by Amanda May, Head Editor, INALJ North Dakota
Job Searching Tips for Introverts
If 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.