Thursday, August 14, 2014

Choosing a Job That Fits Your Introverted Temperament

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog 

In my preceding post, I discuss Susan Cain's book Quiet and her TED Talk on introverts. In this post, I share a video interview (below) with Ms. Cain, where she delves more into her book and the topic of introversion. Although the video is titled, "Networking for Introverts," it covers much more ground. In particular, I enjoy Ms. Cain's discussion of choosing your career wisely. She advises introverts to make sure a job is a good fit for your temperament. She says that people looking for work focus on salary, benefits, and their office space, when they should be making sure they aren't choosing a job where they have to be "on" all day long. Watch the video here:

I think this is sanity-saving advice for introverts and shy people. There's no better way for introverts and shy people to feel uncomfortable and drained on the job than by constantly having to interact with people, deal with angry customers, or speak publicly. As an introvert, I need lots of alone time to think, strategize, plan, write, edit, proofread, and just work when on the job. If I don't get this time, I become tired, cranky, and very eager to get away from a workplace to regroup and recharge.

Ms. Cain's also discusses networking and advises introverts to seek just one kindred spirit at a party or event, instead of feeling pressured to come away with a handful of business cards.

Enjoy the video, and let's give a cheer for the introvert's advocate, Susan Cain.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Viva, Solitude for Introverts!

I finally read Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. The book is a New York Times bestseller and focuses on the strengths, talents, and contributions of introverts. In her book, Cain discusses how introverts should be valued and nourished in a society that prizes extroverts. 

Cain's TED talk on the topic is an inspiring must-view for everyone, but especially for introverts, because it is so affirming of how we are. In Cain’s talk, I love how she discusses the “transcendent power of solitude” as being crucial for creativity. “For some people,” Cain says, solitude “is the air that they breathe.” 

“Let’s give introverts the freedom to be themselves,” she implores. I couldn’t agree more! Take 20 minutes from your job search to view Susan Cain’s talk. It will affirm you, inspire you, refresh you, and strengthen you. 

After you view the video, please comment on how it made you feel!