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Job Search for Introverts

Many introverts struggle in their career due to current job search advice that is aimed at extroverts. If you are on the introverted side of the scale, you can perform a job search, professionally brand, and network based around your strengths. You don’t have to be pushy, salesy or act like an extrovert to be successful in your career.

Why most job search advice sucks for introverts

“Just get out there and network.”

Vague advice around networking and attending events caused a lot of confusion and wasted time in my career. You don’t need to have a network of thousands or be out attending events non-stop. A concentrated network of hiring managers, recruiters and industry peers will have the most impact on your career.

“You have to sell yourself.”

Do you know one of those annoying “naturals” who always seems to know the right people and get opportunities? They aren’t out selling themselves or bragging about how great they are to anyone who will listen. Real networkers look to provide value to others, they show potential employers why they are great at what they do through their actions and professional branding.

“Optimize your resume for keywords and win the online application game.”

Playing the online application lottery is a losing bet – it rewards people who can game the system, not those who are the best candidates. Employers are realizing the technology does not produce better employees and there is a growing trend for hiring managers to go old school in sourcing candidates through their network.

The reality of how employers want to hire

  • 1. Internal Hires

    Trust is high. Costs are low.
    Effort is low.

  • 2. Networking

    Trust is high. Costs are low.
    Effort is low.

  • 3. Headhunters

    Trust is moderate. Cost is high.
    Effort is moderate.

  • 4. Job Postings

    Trust is low. Cost is high.
    Effort is high.

How job seekers have been taught to look for jobs

  • 1. Job Posts

    Competition is high. Feedback is low.

  • 2. Recruiters

    Competition is high. Feedback is moderate.

  • 3. Internal Hires

    Competition is low. Feedback is high.

  • 4. Networking

    Competition is low. Feedback is high.

  • The bad news: If you want to find a job you are going to need to make networking part of your job search.
  • The good news: Your strengths and qualities as an introvert can give you an advantage (instead of being a disadvantage) in strategically networking for your career.

How to use LinkedIn to find a job

Let’s be honest, as an introvert you aren’t about to start kicking in doors around town and convincing the top brass to hire you on the spot. Why would you? LinkedIn has half a billion users you can connect with and the hiring managers you want to reach are there.

Here’s the simple blueprint I built around using LinkedIn and networking to get a job and build a better career:

  • Strategically find and build a network of hiring managers, recruiters and industry peers who have the ability to impact your job search
  • Professionally brand yourself as a valuable resource they want to acquire (not a supplicant begging for a job)
  • Provide value to your network, establishing your credibility and worth, and activating your network to think of you when opportunities come up

How do you want to build your LinkedIn job search?

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