?  Rather than start to question yourself, question the advice you are receiving.

Does it respect your values, encourage you to make the most of your special gifts and skills and build a career that you really enjoy?

If not, you may want to take what you can from it and rather that just focus on getting money or a well-respected job-title, try looking for good careers advice elsewhere.

New ENFP Careers – Growth Areas 2

ENFP careers advice caring careersThis is the third post in a series on new ENFP Careers.  There are changes in the job market that could be great for ENFPs as they mean that there’s a lot of growth in some areas that match our typical career strengths.

These areas of job growth have been described as emerging careers, i.e., new career paths and job types that didn’t previously exist.

Here’s a brief summary of some of the areas that are most likely to be of interest to ENFPs focusing on the caring professions.

Helping The Aging Population

Many of the countries in the developed world are currently experiencing a changing population profile as the Baby Boomers age.  Kiplinger’s highlights key trends in this area including:“an aging population and increasing interest in at-home or like-home care.”

There are job opportunities here coming from new companies which are starting up in this space and offering services that just weren’t around 10 or 15 years ago.  Added to that are existing organizations like insurance companies, health providers and residential care facilities that are hiring more staff to meet the increased demands.

These trends have created new roles like Moving Managers for older people, Patient Advocates and Elder Care Service Managers.

Many ENFPs like to work in a role that involves helping people directly, although some of the more traditional organizations may not be as flexible or open as ENFPs like.  If you are creative and comfortable doing your own thing, there’s a lot of scope in this field for finding new opportunities, or partnering with existing companies to help them move into new areas.

Improving People’s Health

Many governments around the world are starting to be concerned about the overall health of their population and the potential long term implications of the increase in conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.   Especially as these are now being seen in younger patients than ever before.

There are an increasing number of initiatives aimed at preventative health education and this sort of health promotion is something that could be of interest to ENFPs although in many places specific qualifications are required.

It seems as though an increasing number of people are also taking individual responsibility for their own health so you may want to think about careers like dietician, nutritional therapist or counselors, wellness counselors and personal trainer.

Professionals like these are sometimes employed by other medical practitioners in order to offer their clients a wider range of services, or they can be self-employed.  If you choose the self-employment route, care needs to be taken over your business model.

What You Can Do

If you’re an ENFP going through the career selection process it’s certainly worth look at the new and growing industries if you haven’t looked at them before.  You may find more opportunities there than in some of the more traditional areas.

If you’re interested in how market trends are going to continue to influence the world of work and how careers develop in the future, you may be interested in reading A Whole New Mind, by Daniel Pink.

Read the full report Kiplinger’s career trends here.

New ENFP Careers – The Growth Areas 1

As the post on Career Trends Working for ENFPs outlined, there are changes in the job market that could be great for ENFP careers as they mean that there’s a lot of growth in some areas that match typical ENFP career strengths.

These areas of job growth have been described as emerging careers, i.e., new career paths and job types that didn’t previously exist.

Here’s a brief summary of some of the areas that are most likely to be of interest to ENFPs.  This post is focusing on the commercial and environmental areas and the next one in this series will look in more detail at the caring professions.

Sustainability and Green Energy

There are a lot of new businesses emerging in this sector and traditional employers are creating new positions such as Sustainability Managers to handle their sustainability requirements and green initiatives.

Kiplinger’s recently reported that although sustainability used to pretty much be limited to recycling programs, green and sustainability roles now often have wide ranging responsibilities including carbon footprint assessments and environmental leadership on issues like design and manufacturing.

There are an increasing number of small, specialized companies and consultancies helping organizations understand their responsibilities in this area and these could be of interest to ENFPs.  If you’re interested in the corporate world, some now have corporate sustainability officers and VPs in this area.  Either way, there are specialist recruitment companies focused in this space which would be a good place to start.

ENFP careers advice online marketingOnline Marketing and Social Media

This is an area with a lot of growth.  New companies have been springing up to help both businesses and individuals plan and manage their social media presence.

Job types created in the last 10 years include Online Community Managers, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialists, Social Media Planner, Managers, Strategists and Analysts, Social Media Writers and Producers etc.

Of particular interest to both ENFPs and ENTPs is that the positions in this area tend to include both full-time and contract roles and there’s a lot of freelance work about for people who are good at what they do.  There would also be a lot of opportunity to set up on your own, or with a team of other people if that was what you wanted to do.

Another interesting social media career trend is that an increasing number of roles which aren’t pure social media jobs seem to be adding the need for well-developed skills in that area to their candidate descriptions.

I’ve seen quite a few job adverts for customer service, sales and many different types of marketing jobs which are all asking for good social media skills in addition to the normal requirements in these areas. So if you’re one of the many ENFPs interested in marketing, make sure that your social media skills are up to date and that you know how to use it in a business context as well as a social one.

The next post in the New ENFP Careers series looks at the caring professions.

Future ENFP Careers – Career Trends Working for ENFPs

enfp careers advice look at emerging careersWhat would you say if I told you that there were trends out there that could be great for ENFP careers?  You might think I was mad, isn’t the job market all doom and gloom?  After all, it’s not exactly new news that technology, outsourcing and the recession have reshaped or negatively impacted many industries and jobs.

But it’s not all bad news.

There are big changes afoot that are causing new departments to be added to existing companies and triggering the growth of whole new industry sectors.

What are these trends?

The trends we are most interested in here are:

  • An increasing interest in green, environmental and sustainability issues by individuals, companies and government bodies.
  • The need for business, and increasingly also individual people, to have a proactive online presence which is planned, branded and monitored.  Also the need for businesses to market online as well as offline and to seamlessly and creatively integrate the two.
  • The aging population in many parts of the world as the Baby Boomer generation moves towards and into retirement.
  • The changing diet, exercise and lifestyle patterns of many people.  Unfortunately for many this means eating more fat, sugar and processed food, exercising less and generally having a more sedentary lifestyle.  This is resulting in huge negative health consequences worldwide.

What this means for ENFPs

There’s good news as some of this growth is in areas that match typical ENFP career strengths, meaning that we can do well in these areas.  Incidentally, this also applies in some instances for ENTPs.

And possibly even more importantly, some of these areas are also appealing to ENFPs, i.e., they are fields that we often like to work in.

On the other hand some of the more traditional areas of work, where ENFPs often don’t enjoy working, are having a hard time and coming under a lot of cost pressures.

These areas of job growth have been described as emerging careers, i.e., new career paths and job types that didn’t previously exist.

Why emerging careers can be exciting for ENFPs

As well as being in areas that we enjoy working in, some of these new jobs can be brand new, shiny and exciting.  There are some jobs out there which are newly created with no rules and only the vaguest of job specs.  You get to make it up from scratch, a challenge many ENFPs relish.  And you often get to work without following rigid rules and procedures – and it doesn’t get better than that does it?

Of course you also need to ensure that you are meeting your objectives and doing a good job if you want to keep the job.  But in these newer areas there’s often a lot more flexibility in terms of how things are done than there is in many of the more established and traditional areas.

Sound interesting?

The next post in the New ENFP Careers series will give an overview of each of these, so keep reading.

7 Reasons Why You May be in a Career You Don’t Enjoy. 1 of 2.

As you get to the end of yet another boring, endless day you find yourself wondering how it ever came to this?

You just know in your gut that you shouldn’t be doing this. You should be out there doing some interesting.

Something meaningful.

Something that makes a difference – not pushing a load of papers around on your desk all day counting the minutes till 5.30pm.

Sound familiar?

If you’re a restless ENFP personality type, or a scanner personality, you’ve probably found no shortage of people willing to give you career advice including friends, family and career coaches, counselors etc.

And while a lot of this may be good, solid advice, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good advice for you.

Where Did I Go Wrong?

Even well-meaning advice, if inappropriate, can be very discouraging. Or set you off on the wrong career path entirely.

And following this common career advice instead of using your own values may be why you are in a career that you’re not enjoying.  Values are something which are of key importance to ENFP decision making, so when making decisions about your career make sure that you are not following advice blindly.

By that we mean that you should look at external advice through the filter of your own personal value system and decide if it fits for you. Or not so much.

How Do You Do This?

We are all individuals and have our own values and only you will know what your values are.  But many of us aren’t used to making decisions based on our values so here we’ve listed some of the most common careers advice that many people hear and some of it may have set you off on what you feel is the wrong career path.

We’ve also included some suggestions as to why this may not necessarily be the best advice for you.

1. Go for the big money
You may hear this one a lot as many people believe that money is the main thing that motivates them and everyone else.

Although you obviously want to ensure that you’ve got enough to meet your needs, few ENFPs find that money is their main motivator.  Or anywhere close to the top of the list of things they want out of life.

So if someone says this to you and it just doesn’t feel right…. don’t worry, you’re not alone.

2. Just do what you’re good at
This is certainly good advice as in many fields you need to develop and maintain a certain level of competence.

However just doing what you’re good at isn’t enough for many ENFPs. They are looking for something that interests and motivates them as well as variety and challenge.  So while this is certainly something to take into account, don’t let it be the only thing you consider.

3. It’s just work, you’re not meant to enjoy it.
I love this one!  I was told this many times early in my career when I was talking, or possibly complaining, that I was bored in my current job.

Some people really do believe this (amazing isn’t it!).  But many ENFPs want a career that they can really enjoy, something to be passionate about.  They don’t want to have to leave their passion and personality at the door when they arrive at work in the morning and function without it all day long.

4. It worked for me so it will work for you
This used to be very common career advice from family members, though you seem to hear it less and less.  And that’s not a bad thing either because sharing the same genes as someone doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the same skills, values, personality and life objectives etc.

If you really are a chip off the old block go for it, but don’t follow in someone else’s footsteps without thinking very carefully about it.

Do any of these sound familiar?

Have you heard them before, or maybe even acted on them?

If you want to make sure that you build a career you enjoy, here are the other 3 pieces of common career advice that you may have followed and found yourself offtrack.

ENFP jobs…and the ones to avoid!

ENFP careers adviceShould you be a writer or an underwriter, an engineer or an entrepreneur?  What about a designer or a detective?  If you’re looking for a job or career path to suit ENFPs have a look at the list below by Mark Myers.

If you’re looking for more suggestions of careers for us ENFPs why not check out the ENFP Careers List.

Jobs for ENFPs

Actors, journalists, writers, musicians, painters, consultants, psychologists, psychiatrists, entrepreneurs, teachers, counselors, politicians, diplomats, television reporters, marketers, scientists, sales representatives, artists, clergy, public relations, social scientists, social workers.  Very creative and fun-loving, ENFP personalities excel at careers which allow them to express their ideas and spontaneity.

ENFP Careers to Avoid

As well as reading the list of ENFP careers, have a look at the careers listed for all the other types as well as you may get some ideas of careers that you aren’t as well suited for.

Suggested Careers For Myers Briggs Test Personality Types – guest post by Mark Myers

During times of a major economic downturn many people decide to change their career. Usually a major career change will require that you go back to school. Going back to school can be a tough decision especially if you have already started your career. To help decide which career type you should follow we have created a list of careers that are best suited for each of the 16 Myers Briggs personality types.

ESTJ
Military, business administrators, managers, police/detective work, judges, financial officers, teachers, sales representatives, government workers, insurance agents, underwriters, nursing administrators, trade and technical teachers, mafia dons. Natural leaders, they work best when they are in charge and enforcing the rules.

ISTJ
Business executives, administrators and managers, accountants, police, detectives, judges, lawyers, medical doctors, dentists, computer programmers, systems analysts, computer specialists, auditors, electricians, math teachers, mechanical engineers, steelworkers, technicians, militia members. Similar to the ESTJ, they have a knack for detail and memorization, but work more behind the scenes instead of up front as a leader.

ESFJ
Home economics, nursing, teaching, administrators, child care, family practice physician, clergy, office managers, counselers, social workers, bookkeeping, accounting, secretaries, organization leaders, dental assistants, homemakers, radiological technologists, receptionists, religious educators, speech pathologists.. They do best in jobs where they can apply their natural warmth at building relationships with other people.

ISFJ
Interior decorators, designers, nurses, administrators, managers, secretaries, child care/early childhood development, social work, counselors, paralegals, clergy, office managers, shopkeepers, bookkeepers, homemakers, gardeners, clerical supervisors, curators, family practice physicians, health service workers, librarians, medical technologists, typists. Tradition-oriented and down-to-earth, they do best in jobs where they can help people achieve their goals, or where structure is needed.

ESTP
Sales representatives, marketers, police, detectives, paramedics, medical technicians, computer technicians, computer technical support, entrepreneurs, comedians, agents, race car drivers, firefighters, military, loan sharks, con men, auditors, carpenters, craft workers, farmers, laborers, service workers, transportation operatives. They have a gift for reacting to and solving immediate problems, and persuading other people.

ISTP
Police, detectives, forensic pathologists, computer programmers, system analysts, computer specialists, engineers, carpenters, mechanics, pilots, drivers, athletes, entrepreneurs, firefighters,  paramedics, construction workers, dental hygienists, electrical engineers, farmers, military, probation officers, steelworkers, transportation operatives, hit men. With the ability to stay calm under pressure, they excel in any job which requires immediate action.

ESFP
Actors, painters, comedians, adult entertainers, sales representatives, teachers, counselors, social workers, child care, fashion designers, interior decorators, consultants, photographers, musicians, human resources managers, clerical supervisors, coaches, factory supervisors, food service workers, receptionists, recreation workers, religious educators, respiratory therapists.  Optimistic and fun-loving, their enthusiasm is great for motivating others.

ISFP
Artists, musicians, composers, designers, child care workers, social workers, counselers, teachers, veterinarians, forest rangers, naturalists, bookkeepers, carpenters, personal service workers, clerical supervisors, secretaries, dental and medical staffers, waiters and waitresses, chefs, nurses, mechanics, physical therapists, x-ray technicians. They tend to do well in the arts, as well as helping others and working with people.

ENFJ
Teachers, consultants, psychiatrists, social workers, counselers, clergy, sales representative, human resources, managers, events coordinators, politicians, diplomats, writers, actors, designers, homemakers, musicians, religious workers, writers. They have a gift of encouraging others actualize themselves, and provide excellent leadership.

INFJ
Counselers, clergy, missionaries, teachers, medical doctors, dentists, chiropractors, psychologists, psychiatrists, writers, musicians, artists, psychics, photographers, child care workers, education consultants, librarians, marketeers, scientists, social workers.. Blessed with an idealistic vision, they do best when they seek to make that vision a reality.

ENFP
Actors, journalists, writers, musicians, painters, consultants, psychologists, psychiatrists, entrepreneurs, teachers, counselors, politicians, diplomats, television reporters, marketers, scientists, sales representatives, artists, clergy, public relations, social scientists, social workers.. Very creative and fun-loving, ENFP personalities excel at careers which allow them to express their ideas and spontaneity.

INFP
Writers, artists, counselors, social workers, English teachers, fine arts teachers, child care workers, clergy, missionaries, psychologists, psychiatrists, scientists, political activists, editors, education consultants, journalists, religious educators, social scientists.. Driven by a strong sense of personal values, they are also highly creative and can offer support from behind the scenes.

ENTJ
Business executives, CEOs, organization founders, business administrators, managers, entrepreneurs, judges, lawyers, computer consultants, university professors, politicians, credit investigators, labor relations worker, marketing department manager, mortgage banker, systems analysts, scientists. They are born to lead and can steer the organization towards their vision, using their excellent organizing and understanding of what needs to get done.

INTJ
Scientists, engineers, professors, teachers, medical doctors, dentists, corporate strategists, organization founders, business administrators, managers, military, lawyers, judges, computer programmers, system analysts, computer specialists, psychologists, photographers, research department managers, researchers, university instructors, chess players. They have a particular skill at grasping difficult, complex concepts and building strategies.

ENTP
Entrepreneurs, lawyers, psychologists, photographers, consultants, sales representatives, actors, engineers, scientists, inventors, marketers, computer programmers, comedians, computer analysts, credit investigators, journalists, psychiatrists, public relations, designers, writers, artists, musicians, politicians. Very freedom-oriented, they need a career which allows them to act independent and express their creativity and insight.

INTP
Physicists, chemists, biologists, photographers, strategic planners, mathematicians, university professors, computer programmers, computer animators, technical writers, engineers, lawyers, forensic researchers, writers, artists, psychologists, social scientists, systems analysts, researchers, surveyors. Highly analytical, they can discover connections between two seemingly unrelated things, and work best when allowed to use their imagination and critical thinking.

Mark Myers – Myers Briggs tests can be found at PersonalValuation.com

What are ENFP Career Strengths. 1 of 2

ENFP careers adviceYou’ve probably heard that if you use your ENFP career strengths, i.e., the inborn qualities that come naturally to you as part of your ENFP personality, you will enjoy your job more.

But did you realize that as well as making you happier, they can also be a great benefit for some employers?

A lot of people don’t so we’re going to look at what ENFP career strengths are and why a lot of us may not be using them.

In the next post we’ll discuss careers options that are well suited to these strengths and the types of employers who value them.  Sound good!

So what are ENFP career strengths?

Here are some of the strengths most commonly associated with ENFPs:

You’re flexible and adaptable
ENFPs and ENTPs are known for being flexible and adaptable, open to change in many forms.  Maybe you’ve even been labeled as restless (!) by others who just don’t understand your need to meet new people and experience new places, ideas and possibilities.

You have good people skills
Lots of people say they have good people skills, in fact it’s one of the most over-used phrases on resumes and CVs.

But ENFPs’ people skills really are good.  They also tend to be fairly specific, namely being able to quickly and easily build up a rapport with all sorts of people, network with ease and do well in jobs that involve reading people, i.e., assessing quickly where they are coming from and what their motivations are.

You’re creative
Although ENFPs and ENFPs are both often described as creative, this creativity isn’t always in the traditional artsy form.

So if you can’t draw, sing or dance don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you aren’t creative!

Your creativity may take the form of ideas, or ideation.  For example, creating new ways of working with people and helping them develop, creating new workshops and ways to communicate with people, or designing innovate marketing and social media campaigns.

What about you?

As you read through these, how did they feel?   Did you recognize them as areas that you are naturally good at?

What about your day-to-day work?  Do you get to use these career strengths regularly?

If you don’t, don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone.  A lot of people are in jobs and careers where they aren’t using their natural strengths and instead need to spend a lot of time developing areas that just don’t come as naturally to them.  But how does this mismatch happen?

Why you might not be using your career strengths

Finding the right career is hard for most people.  It seems to be even harder for ENFPs as many of us want to have careers we really enjoy, careers that we can feel passionate about.  We’re not just looking for a job.

You may want to make your career choice based on what comes naturally to you and what you enjoy doing, but in today’s tough job market that can feel risky.

Added to that, when you are trying to make a career selection many career advisers will tell you just to focus on the tangibles, e.g., your qualifications and expertise.   Family and friends even may have told you that making a career choice based on what you like to do and what comes naturally to you is unnecessary, indulgent or even foolish.

So it’s all too easy to fall back on the standard practice of relying on your skills, qualifications and areas of expertise.

And that just doesn’t feel good does it?

But have you ever thought that you could be selling both yourself and potential employers short?

What if there were employers that would be interested in the talents that come to you naturally as part of your ENFP personality, who value and even need the strengths and personality traits that you naturally possess.

Wouldn’t you want to know who they were and what sort of things you could be doing for them?

Thought so.  In that case you’ll want to read the next article which looks at the areas where your ENFP career strengths will be valued and sought after.