Tips for Introverted and Underated Job Speekers

Introverts possess many strengths, many of which are even admired by employers.

By Hannah Morgan April 24, 2013

You may feel pressured to be more outgoing and extroverted, especially during your job search. Don't despair: Introverts possess many strengths, many of which are even admired by employers.

If you haven't already admitted you're an introvert, you may need to recognize the characteristics of one. They prefer to think before they act. They regain energy by being alone. They need time to formulate ideas in their heads before talking about them. They prefer depth over breadth; this is true of relationships and information. An introvert prefers fewer deep and meaningful relationships over hundreds of contacts. Introverts also tend to dive deep into topics they're interested in. Creativity, strategizing and remaining calm under pressure are several other strengths not to overlook. Self-awareness is the first step to appreciating the desirable qualities and overcoming those that limit your career and job search.

Meet people one-on-one. The thought of networking in a big crowd is scary, repulsive, intimidating and many other less-than-positive descriptors to an introvert. It isn't as though they can't network—they can—they're just more comfortable meeting individuals one at a time. And because introverts are good listeners, they come across as likable.

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