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Job Search Tips to Help Introverts Stand Out

Published: January 10, 2014 Author: Clearpoint Tags: Job Hunting - Interviewing

Is your idea of "socializing" running into an acquaintance unexpectedly and having an awkward five-minute conversation? Does your dream job involve never interacting with your co-workers? You might be an introvert--and if you're looking for a job right now, you could be having a hard time.

Most introverts are shy, yet competent people, and often have trouble communicating their own value to others. This is detrimental to a job search, which by nature requires outgoing self-promotion. If you're struggling to navigate the extrovert-friendly waters of job hunting, these tips can help you get your bearings and sail on to success.

Accept yourself and your limitations

You know who you are and what you're capable of doing. As an introvert, there are some settings you'll never be comfortable in--and that's okay. When you understand the types of situations that can trigger difficulties, you can be prepared to meet the challenge instead of letting it catch you off guard.

Introverts are often hard on themselves, and feel like they have to apologize for being shy. Resist this temptation. Replace your apologetic tendencies with confidence in the talents you know you have--including your ability to learn some directness during interviews.

Focus on your positives

Speaking of your talents, one good way to get through the socially uncomfortable interview session is to play them up. Spend some time considering your strengths, and build stories around those strengths that you can tell during an interview. When you're prepared to talk about what makes you a good candidate, you'll be less likely to spend time berating yourself for your faults--during and after the interview.

Take advantage of online channels

It's easier for an introvert to work online, because the environment lacks the pressure of face-to-face interaction. You can carry out quite a bit of your job search process online. Start with networking--let everyone you're connected with online know that you're currently job hunting, and ask for any leads they might have.

You can also research companies you're applying to online, so the familiarity will help you relax more during an interview. And in many cases, you can make initial contact with a potential employer through an electronic cover letter and resume, either emailed or sent through a job board.

Practice before you preach

For many introverts, the source of social discomfort is the factor of the unknown. You can reduce your discomfort levels by knowing what you're going to say, and how you'll say it, ahead of time. In other words: rehearse.

Practice talking about your strengths, telling your stories, and answering possible interview questions out loud--preferably in front of a mirror. When you have your responses down smoothly, consider asking a friend to run through a mock interview with you. This will let you practice back-and-forth, and help you prepare for unexpected conversational directions.

With introverts, a little bit of confidence can go a long way. Give yourself the boost you need, and you can enjoy a successful job search that ends with a satisfying career. If you are looking for technical recruiters in Houston TX, contact us today.

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