People Shy?

by Anne Middleton, on July 8th, 2015
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Graduation day has come and gone.  The necessity of securing long-term employment looms over you like a dark cloud ready to burst with drenching rain.

You see, the problem is you don’t like people.  It’s not that you hate them, it’s just that you work better on your own. It is a daily challenge for some.

Yes, it is true.  Shocking as it may seem, there are a myriad of intelligent individuals who prefer solitude in their work and cringe when confronted by the social interaction of an office. 

In fact, these folks that may appear to be withdrawn in the workplace actually thrive in their fields of interest.

The irony is that in order to prove you are worthy of a job, you have to endure the excruciating pain of interacting with others through the interview process.  

For numerous job seekers, the sheer thought of expressing their qualifications to others that hold the control to their future career can bring anxiety and drain their energy like the melting of the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz.

Fear not.  Monster.com can provide brilliant suggestions.  For example:

• If you consider yourself to be an introvert, your initial impression to others may actually be perceived that you are an awesome listener.  Too many times candidates speak excessively, talk rapidly and respond to questions in a lightning-fast fashion without any thought to what is actually coming out of their mouths

• If you prefer solitude, you may be the ideal individual for performing research necessary to a corporation’s success

• Being reserved in the workplace is recognized by fellow employees as being lazar-focused on your projects…as long as you don’t stare at your shoes for hours on end or appear standoffish when you pass others in the hallway. Yes, you still have to be cordial

• As someone who is reserved and reclusive, others may remark that you have an uncanny ability to be patient.  And we all can testify that patience is a very rare quality in any work environment!

So stand proud, and understand, appreciate and even celebrate your unique strengths that accompany your introvert personality.

And be sure to visit Monster.com for more tips on how to network, interview and secure an awesome job that fits your disposition and individuality.