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The Best Jobs To Excel The Ability and Talent of introverts!

The Best Jobs To Excel The Ability and Talent of introverts!

We are not all meant to be social butterflies. For many of us the opposite holds true. The very thought of socializing can give some a serious case of clammy hands and butterflies in the stomach. However, that doesn’t mean that introverts are not good at what they do or that they don’t excel in their careers!

The fact is that introverts, if left to their own devices in their peaceful, solitary work room with limited interaction, can produce exemplary work simply because they have the ability to intensely focus on the job at hand and produce quality. Many writers, designers, and programmers are introverts who cannot thrive in socially busy environments for long.

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This difference lies in the way the brains of extroverts and introverts react to stimuli. While extroverts love “buzz” and feel energized by it, introverts start to feel overstimulated very soon. [1] The key for them is to find the best jobs that suit their core skills and personalities.

How to Land the Best Jobs for Introverts

As an introvert who prefers limited interaction with people, jobs that involve socializing are off the menu. Besides, they are unlikely to require your core strengths. The first thing you need to do before starting to send applications is to figure out what job you would truly like to do.

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Begin by writing down your qualifications and core strengths.

Match your skill set with what you most like to do. For example, you may be a writer, but reporting and talking to people to collect information may not be your cup of tea, so think about becoming a work-at-home blogger instead. This will let your work in an environment you love, and help you produce the best quality work. [2]

  • Write detailed resumes that have all the information a recruiter needs, and feel free to put down your personality type as well. We live in the day and age where aggressiveness is valued, but not by everyone. Hand out detailed resumes to recruiters that don’t leave much to be asked at the interview, and honestly tell the people who are hiring about the environment in which you work best. [3]
    If they are hiring you for highly focused work, chances are they won’t care that you are not a social butterfly.
  • Ask yourself straight up questions before accepting a job offer. You applied to the right job in the right way and are now being offered a position. Before accepting, make sure that the company you are going to be joining understands your personality and will not force you to do things that are not up your alley.
    If they have no cabins, ask yourself if you will be okay working in an open environment surrounded by people. Do they want weekly presentations that you are uncomfortable giving? Do they insist on employee social interactions, and if so, are you okay with it? Don’t accept a job thinking you will be able to adapt. Introverts find it hard to work in an environment with distractions and stimulations.
    Find a job that values you for what you are, and does not try to change you. [4]

The 6 Best Jobs Introverts May Give A Try

Usually the best jobs for introverts are the ones that provide an environment that’s relaxing which allows for the most productivity in order to maximize their skill set. [5]

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  1. Animal Care:
    Introverts frequently find that working with animals is far more relaxing than working with most humans, so this is one area in which introverts with a love for animals and nature can excel. You could be something as highly qualified as a marine biologist, an animal explorer, or a veterinarian, or something as simple as a bee keeper or a pet care giver at a pet salon or animal hospital. Think “animals” and there’s so much an introvert can do with the right qualifications, or sometimes just a general interest. [6]
  2. Field Researcher:
    Introverts thrive in environments that are undisturbed by too many nosey faces or questions. If you are introverted with a love for science, the world is your oyster. You could study to be a geologist, an astronomer, an archeologist, a lab worker, or a medical researcher. If you are science-inclined, there’s no dearth of jobs for introverts. [7]
  3. Creative Corner:
    Love art, words, or music? Then being an introvert would be a boon for you because the ability to concentrate on the job at hand can make you an excellent artist, writer, or musician. You may be great at any other such creative pursuit. [8] A creative job gives you the license to be very introverted, for it is accepted for great writers and artists to not follow the norm and be lone wolves. They are all the more respected for it. [9]
  4. Tech Junkie:
    Programming, software development, app making, game designing – the world of IT is a wonderful one for introverts because it allows their high levels of concentration and single-mindedness to produce positive and useful results. It provides them an environment free of distraction in which they can truly thrive. [10]
  5. Data Cruncher:
    There are jobs at which no one dare disturb you while you are working. Think accounting, database management, librarian, auditing, archiving, etc. [11]
  6. Some Off-road Options:
    In case you are not concerned with earning much money, are okay with just about any kind of job, and totally abhor being around people, you can also choose jobs such as long-distance heavy machine driver (think trucks, trains and trailers), embalmer or mortician (the dead don’t interact much), junkyard owner (you can make money out of trash), or court reporter (seriously, all you have to do is listen and type.)

So introverts, while the world may not be verbally appreciative of you, we hope you know that you make the world go ’round and keep its cogs well-oiled in your unobtrusive and hard-working way. [12] Keep calm, and keep working!

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Last Updated on January 15, 2021

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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