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Job Searching for Introverts

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When it comes to choosing a career, certain criteria may help narrow down a person’s decision. Some considerations include: salary, education, availability, interest, or even talent. But what about basing it off of whether or not you like other people?

According to an article on Yahoo Education, if you are introverted there are seven careers that will help keep personal interaction to a minimum. They are listed below:

  • Accountant
  • Computer Programmer
  • Writer
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Graphic Designer
  • Medical Records Technition
  • Paralegal

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Each occupation above was revealed as a great option for those who, according to the source, “hate to socialize”. And though certain individuals may believe it’s logical enough to follow such advice, it’s hard to dismiss one thing. Regardless of job or environment, communication is difficult to avoid. After all, we use it to assist in remedying roadblocks, satisfying changes, developing new avenues of innovation, creating process improvements, and establishing clarification. Needless to say, without communication, achieving goals and reaching success would indeed be difficult.

This is not to say that perfect communication exists in every work environment. In fact, chances are most of us have been victim at one point or another to chaotic offices where interruptions and distractions undeniably comprise our daily routine and productivity. Yet, as our business improvement solutions consultants have covered before, one remedy to this problem is to take initiative and lead by example. In Spectator on Biz Etiquette, AccelaWork suggests the following:

There’s a key connection between good behavior and productive behavior. Etiquette is based on mutual respect. If we take time to be conscientious of others at work, we make it easier for them to be more efficient and more effective at their jobs. Likewise, that effort will reflect well on us. Colleagues will go out of their way to ensure that we can concentrate on our own tasks.

The Yahoo! article goes on to talk about finding your strengths.

While many people think that being a wallflower is a career hindrance, some of the best jobs in the country are well-suited for introverted personalities.

And we’re not talking about working with cadavers in a morgue or translating ancient documents in a cobweb-infested basement either…

“Introverts excel at building individual relationships, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and working independently.” Howard also notes that they have a natural eye for details and often enjoy working behind the scenes.

It’s important to remember that the strengths some people you’ll deal with in the business world may be vastly different from your own. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re less valuable, just that your interaction may have to be adjusted based on finding a way to get the best out of all parties. Maybe you aren’t great at giving presentations in front of a crowd, but you’d be excellent at doing the extra research needed for that presentation. Pair that skill with an outgoing coworker who sometimes fails to focus on the details and you have a super team that can knock out that task. And the ways which different skills can be beneficial go far beyond just introverts and extroverts. But communicating with others is key to finding your way regardless.

The existence of communication may be out of our control, but the way in which we utilize it at work can be. So rather than entering a job based on speculation, choose one that satisfies your interests and talents. Respect your co-workers with efficient interaction and you’ll set the tone for reciprocation. Reach out to our business improvement consulting team today to learn more about how we can help.

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