6 Job-Search Strengths and Challenges for Introverts

6 Job-Search Strengths and Challenges for Introverts
From Recruiter - November 21, 2016

After a sleepless night and a very long day at work, Im not too keen on going to a business networking event tonight. Normally Id go, but I see the following scenario unfolding: The night will start off fine, but soon I willbecome tired and want to leave, most likely at 7:00 p.m.

So Ill to do what is best for all: I wont go to the event.

Im an introvert, so this is really the best decision. The chance of me getting a second wind is highly unlikely. My counterpart, the extravert, is that person who will suddenly come to life. But not me. In the case of this networking event, I stay home.

Introverts and extraverts both have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the job search. Here are six introvert strengthsas well as some of the ways that these strengths can pose challenges:

1. Knowing When to Say No

This is one of the introverts strengths. They tend not to overextend themselves. In other words, they know their limits.

Some people think introverts may not attend after hours events because of an inability to communicate. This couldnt be further from the truth. Ones preference for introversion or extraversion is about energy, not ones ability to communicate with others. Introverts recharge their batteries by being alone, whereas extraverts recharge theirs by being with others.

Challenge: There are times when introverts need to suck it up and attend important events, such as the networking event described above. Although they may be tired, they have to look at the endgame and the rewards it may bring.

2. Talking About the Big Picture Instead of Engaging in Small Talk

The way introverts communicate begins with the way they think. They are drawn to topics of interest and enjoy exploring them at great length. I have to admit that making chitchat is not of the utmost importance to me. This is because introverts like myself prefer to think deeper, rather than wider.

Challenge: Small talk is a skill that has its place, particularly during job interviews, when speaking with superiors and colleagues, and at social events. Introverts must rise to the occasion and draw upon resources like current affairs and topics that are relevant to the audience.

3. Thinking Before Speaking

The introvertsability to speak with intelligence is about timing. They choose to share their thoughts when they have their ideas well formulated, not a minute sooner. This is not always true of extraverts, who tend to dominate meetings or social gatherings.

Challenge: Unfortunately, introverts might wait a bit too long to contribute their ideas during a meeting. Its important to concentrate on the conversation, particularly when extraverts are conversing at a fast rate.

4. Listening When Others Speak


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