Introverts unite! It is no secret that if you identify as an introvert that certain tasks, especially ones that involve interacting with people, may be challenging. So, while hunting for employment is stressful for most, it can be even more so for introverts. Today, let’s discuss a few tips you can consider.
What is an introvert?
Merriam-Webster defines an introvert as “a person whose personality is characterized by introversion : a typically reserved or quiet person who tends to be introspective and enjoys spending time alone.” In general, introverts prefer small groups of people, usually with those they know well, and can struggle when meeting new people or when situations are unfamiliar. Therefore, it is important to know how to navigate the job-hunting process as an introvert. This way, you will feel more at ease, and less anxious, throughout the process.
For most introverts, the unknown is terrifying. The more you can prepare ahead of time, the easier it will be. When it comes time for an interview, write down answers to commonly asked questions, practice with a friend or family member, and research the company as much as possible. While there will still be unknowns, you will feel much more prepared, and hopefully less uneasy as you head into your interview.
Use your network
Networking does not always mean you have to connect with new people. Use those within your current circle who can help you in the job search process. Reach out to friends, former and current colleagues, and capitalize on the people you already know. Often, current connections can introduce you to someone they know and trust, which makes building a relationship with someone new much easier.
Allow yourself time and space
Be sure not to over schedule your day, which will certainly make you more nervous. Give yourself breaks to recharge in between interviews if possible. While you will not always be in control of when an interview will take place, try to arrange your day so that you can give yourself what you need to put your best foot forward. Continue to do things you enjoy while searching for a job and allow yourself downtime when needed.
Consider your strengths
Some jobs might not be a good fit. It is important to consider what energizes you and brings out your best self and skill set. If you know that after reading a job posting that it is not going to be ideal for you, move on to the next. However, do not sell yourself short! Many introverts can be successful in jobs they may not have considered. If a job posting piques your interest, go for it!
Ask for help
Looking for a job is overwhelming. Do not be afraid to ask for help and reach out to the people in your life who can offer support. You may want to consider hiring professionals to help you in your journey. From your resume to your interview, our team can help guide you throughout the process. Often having someone in your corner, and who is working closely with you, will give you the extra push you need to reach your goals.
Are you an introvert? If you have questions or would like to chat with us about how we can help, we would love to hear from you!