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Even in a tight economy, hiring happens. However, finding
suitable opportunities and landing a job is more difficult. Part
of the challenge for introverts is stepping into the spotlight
and becoming more visible in the face of increased competition.
Here are seven tips for conducting a more effective search.
1. Focus Your Search:
It's tempting to say, "I'll take anything," but a focused search works
best. Identify your skills and the kinds of jobs they relate to. It's okay
to pursue more than one kind of job, but you'll need separate, targeted
resumes and letters for each.
2. Develop a Target List of Employers:
Build on your introverted strengths by doing some research and
developing a list of employers in the areas that you're qualified for
and interested in, and visit their web sites regularly.
One of the ways employers save money is by not advertising on
the well-known Internet sites or in newspapers - they simply post
openings on their own web sites. They figure that if you're truly inter-
ested in working for them, you'll come to them, rather than their
reaching out to find you.
3. Identify What Distinguishes You:
Remember that hiring is a competitive process. Employers will
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want to know not only that you have a particular skill
set, but also what sets you apart from others with similar
Think about the hiring process from the employer's
perspective. If you can identify the value you offer and
the achievements or attributes or skills that distinguish
you from other candidates, you will make yourself more
attractive to the employer and provide the justification
for selecting you.
As you review your distinguishing accomplishments
and qualities, remind yourself, too, about the many positive
attributes that introverts are recognized for and their
benefits to employers - for example, good listening skills,
calm demeanor, well-thought-out ideas, just to name a
4. Articulate Your Value:
With companies tightening their belts, it's more impor-
tant than ever, when possible, to demonstrate in measurable
terms the benefits you can bring or, for jobs that don't
lend themselves to numerical results, to speak to the pos-
itive impact you can make on the employer.
Practice your success stories so that you become more
comfortable promoting yourself.
To avoid the appearance of boasting, a key concern of
many introverts, focus on citing the opinions of others,
bring a portfolio of work samples, or simply report the
5. Update Your Skills:
Make sure that your skills are current. Employers want
added value for the dollars they spend - consider taking
a course or workshop or even a short program to add a
new skill set or perhaps a certification to the skills you
If you're part of an industry that is in decline, it may
make sense to acquire an entirely new set of skills in a
6. Look for the Unadvertised Jobs:
It sounds counter-intuitive, but your search will be
more productive and effective if you spend less time
scouring Internet job sites and newspaper classifieds and
spend more time building and maintaining relationships
in which you become a resource for others.
When money is tight, many employers choose not to
pay to post job openings. More than ever, they fill jobs
through word-of-mouth. You will learn about these unad-
vertised job opportunities by cultivating relationships.
Here again, as an introvert, this can play to your strengths.
7. Be Patient and Persistent:
The hiring process never happens on your timetable.
In a tight economy, the process may drag on longer
than usual as companies and departments sort out their
budgets and proceed extra cautiously.
So prepare yourself emotionally for a drawn-out process
and continue to pursue other opportunities.
At the same time, follow up with companies you've
already applied to and demonstrate your continued interest
in being considered. If possible, find out the status of
the process. Introverts are sometimes uncomfortable that
they will appear to be pushy, but hiring managers want
to know that you are interested.
BOTTOM LINE: A tough economy is tough on everyone,
so plan, practice, and be patient. You will find that new
job, sooner or later (although hardly ever soon enough).
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