Top 10 Best Jobs for Introverts

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I heard from a job seeker the other day who was working with a career coach who wanted her to move outside her comfort zone and focus on jobs in a career field where she would need to be a people person. The coach was encouraging her to seek employment in jobs where she could work with people, when she simply didn't want to.

She knew that forcing herself to be outgoing wasn't going to work and made a decision to move on.

She's now working with a different coach who is helping her find a job that's a good fit. She's shy and doesn't want to be center stage - or on stage at all.

Best Jobs for Introverts

For those of us who are shy - and are happy to stay that way - there are some jobs that are a better fit than others. CareerCast has compiled a list of the best jobs for people who are shy. Here are the top 10:

  • Animal Care And Service Workers
  • Archivist
  • Astronomer
  • Court Reporter
  • Film/Video Editor
  • Financial Clerk
  • Geoscientist
  • Industrial Machine Repairer
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Social Media Manager

Job Searching Tips for Introverts

Even if you are not interested in any of these specific jobs, here are some tips for finding a job without having to alter your personality:

Network at your own speed Networking is a key aspect of job searching, but if you are introverted, it can be intimidating. Look for networking opportunities that allow you to meet people in small groups or one-on-one.

Set up one-on-one informational interviews, or attend smaller networking events or seminars.

Use the internet – Luckily, in today’s world, much of the job search process can be done online. Build up your professional network online, using networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Networking sites are a great place for you to connect with people and share your professional knowledge, without the intimidation of a face-to-face group meeting.

Pay attention to company culture – When applying to jobs, be sure to thoroughly research the company culture of each organization. Read the “About” section on each company’s website, and speak with employees or former employees about the company atmosphere. Is there an emphasis on teamwork and team projects? Does the office have an open floor plan? Only apply to jobs that offer the sort of office environment you are comfortable with.

Emphasize the positives – An introverted personality can be an asset in many jobs. In your cover letters and interviews, emphasize the aspects of your personality that make you a strong candidate. For example, many introverts are great listeners and strong critical thinkers. Think about how you can use your personality to your advantage in the job search.

Prepare – If you are particularly anxious about an interview or other in-person meeting, be sure to prepare thoroughly beforehand. Create a list of potential interview questions and practice your answers. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel in the actual interview.

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