Monday, July 15, 2013

Introverted English Majors Have Job-Market Edge

Many introverted and shy people I know are English majors. Drawn to reading, analysis, and a love of words, introverts find stimulation, beauty, symmetry, refuge, and inspiration in language and literature study.

In a recent column, author and USA TODAY columnist  discusses how he loves hiring English majors for small business.

Shy Job Seeker Blog--English Majors Are Prized in Business
English majors are prized in business.
"I love English majors. I love how smart they are. I love their intellectual curiosity. And I love their bold choice for a major. Most of all, I love to hire them," Strauss declares.

English Major Traits Prized in Business

Strauss cites the following English major traits as important in his hires:
  • Smarts. English majors "know how to think, to think for themselves, and how to analyze a problem....English majors are used to getting a tough assignment, figuring it out, and getting it done," Strauss writes.
  • Boldness. Strauss states English majors can spot problems and boldly identify solutions.
  • Writing ability. English majors are great at writing blogs, emails, and enewsletters--all important in business today, Strauss explains.
  • Easy to work with. Strauss says English majors are easy to work with, which makes them great assets in organizations.

What Other English Major Traits Are Important in Business?

Based on my experience in hiring English majors, I agree with Strauss! Are you an introverted English major? What other traits do English majors possess that are prized in the business world? Have you seen renewed interest in the hiring of English majors as content needs grow?

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