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.


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