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Even in a tight economy, hiring hap-
pens. However, finding suitable opportu-
nities and landing a job is more difficult.
Part of the challenge for introverts is step-
ping into the spotlight and becoming more
visible in the face of increased competition.
Here are seven tips for conducting a more ef-
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 employ-
ers 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 Inter-
net sites or in newspapers - they simply post
openings on their own web sites. They figure
that if you're truly interested 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 pro-
cess. Employers will want to know not only that
you have a particular skill set, but also what
sets you apart from others with similar skills.
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 jus-
tification for selecting you.
As you review your distinguishing accom-
plishments and qualities, remind yourself, too,
about the many positive attributes that intro-
verts are recognized for and their benefits to
employers - for example, good listening skills,
calm demeanor, well-thought-out ideas, just
to name a few.
4. Articulate Your Value:
With companies tightening their belts, it's
more important than ever, when possible, to
demonstrate in measurable terms the bene-
fits you can bring or, for jobs that don't lend
themselves to numerical results, to speak to the
positive 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, bringing a portfolio of
work samples, or simply reporting the facts.
5. Update Your Skills:
Make sure that your skills are current. Em-
ployers 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 al-
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 growing field.
Job Search for Introverts in a Tight Economy
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 employ-
ers choose not to pay to post job openings.
More than ever, they fill jobs through word-
of-mouth. You will learn about these un-
advertised 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
In a tight economy, the process may drag
on longer than usual as companies and de-
partments sort out their budgets and proceed
So prepare yourself emotionally for a
drawn-out process and continue to pursue
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 man-
agers want to know that you are interested.
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).
In a tight economy, the
process may drag on
longer than usual as com-
panies and departments
sort out their budgets and
proceed extra cautiously.
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