If you're thinking about changing jobs in the coming months, you're probably anxiously scanning headlines for any news story having to do with the job market. Will it be harder to find a job this year than it was last? Many job seekers seem to think so. Although perception isn't everything, it's always interesting to know what other job seekers think of the market. This week's roundup looks at that, plus why you really and truly need to be on LinkedIn, and how to interview when you're an introvert.
As an introvert in the office, I constantly feel the need to say "sorry" every time someone has to go out of their way for me. This is not only a problem in the workplace, but a problem outside the workplace, too. Think about it, fellow introverts: do you remember the last time you were at a restaurant and you had to ask the waiter to fix your order because they gave you chicken pot pie instead of turkey pot pie? Let's be real – you probably felt bad about asking them to fix it, and you probably apologized to your waiter. The next time you're in a situation like this, especially at work, follow these tips to help yourself speak more articulately and positively.
"Networking" is a word that can instantly conjure feelings of dread, particularly for introverted or shy individuals. It doesn't have to be painful, but talking to a bunch of strangers may be nerve-wracking if you feel out of practice or intimidated. Here are four ways to build and enjoy a network that will benefit your career for years to come, even if you aren't the most outgoing of people.
Big, open spaces crammed full of bodies with nothing to break up the sound of a workday frenzy: sounds great, right? While open offices seemed like a way to promote collaboration (and save money by putting more employees per square foot), the trend does have its drawbacks, especially if you're a bit more turtle than tiger at work. Here's how to cope when your privacy at work goes bye-bye.
Even if you're the shyest or most introverted person in the world, you're probably already networking, without even knowing it. That's because "networking" is a terrible word for a thing most of us do anyway: build relationships. The goal is to maximize what you're already doing, plus look for additional opportunities that fit with your personality and lifestyle – in other words, to network painlessly, in a way that will build your career and not drive you crazy.
The modern workplace can be a nightmare for introverts, with its focus on collaboration and open-plan offices. If you're a person who dreads team projects and public speaking and gets more of a thrill out of canceling plans to attend a networking function than penciling it into the calendar, one of these jobs from PayScale's Best Jobs for You data package might be perfect for you.
One of the toughest things about life, both personally and professionally, is that there's only so much you can control. You can't change your nature, for example, and become wildly extroverted if you're someone who draws her energy from within, and you can't necessarily make a bad job into a good one. You can, however, learn to make things better by cultivating certain skills and improving your attitude. And sometimes, you can quit your job and go on to another one -- if you go about things the right way.
Introversion is all too often treated as if it is a curse that afflicts only the most unfortunate members of society. However, while introversion can be the brick wall standing between an individual and his or her dream job, being introverted isn't an employment death sentence.
Introverts sometimes get a bad rap in today's business world, portrayed alternately as antisocial types who can't work on teams or reclusive geniuses that are best used in moderation. In fact, successful teams are often a mixture of extroverts and introverts. The key to supporting your more inner-directed reports is understanding what makes them tick and how to give them the best shot at success, both for their own sake and that of the company.