Job Searching Tips for Introverts

by Amanda May, Head Editor, INALJ North Dakota

Job Searching Tips for Introverts

Amanda MayIf you are an introvert, like me, you may not be the biggest fan of social interactions.  If I had to choose between a large group meeting and going to the dentist, I would probably choose to go to the dentist.  Nonetheless, I do understand that social interactions, like interviews and meetings, are vital to the job searching process.  Here are some ideas to make your search a little bit easier:

  • Schedule breaks between meetings and interviews: Back-to-back meetings are tough for anyone, but as an introvert, it can be an exhausting experience.  That is why I think that it is really important to have time to “recharge” after a meeting.  I use the breaks to reflect on the meeting or interview.  Most of all, I have time to collect my thoughts and relax.  Even fifteen minutes can help me prepare for the next meeting or interview.
  • Plan questions and conversation starters:  It sounds kind of cheesy, but I recommend taking the time to plan out ways to start a conversation.  There will be small talk in meetings or interviews, so I find it nice to have something to fall back on in a group situation.
  • Go to networking events:  I’ll be honest.  I don’t like networking events.  The idea of talking to people that I have never met gives me the heebie-jeebies.  Yet, I do understand their importance.  They help people know who you are and what you can do.  While you may want to avoid a networking event or leave as soon as you get there, challenge yourself to stay a certain amount of time.  You may only stay for a half an hour, but you still would have met people.  The next time you go to a networking event, try to stay a little bit longer.
  • Don’t pretend to be someone else: I made the mistake of pretending to be much more extroverted.  It was exhausting.  I spent so much time trying to put across this idea of myself; I didn’t have the energy to work on what was important to me and my job.  Don’t get me wrong, I do think it is important to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.  Just remember that there really is a limit, and that’s okay. This is who you are.  Embrace it and be awesome.

 

  10 comments for “Job Searching Tips for Introverts

  1. August 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This is a great short-and-sweet article with tips that I want to weave into my job-hunting process when I begin in a few months. I posted a link to this article on my LinkedIn group for informational interviews (Link Before You Leap – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Link-Before-You-Leap-Informational-1895602/about) because most of the tips are very relevant for informational interviews, too.

  2. brittany
    July 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This is a helpful one. I really appreciate it! Esp the last bit.

    • Montana to Pennsylvania editors
      August 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

      I’m glad that you enjoyed it! – Amanda

  3. Sara
    July 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Do introverts get “stage fright” when interviewing? The pasty mouth, lose your ideas and forget to say important things… This is me. I feel I am an introvert but not as extreme as others. I’ve been working so hard on networking and gaining as many experiences as possible. But I just suck in interviews and it is exhausting being rejected over and over. I wish I was an extrovert!

    • Illinois to Missouri editors
      July 31, 2013 at 8:50 am

      I forget to say important things, yes, but then I just email the interviewer(s) and mention something like, “I forgot to mention this during the interview but…..” Or I keep a notepad of important things to mention. I’ve yet to find anyone who minds. – Tiffany INALJ Missouri

      • Montana to Pennsylvania editors
        August 1, 2013 at 9:20 am

        Great suggestions, Tiffany. I do them as well. – Amanda, INALJ North Dakota

  4. Vicki Roberts
    July 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Regarding networking, I am sending letters to people I have been referred to just to try to build up contacts. I don’t know many of these people. A few people have responded to my letters, but now what. Would you suggest I call the individuals who haven’t responded and verify that they received my letter, and wondered if they had any advice, etc. I am so uncomfortable doing this.

    • Sara
      July 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      I’ve been using LinkedIn to connect to people (those that are on there). Every time I meet someone at a networking event, I look them up, ask them to connect and say something like “it was nice to meet you” or “thanks for doing that tech presentation.” So far my networking has not helped me with my job search but I enjoy knowing people at other events.

      I guess I would maybe visit those people at their libraries, if possible (I love to library hop!) or just introduce yourself at the next event. Or have others introduce you in the future in person.

    • Montana to Pennsylvania editors
      August 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

      I attended a webinar about LinkedIn, but the presenter also talked about reaching out to people that you do not know. She said that if the people do not respond back to you in a timely matter, they may just be busy or they may not respond back at all. She said that it’s okay if this happens and to not let it bother you. It is definitely tough, and I wish you the best of luck. There are a lot of really good books out there on networking for introverts. I definitely recommend that you check them out. – Amanda, INALJ North Dakota.

  5. Traci
    July 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    This is completely me. Extroverts recharge through social interaction & more stimuli, while us introverts recharge by retreating to ourselves for a refresher. Thank you… these tips will be helping me with an upcoming public event. :)

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