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Networking Nugget: Highlighting Introvert Value

By Wendy Gelberg

Usually when we think about diversity, we think about categories such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or age. But what about personality type?

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A workforce that includes a mix of extrovert and introvert types balances the strengths and weaknesses of both groups.

If you are an introvert looking for work, take the opportunity to present those strengths in the course of your search - not by using the label itself, but by providing examples of the value you bring.

Highlight the successes you've had precisely because of the qualities that come from your introvert personality type. For example:

  • Do you, like many introverts, tend to be cautious before jumping into an activity or moving forward in a potentially risky direction?

    If so, that has probably resulted in avoiding some undesirable outcomes. Tell that story in your networking, resume, cover letter, and job interviews.
  • Do you, like many introverts, tend to deliberate before offering an opinion or proposing an idea or action plan?

    If so, perhaps you saved time or money for your employer by having a fully-formulated plan, ready for implementation, with the bugs and kinks already worked out. Tell that story in your networking, resume, cover letter, and job interviews.
  • Do you, like many introverts, project a calm demeanor?

    If so, your calm may have enabled you to handle crises very effectively or served to reassure others and keep them focused on the task at hand. Tell that story in your networking, resume, cover letter, and job interviews.

Bottom Line:

Showcase the successes you've had because of your introverted nature to demonstrate the value of having a personality-diverse workforce.


About the author...

Wendy Gelberg is a Career Navigator at JVS CareerSolution in Boston and author of The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career. She is a certified career coach and resume writer whose expertise is in helping people who are uncomfortable "tooting their own horn." Wendy writes resumes, gives workshops, coaches individuals, and writes articles and blogs on all aspects of the job search process. Samples of her resumes and career advice appear in over 20 books. Wendy has been a career coach and resume writer for over 15 years. She has been an introvert her whole life. Contact Wendy at wgelberg@careersolution.org.


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