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"When I first got into sales and marketing, [introversion] brought forth my technical knowledge and my ability to talk to people and be credible.' Being a good listener made me a good sales person. I'm viewed as a thoughtful, intelligent person, someone who's fair-minded."
Paul Viau, Business Development Manager for technology company

"[Introversion] helps me to create the models, ideas, acronyms, insights that I'm known for. It also helps my relationships and ability to connect with others--when I'm talking to someone, I can concentrate on the person fully and not get distracted by other people or activity in the room."
Susan Whitcomb, Author and Career Coach

"I think that as an introvert I know to take time for myself, to be thoughtful and direct. I think before I speak or do (at least I try to!)."
Meghan Wier, Business Writer and Author of Confessions of an Introvert, The Shy Girl's Guide to Career, Networking and Getting the Most Out of Life

"I seem to have the gift for listening to complex and winding conversations and reducing them down to their essence. I am also very good at listening to staff and honing in on what their issue or problem is."
Ann Lawthers, Senior Director, Evaluation and Measurement

"`Silent waters run deep.' `The strong, silent type.' These can be advantageous and project an image of seriousness, diligence, and competence. Also, even though it may seem obvious, if you're not out socializing the whole time you're at work, you can get a lot more done!"
"Douglas," formerly Mechanical Engineer, now MBA Student/Management Consultant

"The analytical, deep thinking part is very helpful. Attention to detail, problem solving, brainstorming."
Barbie Dallman, Certified Professional Life Coach

"I'm so comfortable being this way. I think it's kept me out of office politics to a great extent. A lot of people would consider me a go-to person because they knew I wasn't going to be talking freely. I think typically being an introvert in the office, I think I'm a lot more observant, a little keener observer of people's personalities."
Dianne, Dental Assistant, Medical Researcher

"People experience me as straightforward and not exaggerated...People can appreciate that you're not hogging all the air time. Generally what you say is because it's been thought through a little more; there's a higher ratio of signal to noise. It's more likely to be worth listening to."
Jay, College Professor

"Over time I developed a reputation for careful thinking and planning and fairness and trustworthiness."
Sandy, Corporate Writing Trainer

"I think I have an ability to focus more intently on things, to see deeper. You get to see sides of people, take the time and have the desire to see sides of people that for other people might slide by."
Deb Dib, CEO Career Strategist

"I think my introversion allows me to stay focused to do the research and the writing of the work and then to start talking about it."
Murray A. Mann, CCM, CPBS, Principal, Global Diversity Solutions Group, LLC

"My job has a heavy emphasis on analysis and design. I have to spend a lot of time investigating various approaches for solving specific problems...I love this kind of work, and I feel that my introspective nature is a huge advantage. Because of my quiet, introspective nature, I've been perceived as a `deep thinker.' Whether true or not, this perception has often worked in my favor."
Rick Sullivan, Director of Software Engineering, GateRocket, Inc.

"My father always told me that we are born with 2 ears and 1 mouth. It is more important to listen than to talk. We always learn more by listening.
Kathy Scarpone, Administrative Specialist

About the Author

Wendy Gelberg is the owner of Gentle Job Search/Advantage Resumes. She is a certified career coach and resume writer whose expertise is in helping people who are uncomfortable "tooting their own horn." Designated the "Job-Hunt Pro for Introverts" for Job-hunt.org, Wendy coaches individuals, gives workshops 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 owned her business for over 10 years. She has been an introvert her whole life. Contact Wendy at wendy@gentlejobsearch.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Happy About (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600051073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600051074
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. J. Alba on October 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I had a chance to see The Successful Introvert right before it went to press, and I absolutely loved it. I'm not just saying that because I knew more of the back-story, and because Wendy participated in the webinar... I loved this book because it speaks to a special person: me. This might surprise you, as I have a public face, but I consider myself to be an introvert. Networking, the job search, putting myself out there, tooting my own horn, all that stuff is a painful process.

I remember a few months ago I was at a conference where I was a speaker. The opening night of the conference was an open-bar networking thing, and most of the people there were social media people. It was the perfect crowd for me, right? Instead of going down and networking, I went to my hotel room, got into my pajamas, and hunkered down for a peaceful, quiet night.

That's me. Jason the introvert. Guess how all of my other networking efforts go? It is taxing. It's genuine, and once I get my groove I'm cool, but sometimes just getting that groove is hard, and scary, and takes a lot of effort.

As I read this book I learned about myself, as an introvert. And I could see how this would benefit job seekers who are scared to death of the job search. There's an idea that you have to be a loud, Type A personality to get what you want, otherwise the loud ones are going to take what you deserve. Wendy breaks down some myths, and helps me understand how to go about a job search as an introvert.

Here are the chapters:

* Chapter 1: Are You Introverted or Are You Shy?
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Overall this book is okay. It is full of some practical advice to overcome (or shall I say maximize) your tendency to be introverted in career and social situations. I expected much more practical advice, though. The chapters regarding the strategies for networking and approaching social situations were the most helpful. It would have been nice to have had some hypothetical situations described in which some of the advice was or could be used. The small quotations from experts and professionals simply did not capture all of the practical strategies there are to use one's introvert personality to the fullest. Definitely not worth the full price - buy used.
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I really did have high hopes for this book. I had been looking for a book to read on career improvement for introverts, especially since most of the high rating introverted books are more about personal life as an introvert rather than focused on the career aspect, but this one is not it.

First off, the book is much shorter than expected! Shame on me for not seeing it was only about 90 pages and 7 short chapters, but there's really just not a lot of content here. It's a novel sized book as well, with larger font, so you can honestly get through this book in an hour or so if you wanted... Lots of the pages are also just filled with "quotes" that end up just being useless filler. (More on the quotes later...)

The first 30 pages of this book are a lot of very basic introduction. The author talks about herself, how she put the book together, and gives common sense explanations on what it means to be introverted and/or shy. I felt this entire section could have been about 5 pages, not 30... This also includes Chapter 2, "Finding Job Leads", which just lists off very general places to find jobs, none that I think most job searchers wouldn't have thought of on their own already.

Things start to warm up from Chapters 3 through 5, which are essentially chapters on Creating your Resume (Chapter 3), Networking and Making Connections (Chapter 4), and Interviewing (Chapter 5). I felt these chapters had the most useful information, with some great tips on approaching these specific areas that I haven't thought of before. Ultimately though, the tips were very general (even if informed and useful), and I wish the author would have taken the opportunity to dive deeper into the topics.
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As a Career Coach, I often work with clients who cringe at the thought of networking to find job leads or struggle with the idea of "selling themselves" on an interview. So many times I've wished I had a resource I could offer that would help them feel more comfortable with their introversion, as well as provide tools for how to conduct a successful job search. I have finally found such a resource. In the "Successful Introvert," Wendy describes the differences between "introversion" and "shyness" and offers insights into the challenges faced by introverts as they strive to manage their careers in a seemingly "extroverted" world. Being a Career Coach and an introvert herself, she offers empathetic advice, practical strategies, usable tools, and realistic action plans that will help any introverted or shy person feel more confident, empowered, and "OK" with who they are as they conduct their job search and manage their career.

Throughout the book are quotes by professionals in a variety of careers who consider themselves introverted, and who offer insights into how they've managed their introversion and tapped into their strengths to survive - and even thrive - in an extroverted world. I found these insights most valuable and I believe readers of the book will connect with the people she's interviewed and take strength from their comments. I highly recommend this book to anyone who considers themselves introverted and who wants to feel more confident in conducting their job search and in managing their career in general.
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