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10 Simple Tips to Help You Understand and Get Along With Introverts in Your Workplace

10 Simple Tips to Help You Understand and Get Along With Introverts in Your Workplace

The introvert label is highly misunderstood. In an article published by Forbes, Author Susan Cain sums up the word perfectly by describing introverts as “men of contemplation” – a distinct difference from the usual assumption that they’re shy, unconfident and quiet. Fundamentally, while the introvert enjoys the company of others, they are equally comfortable alone. By trying to understand the needs of your introvert workforce, you’ll not only feel more comfortable in their presence, but will really help their creativity flourish.

Here are a few tips and facts about introverts to help you understand them better.

1. They think before they talk

Introverts thoroughly process information before they speak their mind. If you’re running a business meeting, it’s always worth circling back after you’ve given them a little time to mull things over.

2. They are good listeners

Introverts are often perceived as ignorant in the workplace as they’re rarely forerunners in the conversation. But, you can be damn sure that they’ll be listening in the background and waiting for the opportune moment to express their thoughts.

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    3. They enjoy their own company

    Of course, as a boss you’ll no doubt favor employees who work well in a team. According to Peter Vogt of Career Advice Monster – a self-confessed introvert – isolation is when an introvert thrives, so consider taking a step back and leaving them to their own devices when possible.

    4. They are often methodological

    Most introverts are highly methodological people who have excellent analytical skills. When you need someone patient and focused to undertake mundane tasks that extroverts despise, they’ll not only enjoy the process more, but will do a better job.

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      5. They work better when it’s quiet

      Introverts perform better in quiet spaces, which is one of the reasons why they often choose solitary professions such as writing, accounting and programming. If you have a predominantly introvert workforce, try making your office a calmer environment.

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        6. They usually make better salespeople

        While extroverts often lead a business due to their dominant demeanor, introverts make better salespeople as they’re more inclined to listen to a client or a lead’s expectations and opinions.

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          7. They work well with extroverts

          Researcher Brian Little states that “when an introvert and extrovert engage in conversation, the introvert will take on the role of the interviewer.” This can actually be a more effective way of communication among employees with regards to team-related activities.

          8. They are better at job interviews

          Extroverts often go into interviews and meetings full of adrenaline and pumped to make a good impression; however, this often causes them to lose focus. Introverts on the other hand will listen, absorb, and then speak, giving them more time to consider their answers.

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            9. They are more engaged with their work

            Trying to get employees motivated about working is not an easy task. Employee engagement agency Berghind Joseph states that commitment will only come when an employee feels respected and that their work has purpose. Introverts are already naturally more engaged with their work. So take some time each day to say some good things to your introvert workers and they’ll no doubt feel an even deeper sense of pride.

            10. They can become an extrovert

            Contrary to popular belief, introverts can actually be very engaging in a public speaking situation. Although it won’t come as naturally to them and they will often “burn out” quicker, using an introvert to deliver a short keynote speech can be highly effective. Just remember to cut them some slack afterwards, as they’ll almost certainly need a little time to regenerate.

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              As the old saying goes, “Never judge a book by its cover.” An introvert workforce can be a blessing in disguise; you just need to learn how to engage with them.

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              Last Updated on April 25, 2019

              How to Write a Career Change Resume (With Examples)

              How to Write a Career Change Resume (With Examples)

              Shifting careers, tiny or big, can be paralyzing. Whether your desire for a career change is self-driven or involuntary, you can manage the panic and fear by understanding ‘why’ you are making the change.

              Your ability to clearly and confidently articulate your transferable skills makes it easier for employers to understand how you are best suited for the job or industry.

              A well written career change resume that shows you have read the job description and markets your transferable skills can increase your success for a career change.

              3 Steps to Prepare Your Mind Before Working on the Resume

              Step 1: Know Your ‘Why’

              Career changes can be an unnerving experience. However, you can lessen the stress by making informed decisions through research.

              One of the best ways to do this is by conducting informational interviews.[1] Invest time to gather information from diverse sources. Speaking to people in the career or industry that you’re pursuing will help you get clarity and check your assumptions.

              Here are some questions to help you get clear on your career change:

              • What’s your ideal work environment?
              • What’s most important to you right now?
              • What type of people do you like to work with?
              • What are the work skills that you enjoy doing the most?
              • What do you like to do so much that you lose track of time?
              • Whose career inspires you? What is it about his/her career that you admire?
              • What do you dislike about your current role and work environment?

              Step 2: Get Clear on What Your Transferable Skills Are[2]

              The data gathered from your research and informational interviews will give you a clear picture of the career change that you want. There will likely be a gap between your current experience and the experience required for your desired job. This is your chance to tell your personal story and make it easy for recruiters to understand the logic behind your career change.

              Make a list and describe your existing skills and experience. Ask yourself:

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              What experience do you have that is relevant to the new job or industry?

              Include any experience e.g., work, community, volunteer, or helping a neighbour. The key here is ANY relevant experience. Don’t be afraid to list any tasks that may seem minor to you right now. Remember this is about showcasing the fact that you have experience in the new area of work.

              What will the hiring manager care about and how can you demonstrate this?

              Based on your research you’ll have an idea of what you’ll be doing in the new job or industry. Be specific and show how your existing experience and skills make you the best candidate for the job. Hiring managers will likely scan your resume in less than 7 seconds. Make it easy for them to see the connection between your skills and the skills that are needed.

              Clearly identifying your transferable skills and explaining the rationale for your career change shows the employer that you are making a serious and informed decision about your transition.

              Step 3: Read the Job Posting

              Each job application will be different even if they are for similar roles. Companies use different language to describe how they conduct business. For example, some companies use words like ‘systems’ while other companies use ‘processes’.

              When you review the job description, pay attention to the sections that describe WHAT you’ll be doing and the qualifications/skills. Take note of the type of language and words that the employer uses. You’ll want to use similar language in your resume to show that your experience meets their needs.

              5 Key Sections on Your Career Change Resume (Example)

              The content of the examples presented below are tailored for a high school educator who wants to change careers to become a client engagement manager, however, you can easily use the same structure for your career change resume.

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              Don’t forget to write a well crafted cover letter for your career change to match your updated resume. Your career change cover letter will provide the context and personal story that you’re not able to show in a resume.

              1. Contact Information and Header

              Create your own letterhead that includes your contact information. Remember to hyperlink your email and LinkedIn profile. Again, make it easy for the recruiter to contact you and learn more about you.

              Example:

              Jill Young

              Toronto, ON | [email protected] | 416.222.2222 | LinkedIn Profile

              2. Qualification Highlights or Summary

              This is the first section that recruiters will see to determine if you meet the qualifications for the job. Use the language from the job posting combined with your transferable skills to show that you are qualified for the role.

              Keep this section concise and use 3 to 4 bullets. Be specific and focus on the qualifications needed for the specific job that you’re applying to. This section should be tailored for each job application. What makes you qualified for the role?

              Example:

              Qualifications Summary

              • Experienced managing multiple stakeholder interests by building a strong network of relationships to support a variety of programs
              • Experienced at resolving problems in a timely and diplomatic manner
              • Ability to work with diverse groups and ensure collaboration while meeting tight timelines

              3. Work Experience

              Only present experiences that are relevant to the job posting. Focus on your specific transferable skills and how they apply to the new role.

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              How this section is structured will depend on your experience and the type of career change you are making.

              For example, if you are changing industries you may want to list your roles before the company name. However, if you want to highlight some of the big companies you’ve worked with then you may want to list the company name first. Just make sure that you are consistent throughout your resume.

              Be clear and concise. Use 1 to 4 bullets to highlight your relevant work experiences for each job you list on your resume. Ensure that the information demonstrates your qualifications for the new job. Remember to align all the dates on your resume to the right margin.

              Example:

              Work Experience

              Theater Production Manager 2018 – present

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              • Collaborated with diverse groups of people to ensure a successful production while meeting tight timelines

              4. Education

              List your formal education in this section. For example, the name of the degrees you received and the school who issued it. To eliminate biases, I would recommend removing the year you graduated.

              Example:

              Education

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              • Bachelor of Education, University of Western Ontario
              • Bachelor of Theater Studies with Honors, University of British Columbia

              5. Other Activities or Interests

              When you took an inventory of your transferable skills, what experiences were relevant to your new career path (that may not fit in the other resume sections?).

              Example:

              Other Activities

              • Mentor, Pathways to Education
              • Volunteer lead for coordinating all community festival vendors

              Bonus Tips

              Remember these core resume tips to help you effectively showcase your transferable skills:

              • CAR (Context Action Result) method. Remember that each bullet on your resume needs to state the situation, the action you took and the result of your experience.
              • Font. Use modern Sans Serif fonts like Tahoma, Verdana, or Arial.
              • White space. Ensure that there is enough white space on your resume by adjusting your margins to a minimum of 1.5 cm. Your resume should be no more than two pages long.
              • Tailor your resume for each job posting. Pay attention to the language and key words used on the job posting and adjust your resume accordingly. Make the application process easy on yourself by creating your own resume template. Highlight sections that you need to tailor for each job application.
              • Get someone else to review your resume. Ideally you’d want to have someone with industry or hiring experience to provide you with insights to hone your resume. However, you also want to have someone proofread your resume for grammar and spelling errors.

              The Bottom Line

              It’s essential that you know why you want to change careers. Setting this foundation not only helps you with your resume, but can also help you to change your cover letter, adjust your LinkedIn profile, network during your job search, and during interviews.

              Ensure that all the content on your resume is relevant for the specific job you’re applying to.

              Remember to focus on the job posting and your transferable skills. You have a wealth of experience to draw from – don’t discount any of it! It’s time to showcase and brand yourself in the direction you’re moving towards!

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