We have discussed tips to help introverts and extroverts with their job search, and today we are going to discuss one more category you may, or may not, have heard of. When considering your personality, do you find yourself bouncing between the characteristics of being both an introvert and an extrovert? Do you love being social, but also require your alone time to recharge? Are you both the life of the party and the wallflower, depending on the day? If you answered yes, you likely are an ambivert.
Let’s discuss what that means, and some tips for your job search.
What is an ambivert?
Merriam Webster defines an ambivert as: “a person having characteristics of both extrovert and introvert.” Ambiverts are often at an advantage as they are more flexible in situations, and can adapt to people and circumstances naturally and, often, more easily.
As an ambivert, you can lean toward both introverted and extroverted behaviour. When it comes time for your job search, lean more into your extroverted side, which will help you connect with your network and have conversations with a variety of people. Whether it be in person, or online, use your strong social skills to make those necessary connections, and hit the ground running.
Be self aware
When you waver between both sides, it can be challenging to recognize what characteristics you should bring to the forefront, and which ones should take a backseat. When interviewing, for example, you have the advantage of being able to be both engaging in conversation, and an effective and active listener.
The trick is to be self aware in the moment, so that you can recognize what is required of you to best market yourself. Effectively showcase your ability to adapt, depending on what is needed, and/or expected of you. Being aware of where you are on the introvert-to-extrovert spectrum at any given time will help you adapt and succeed in your job search.
Know your strengths
Even as an ambivert, it is important to understand your strengths. You might be comfortable being the center of attention, but you would prefer it be short lived. While you may enjoy working alone, you might also crave working closely with a team.
Therefore, when it comes to searching for a job, lean into where your comfort and strengths will serve you best. If a job requires you to work alone most of the time, but you know you will miss working alongside others, it might not be the best fit.
Whether you are an extrovert, introvert, or ambivert, you have the skills to be successful on your job search journey. However, understanding which characteristics and situations you are most comfortable with will not only help you find a job that you enjoy, but also one that you will also be successful at.
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