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Wendy Gelberg Job Search for Introverts Expert

Wendy Gelberg is the founder of Gentle Job Search & Career Services and author of The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career and Job-Hunt's FREE 15-Minute Guide to Job Networking for Introverts an eBook.

Wendy 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.

Her passion is teaching, both in group settings and one-on-one, and she loves facilitating those "aha" moments when people discover information that is meaningful and helpful to them.

One of her own "aha" moments came when she realized the need for job search advice that speaks to people who are introverted or shy or just plain modest about promoting themselves. Wendy encourages people to celebrate their introverted or more reserved nature. She believes people can capitalize on their unique strengths to succeed in the job search process using proven strategies that have helped others who are shy or introverted.

Wendy's academic background includes a Certificate of Advanced Study from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, a Master's in Education from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester. She has earned industry certifications in coaching, resume writing and interviewing. She is also qualified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment.

Samples of Wendy's work and career advice appear in over 20 books and publications, and she has been invited to speak at professional associations and organizations on various career and job search topics. Wendy has been a career coach and resume writer for more than 15 years. She has been an introvert her whole life. Contact Wendy at wgelberg at careersolution.org.

Articles by Wendy Gelberg

The Job Search Process for Introverts:

  • Introverts' Path to Job Search Success
    What does it take to land a job? A recently successful job seeker described her strategy for finding a job - not just any job, but the one she really wanted, with the organization she most wanted to work for. Her approach is worth sharing.
  • Introverts' Job Search Advantages
    People who are shy or introverted often tell me they feel at a disadvantage during the job search process, with its emphasis on social interaction and self-promotion.
  • Managing the Message About Your Value
    "I'm [name of political candidate], and I approve this message." We've heard that refrain hundreds of times every election season and, while we may be sick of hearing it, it serves an important purpose
  • Careers for Introverts
    There's a wonderful saying: Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life. (Often attributed to Confucius.) That leads to a frequently asked question: What kinds of jobs or careers are suitable for introverts?
  • Introverts as Leaders
    A study reported in a recent Harvard Business School newsletter revealed that introverts can be just as effective as extroverts in leadership roles on the job - and in some situations, even more so.
  • Proud to Be an Introvert
    "I used to be an introvert." Several people have said that to me in the last few weeks, and the phrase makes me cringe.
  • Finding a Job That Fits
    As an introvert, chances are you've felt some degree of disconnect with the rest of the world at times. Our society prizes extroverted behaviors and undervalues introverted ones, and this often gets played out in work environments.
  • The 4 P's of Job Search Success
    I connected with Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., the author of a wonderful book called "The Introverted Leader: Building On Your Quiet Strength." This article is my adaptation of her "4 P's Process" to the job hunt.
  • 10 Steps to a Successful Introverts' Job Search
    A colleague, himself a self-described introvert, asked me to list my top ten tips for introverts to compare with his own. Here's the list.
  • Introverts' Guide to Recruiters and Staffing Firms
    If you're an introvert, probably nothing would please you more than having someone else promote you in the job search process. (Actually, many extroverts would welcome that, too.)
  • Introverts' Job Search Quiz
    Are you on top of your game when it comes to finding a job? Take this True/False quiz* and find out.
  • Job Search in a Tight Economy
    Even in a tight economy, hiring happens. However, finding suitable opportunities and landing a job is more difficult. Here are seven tips for conducting a more effective search.
  • Lessons from Presidential Campaigns
    Imagine conducting your job search in public, where your actions and words were reported for all to comment on. That's probably a nightmare scenario if you're shy or introverted (and maybe even for some who are extroverted).
  • Highlighting Introvert Diversity Value
    Usually when we think about diversity, we think about categories such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or age. But what about personality type?

Job Interviewing Tips for Introverts:

  • Alternatives to Self-Promotion
    One of the hardest parts about looking for a new job is the need to promote yourself - especially since people often feel they have to brag, when in most other social encounters we're taught not to brag.
  • Informational Interviewing for Introverts
    In the Careers for Introverts article, I suggested using LinkedIn to reach out to people who work in a career that you're exploring, to actually talk with someone already doing the job and learn more about it - in other words, to have an informational interview.
  • Express Enthusiasm in Job Interviews
    An HR Director I know once told me about one of the best hires he ever made - a woman he later came to realize was an introvert - but almost didn't hire because she showed so little apparent interest in the opportunity.
  • Beating Introvert Interview Fears
    Most people find interviews stressful, but if you're an introvert, interviewing poses special challenges. Let's look at some of the most common fears and how to address them to help you master the interview.

Job Networking for Introverts:

  • The Real Goal of Networking
    Career experts constantly assert that networking is key in searching for a job. Job seekers, in turn, often lament that, despite extensive networking, they still haven't gotten a job. What's going on?
  • Connecting with Your Network
    "I don't know that many people," introverts often say, as we defend our reluctance to incorporate networking into our job search campaign. On closer examination, though, we discover that we know more people than we originally realized.
  • 5 Tips for Introverts to Keep Your Network Alive
    You've made the initial effort - attended a networking event, made a phone call, scheduled an informational interview - but now what?
  • Introverts' Guide to Large Networking Events
    If you're an introvert, chances are you think about large networking events with some degree of dread. Here are some pointers to help you successfully navigate large networking events.
  • Face Your Fears
    As a job seeker, you are called upon to engage in many activities that are outside your comfort zone (such as networking), and the natural tendency is to pull back from things that make us uncomfortable. Here are five low-effort, low-energy networking activities to get you started.
  • The Art of Listening
    Much of the time when we think about looking for a job, we think about those situations that require good conversational skills, such as interviews or networking encounters.
  • Pace Yourself
    Highly social activities are typically draining for introverts, and much of the job search process involves social activities. What can an introvert do? Pace yourself!
  • How to Meet New People
    Meeting new people can be a challenge for introverts. Searching for a job involves meeting new people. A few simple strategies can make the process a little easier.
  • Successful Follow-Up
    You've met someone new, perhaps at an event or maybe as part of an informational interview, or possibly even on-line or on the phone, rather than face-to-face. What now? How do you keep the new connection alive?
  • Preparation Paves the Way to Networking Success
    What do introverts do best? We think. A lot. And we can use that strength to help with one of the job search tasks that many introverts dislike the most, networking.
  • Social Networking for Introverts
    It's a basic truth that people do business - and hire - people they know and trust. Now that social networking sites have firmly planted themselves in the job search landscape, you can use these tools to become known and trusted by significantly more people
  • Holiday Networking for Introverts
    When the holiday season approaches, we face gatherings of family, friends, and coworkers in a variety of settings and celebrations. If you're an introvert, there's a good chance you anticipate this time of year with some degree of dread. Here are some fundamentals of networking to help you navigate the process in a way that is less taxing.

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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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