If you are an introvert, you will be under a lot of pressure while searching a job. This can give rise to anxiety and panic. However, even introverts have commendable qualities that make them good workers and many employers even admire such people for their diligence and hard work. So, never underestimate your ability to get the perfect job. Here are 10 tips that will help you conduct an effective job search.
Look for a job that will boost your energy levels rather than drain them out. Introverts are great at staying calm under pressure, strategizing and being creative. So look for jobs that help you bring your strengths to the forefront and do not require you to work with large groups of people. If you select a job that does not take into consideration your intrinsic nature, you will feel overwhelmed and just hate getting up in the morning and going to work.
The thought of being in a room filled with people can be frightening and intimidating for introverts. This does not mean that you cannot create a network of contacts. You can. All you need to do is find the right opportunity to create a situation where you can network with people and influencers on a one-to-one basis. Most introverts are good listeners and this is an admirable quality that you can use while networking with individuals. If you set up a meeting, be sure to list down your questions and do some background research on the person.
It can be intimidating to go for interviews or networking events. But you can overcome your fears by practicing the conversation at home. Just stand in front of the mirror and go through different scenarios and questions. If you like, you can also ask a friend to help you out. If you have a rehearsed script, chances are less that you will get tongue tied or feel stressed out. The more you practice, the better you will get in communicating and mingling with strangers.
While being an introvert may be perceived as a weakness, you still have several strengths that can be an asset to an organization. During an interview rather than stressing on your introvert nature, you should be looking to highlight your strengths, so that the interviewer realizes that you will make a great employee.
You may already have a network and a friend circle that knows your nature and limitations. You should not feel embarrassed to tap on these resources to find the ideal job for yourself. In fact, your existing network and friends will be best placed to recommend you to prospective employers and set up a meeting. This is because they are not only aware of your introvert nature, but also know your traits and strengths which make you an asset for an organization.
If you find networking and meeting with people too stressful, you can always work with a recruiter. This may actually be a good idea, as many introverts do not have the ability to sell themselves to prospective employers.
Being an introvert, you will never look forward to an interview. You will dread it, as you will have to talk to strangers. However, you must look at an interview as an opportunity to see whether the organization is a good fit for you and whether you will enjoy working there. So stay calm and ask relevant questions, so that you can judge these things.
If you are truly unsuccessful in finding the right career path, it is time to get a mentor to guide you. The right mentor can instill confidence into you and show you how to cope with your nature without adversely affecting your job prospects.
Many people will tell you to pretend during interviews and meetings, so that you get out of your comfort zone and overcome your inherent shyness and dislike for being amidst people. While this can be beneficial at times, it is not advisable. If you get a job pretending to be someone you are not, you will not like your job and dread going to work. Also, do not apologize for being an introvert. It is not a crime. Love yourself and this will help you stay calm and confident during meetings and interviews.
Introverts are constantly thrown in situations that increase their stress levels. You will not succeed in your job search if you are constantly stressed out and anxious. So learn to meditate to calm yourself down and handle all the stress that comes your way because of meeting strangers or being put into situations you do not like.
These are some tips that will make it easier for you to find a job if you are an introvert. There are several more, but these are a start.
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