It’s so easy to get beaten down by a job search, especially when you’re introverted.
My clients come to me with these concerns:
- I’m tired of being judged.
- All of these interview teams are filled with people half my age.
- I did everything I right in that submission, and no one ever got back to me about a decision.
- Please don’t make me network. I hate that word and I can’t stand the whole idea!
- I felt like a dinosaur, like I’d been frozen in time when I learned about the changes in the job market and how resumes are done now. I’m so eternally grateful for what I’ve learned.
There are so many dimensions to a job search:
- selecting a job target that suits you (what if I have more than one direction I’d like to pursue?)
- developing your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile (should I include my photo on my LinkedIn profile? is it best to leave the date that I received my undergraduate degree off my resume?)
- finding positions that are a good match (there’s nothing out there at my level! what if I want to work from home – how do I avoid scams?)
- networking (the topic that makes every introvert cringe!)
- handling phone screens (why did they ask me about my salary requirements in the first five minutes?)
- dressing for the interview (should I wear nylons? jewelry? what about skirt length?)
- negotiating the salary (I don’t want to jeopardize the offer, but it seems low)
- transitioning to your new role (there’s someone on the team who doesn’t seem to like me)
Imagine tackling all of these topics from with support from someone who has your back.
A job search feels more vulnerable than most other endeavors we tackle because for the most part, the job seeker in a power down position, seemingly scrambling for a coveted interview and then yearning for an offer. There’s an air of desperation, and a cloud of fear hangs over the entire process. It can easily beat us down and make us wonder whether we have any value to offer the world – at least any value that commands decent money in the marketplace.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
When you are grounded in your strengths, when you’re clear about what you’re bringing to the table, when you recognize how to address unspoken worries from the interviewer with grace and finesse, your energy completely shifts.
I’ve worked with 100s of clients to land coveted positions within the corporate world, nonprofits, government (including public education and higher education), and startups.
When you’re prepared for a job search, when you know your strengths and how they fit into the position and the company that you’re pursuing, you know your value. Once you know how to present yourself favorably, your energy changes, your confidence shows up, and you’re ready to move through this process.
Before you start backing slowly towards the door at the mention of selling yourself (or even worse, networking), remember that as introverts, we have superpowers (like listening) that allow us to hear undercurrents and speak to what’s not being said. Plus, we can do that artfully and with finesse. I promise that you will not have to contort yourself into an extroverted shape to create what you want with your career. You can do it by staying true to yourself and by standing strong in who you are and what you offer.
Schedule time on my calendar for a free discovery call, and we’ll talk about what you’re pursuing.