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The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career Paperback – September 30, 2008
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many formatting errors it's impossible to read this. The foot notes appear at random and break up pages. There are also a lot of symbols appearing in place of letters on words.Published 1 month ago by MS
Anyone looking for a job will have butterflies in their tummy. For introverts, it is even more difficult. I have attributes of both extrovert and introvert. Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by Debra Gaynor