Also known as “The Caregiver”, ESFJ is a personality type in which extraverted feelings are dominant. ESFJ stand for Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving. You may know an ESFJ as the life of the party, a dependable coworker or friend, or as someone with moral-integrity and strong values. Or perhaps you recognize these traits in your own personality.
Anyone with the ESFJ personality type loves people and social interaction. They have a great interest in others and place great importance in being liked and being popular. This can often make them adept at offering support to others.
Strengths and Weaknesses of ESFJs
ESFJ personality types are known for being incredibly reliable, responsible and dependable. This makes them great workers as well as family members, as they always ensure that they are pulling their weight, and often more.
ESFJs are energetic and will often feel inclined to take a more commanding role, particularly in the workplace. This also manifests in a desire to be in control of any given situation and in difficulties with feeling comfortable if they are not in the driving seat.
Despite this desire to be in control, ESFJ’s tend to have high levels of respect for authority, something that is reflected in their own clearly codified system of values and morals. These values are often derived directly from rules and laws that the individual has seen to be effective in society.
Possible Career Choices for ESFJs
People with ESFJ personality types are best suited for management roles, research roles, and clerical roles. These positions provide the structure that an ESFJ needs to survive, while also playing to their other strengths.
Working in a company where employees are given clearly defined roles and duties is going to bring out the positive aspects of an ESFJ’s personality. Any job that gives an ESFJ the chance to accept greater responsibilities, to assume control within the framework of the company, and to progress through the hierarchy on merit is ideal.
Any career that involves a workplace without a clearly delineated system of rules and values is not going to be suitable for an ESFJ. If the ESFJ does not know where she stands at her job or if she is unsure of precisely what is expected of her at any given moment, the job is not going to bring out the best in this personality type.
Knowing your personality is important aspect in making smart career choices. Better understanding yourself can help you find the work that matches your interests and talents. The Career Project performed one-on-one interviews with professionals in your fields of interest to create unique career profiles, which you can browse now to learn more. For more information on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, see our first post.