Job Searching & Interviewing Tips for Introverts
There are varying degrees of introversion, of course, but many share similar traits. Typically, they gain more energy from being alone rather than with a crowd of people. To adapt to the over stimulation that society often brings, some introverts put up walls that make them seem standoffish instead. However, most just enjoy introspection, need more solitude, and have a more focused and slower communication style.
For introverts, some aspects of job searching can be particularly difficult! But don’t fear—there are ways to adjust or adapt and improve your skills at job searching and interviewing for positions. This includes networking, attending conferences or meetings, speaking with recruiters, giving a speech, making phone calls, and interviewing.
First, practice makes… it easier. We don’t need to aim for perfection here. Just a little more comfort and a little less anxiety! The more often you do it, the more natural it will become. Nerves have you avoiding making that phone call or introducing yourself to that possible connection? Practice your pitch, use a close friend or family member to listen, or talk in front of a mirror. Maybe the first few real opportunities don’t go as well as you hope, but each time is a little more practice and a lot more improvement.
You can also use business cards as a buffer. Handing those out at events can be a helpful conversation starter and, bonus, if you get cards in return it’s a great way to follow up! You can send an email afterwards to continue networking.
If large crowds are most difficult, look for other opportunities where you can meet one-on-one or in small groups. Ask that connection to meet for coffee or attend an industry-focused “lunch and learn” where you’re more likely to listen rather than mingle. Some networking groups offer “speed dating” events where you still have the chance to meet a lot of people, but in one-on-one situations. For introverts, those can be much more beneficial than group settings anyway!
Finally, use other resources to your advantage! The internet is a great place to start searching from the comfort of your home. If you do have a meeting or interview set up, Google information on their background and use LinkedIn for news so you have talking points. Additionally, look for your local temporary employment agencies and get registered! Have difficulty getting out there and making calls? Temp agencies help do that leg work for you. At our two TransHire locations in South Florida, we work with your skills and our network of clients to help place you in your next career position. Give us a call today if you’re in the area—we’re here to help!