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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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12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

The way you feel about yourself greatly influences how you live and interact with others. If you are confident about yourself, you tend to see yourself positively and actually enjoy spending time with and around people. You don’t feel self-conscious or awkward around others, and that allows you to live your fullest and happiest life.

However, if you’re drowning in a sea of self-doubt, hesitancy and shyness, you often withdraw and isolate yourself from others and avoid interacting and connecting with people. That anxiety you feel in the pit of your stomach when you are around people is holding you back greatly and it is not good for your emotional health and overall well-being. You need to do something about it if you are low in self-confidence or have friends or family members who are not confident.

“Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone” – Anonymous

Here are simple, practical tips to boost your confidence right now and make you feel and act your best.

1. Stop labeling yourself as awkward, timid or shy.

When you label yourself as awkward, timid or shy, you sub-consciously tell your mind to act accordingly and psychologically feel inclined to live up to those expectations. Instead of labeling and entertaining negative self-talk, visualize and affirm yourself as confident and strong. Close your eyes for a minute and visualize yourself in different situation as you would like to be.

Be your own cheerleader. Experts believe that positive affirmation and good mental practices like picturing yourself winning or achieving a goal can lead to greater feelings of self-assurance and prepare your brain for success.[1] As the saying goes, “seeing is believing.” Picture yourself as confident and soon enough you will begin to manifest behavior that gives evidence to this new ‘fact.’

2. Recognize that the world is not focused on you (unless, of course, you are Kanye West).

That means you don’t have to be excessively sensitive about who you are or what you are doing (or not doing). You are not on the center stage; there is no need for preoccupation with self and perfectionism. As rap music star Rocko sings, “You just do you and I will do me, aight?”

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Forget about trying to please everyone or being perfect. Trying to be perfect and being a people-pleaser puts too much pressure on you and creates unnecessary anxiety. Besides, people are too preoccupied with their own issues to pay much attention to your every move unless, of course, you are a mega famous, super celebrity like Beyonce or Kanye West.

3. Focus on other people as opposed to yourself.

If you are low on confidence, self-conscious, nervous and shy in social situations, focus your attention on other people and what they are saying or doing instead of focusing on your own awkwardness.

For example, think about what it is that is interesting about the person who’s the centre of the party or the guy or girl you are talking with. Prompt them to talk more about themselves and be genuinely curious and interested in what they say. You will instantly come across as confident and warmhearted.

People generally want to talk about themselves, be heard and understood. They will love it when you’re eager and willing to listen to them and really hear what they have to say.

This habit of focusing more on what you love in others as opposed to what you dislike in yourself will not only help you become more assertive and comfortable in virtually all social situations, but also instantly make you feel great about yourself.

4. Know (and accept) yourself for who you are.

Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, author of the internationally acclaimed book The Art of War, said, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” Even in the battle with lack of confidence, you will need to know yourself to win.

Knowing yourself starts with understanding that people are not all the same, neither are all social situation suitable for everyone. You might not be confident in large gatherings, but you could be bold and confident in one-on-one and small group interactions. We all have our own unique gifts and unique ways of expressing ourselves. Embrace yours!

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Introverts, for example, have a quiet confidence that is, unfortunately, often confused for shyness. They are naturally low key and prefer to spend time alone. However, this natural disposition affords them certain unique gifts, such as an ability to listen better than most people and notice things that others don’t.

Your uniqueness is where your strength and advantage lies. You won’t be comfortable and confident in all situations all the time. Albert Einstein said,

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

5. Crack a smile.

If there is one sure way to instantly boost your confidence, it’s cracking a smile. Christine Clapp, a public speaking expert at The George Washington University, says that flashing those pretty, pearly white teeth will immediately make you appear both confident and composed. But, the effect of smiling is not just external. Studies show that smiling can also help nix feelings of stress and pave the way for a happier and more relaxed you.[2]

Not a bad return for something seemingly so trite, wouldn’t you agree?

6. Break a sweat—with exercise.

Working out is another great way to make yourself feel amazing and confident. Science has shown that exercising increases your endorphins, helps reduce stress, tones your muscles and makes you feel happy and confident.[3]

And hey, all you have to do is take a walk a few times a week and you’ll see the benefits. What seems to matter—as far as your confidence goes—is whether you break a sweat, not how strenuous your session is, which is pretty cool. Start working out now.

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7. Groom yourself.

This might seem mundane, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and shave can have on your confidence and self-image. And when you spritz on a scent, the boost on confidence and self-esteem is incredible. As it turns out, your favorite fragrance does more than make you smell oh-so-nice.

A study found that a fragrance can inspire confidence in men. Interestingly, the study also found that the more a man likes the fragrance, the more confident he might feel. Another study found that 90% of women feel more confident while wearing a scent than those who go fragrance-free.

8. Dress nicely.

Another one that might seem trite, but it works. If you dress nicely, you’ll instantly feel good about yourself and give your confidence a real boost. That is largely because you’ll feel attractive, presentable and sometimes even successful in nice clothes.

While dressing nicely means something different for everyone, it does not necessarily mean wearing $500 designer outfits. It means wearing clothes that are clean, that you are comfortable in and that are nice-looking and presentable, including casual clothes.

9. Do activities you enjoy.

Whether it is reading a book, playing a musical instrument, riding your bicycle or going fishing, do what you really enjoy and what makes you truly happy often. It will boost your self-esteem, soothe your ego and allow you to identify with your gifts and talents. That will in turn bolster your self-belief and grow your confidence exponentially.

You might not become popular for doing what you love, but you might not even want to be popular at all. Being popular doesn’t make you happy; doing what you love does.

10. Prepare for the possibility of rejection / setback.

Late World No. 1 professional tennis player Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.” You need to prepare for the possibility of rejection and setback.

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Why?

Everybody suffers rejection and setback at one point or another. You are not exempted. The question on your mind, therefore, should not be if you will be rejected, but how you will handle rejection when it comes.

Prepare yourself adequately in every situation to minimize the risk and effect of rejection and so that your confidence is not broken. For example, learn public speaking and rehearse what you are going to say beforehand if you have landed a public speaking engagement. That way, you are sure of yourself and confident you have what it takes to hack it. If you are rejected, don’t take it personally.

Rejection and setbacks happen to the best of us. Take it as a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

11. Face uncomfortable situations square in the face.

Don’t run away from uncomfortable situations. Running away from people or situations because you feel scared, shy or timid only confirms and reinforces your shyness. Instead, face the situation that makes you uneasy square in the face. For example, go ahead and talk to that person you are afraid to approach, or go straight to the front of your yoga class! What’s the worst that can happen?

Prepare and be ready for any eventuality. The more you face your fears, the more you realize you are stronger than you thought and the more confident you get. This simple, yet admittedly courageous, act makes you unstoppable. You get comfortable being uncomfortable and begin to feel like you can take on the world. And that is the hallmark of someone destined for great things.

12. Sit up straight and walk tall—you are awesome!

Yes, sit up straight and believe you are awesome. Don’t slump in your chair or slouch your shoulders. Experts say the right stance can not only keep your self-esteem and mood lifted, but also lead to more confidence in your own thoughts.[4]

The way to sit is to open up your chest and keep your head level so that you look and feel poised and assured. And when you get up, stand tall and walk like you’re on a mission. People who sit up straight and walk tall are more attractive and instantly feel more confident. Try it now: you’ll feel fierce and confident just by sitting up straight and walking tall.

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