6 Things Millennial Introverts Should Know About Job Hunting

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6 Things Millennial Introverts Should Know About Job Hunting - Introvert Whisperer

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Job hunting can be a journey, especially when you’re the introverted type. However, it doesn’t have to be a struggle — all it takes some extra accommodation. Maintain your confidence by preparing before you socialize and taking breaks whenever your energy declines. A good pep-talk doesn’t hurt, either. Your wellbeing doesn’t need to take the back burner for you to succeed as an introvert in the workplace.

For more in-depth advice on acing the job-hunting process, look below for six helpful tips.

1. Study for Your Interview

Show your interviewer you’re fully engaged by asking them questions. An interview should ideally feel more like a conversation than an interrogation — avoid letting it be one-sided. Prepare a list of questions about company culture, salary, benefits and other relevant factors.

Interviewers look for a strong work ethic, which can disadvantage millennials who are often deemed entitled. If your interviewer senses you only want the job to pay bills, they may hesitate with hiring. Display your passion for the position by giving examples of what you can bring to the company.

Research the company ahead of time. Get to know their specializations and their mission. How will your presence enhance their mission and help them achieve their goals?

2. Build Adequate Skills

College, trade school and other avenues give you valuable hard skills, but soft skills are equally important. Communicating with others, listening, learning and maintaining an organized workflow are critical components to any job. Emphasize these attributes in your cover letters and interviews, but don’t embellish. Give specific examples of how you embody these traits.

Once you’re on the job, continually improve your skills. Find practical solutions when problems arise, or seek out the authority of others. Demonstrate your knack for leadership by making wise decisions and handling challenging tasks. Contribute creative ideas and listen to suggestions from others.

3. Consider the Benefits

Consider the benefits package before you choose any job. Some companies offer dental insurance, paid medical leave and tuition assistance, while others skimp on the luxuries. What you require to thrive in your career — and your personal life — is up to you, so don’t be afraid to turn down an offer if it isn’t the right choice.

Many businesses offer life insurance within their benefits package, but this doesn’t carry over to subsequent jobs. Millennials tend to switch occupations four times on average in the 10 years after college, which means a new policy for every position. It’s much easier to have a steadfast plan than hop on a new one with every move.

4. Network Frequently

As an introvert, networking may be a scary word to you — but it’s necessary to secure top-notch positions. Knowing people in high places is often the best way to obtain a high-quality job. Reach out to family and friends who have valuable connects. If you’re still in college, now is the best time to network. You’ll feel more comfortable linking up with people you already know, such as professors and classmates. Plus, you’ll have more opportunities for job-seeking through your student resource office.

Visit on-campus career fairs. Many companies send representatives to these events with the intentions of hiring on the spot. Join a local networking group if you’re not a student. These groups consist of community service clubs to professional organizations, but they all aid in fostering connections.

5. Keep Expectations Realistic

It’s essential to have goals, as these encourage motivation, but make sure you’re keeping things realistic. Most people won’t find their dream job on their first round of job hunting. Even if you find a job you like, the work environment won’t be perfect — perfection is an impossibility we all must come to terms with. Socializing may become a big part of your duties, so prepare yourself accordingly. Practice holding conversations with yourself in the mirror or role-playing with friends.

As long as your company isn’t mistreating you or damaging your health, you may have to compromise on aspects you don’t like. Avoid letting these things discourage you, however. Keep building and learning so you can move on to better things.

6. Present Yourself Appropriately

Presentation matters when it comes to job hunting. People receive their first impression of you from your appearance. Although this isn’t an accurate way to judge someone, it’s the first — and sometimes only — thing people notice. This reason is why you should always strive for professionalism in your on-the-job style. Dress up for interviews whether they’re face-to-face or over Skype. If the company has a particular dress code, look the part.

Your presentation also includes your social media presence. Sixty percent of recruiters search their applicants’ profiles during the hiring process. Scrub your profiles for questionable content or set them to private. Be conscious of what you post and who’s looking at it. Don’t say anything on social media that you wouldn’t say out loud to people you know.

Job-Seek With Confidence

The key to any professional interaction is confidence. When people notice your abilities and self-assuredness, they’ll trust you to deliver. Hone your talents and practice your communication skills, and the offers will come.

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About Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is a self-improvement writer contributing to publications like The Daily Muse, MakeUseOf, Lifehack and The Huffington Post. To read more professional development posts from Kayla, check out her blog, Productivity Theory.