Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Aggressively Using Your Introvert Strengths in Job Searching

Your job search probably looks something like this: 
  1. You sit at a computer and search for job openings.
  2. You complete an online application.
  3. You hit SEND.
  4. You wait for the employer to call.
  5. And wait.
  6. And wait.
  7. Then you repeat the process.
Shy Job Seeker Blog: Don't hide out during your job search
Hiding won't help you stand out in the job search.

Comfortable Job Searching Won't Get You Hired

Many job seekers--not just introverts--take this same send-and-wait approach. It's passive job searching and not much different than in the old days when job hunters snail-mailed dozens of resumes and completed dozens of job applications.

As an introvert, you most likely find passive job searching pretty comfortable. You feel as if you are accomplishing something.


Standing Back Won't Help You Stand Out

The problem is, as you may already know, sending resume after resume often results in no response. Employers receive dozens and even hundreds of resumes for open jobs. You can't stand out when your resume is in a big pile--virtual or physical--with many others. It took me three years to find a job using the docile approach.

So you need to stand out. Ugh. You don't want to stand out. Blending in is much easier. And the thought of having to be more assertive makes you feel downright ill. 

Aggressively Using Your Introvert Strengths in Job Searching

How can you stand out without pain? Consciously and aggressively use your introvert strengths, such as these:
  • Attention to detail
  • Good writing and spelling
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Effective research skills
  • Good manners
  • Diligence
  • Concentration
  • Perseverance
It sounds like an oxymoron to be an aggressive introvert. But using the strong points you possess as a shy or introverted person can help you craft a compelling cover letter and a tailored resume to the right employers--and to keep going when others give up. Plus, using your introvert strengths is not painful.

What other strengths can introverts bring to the job search? It's time to use them all to get hired.

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