It’s an unfortunate situation but it’s a reality of the population. There is a minority group of job seekers who can be characterised as an introvert.
It’s a personality trait that describes someone who is shy, but it’s also a trait that can stretch into those with anxiety disorders and a social phobia.
It can feel like a challenging condition. It will affect your confidence level, but it is not a disability that will stop you from working.
You just have to be selective in the type of work you choose to do, as it will make the difference between job fulfilment, and awaking each morning, dreading your working day. If you feel that your character is one that’s affecting your job hunt, or possibly even making your current job a challenge, then there are certain things you should consider, to determine the type of job you’d be best suited to.
Office workers are the top considerations for those anxious around others. It gives you the privacy to work yourself, with minimal distractions.
There are others types of jobs though, such as night shift security workers, cleaners or the likes, and that’s where most people will focus on, as it’s easier to go to work in a comfortable environment, without the need for communication.
There are professional careers with high paying salaries that offer the same convenience though. Bookkeeping, any type of record keeping, technical writing… or any type of writing for that matter, as well as creative jobs in design.
Wearing headphones is quite a handy way to increase your focus on the tasks you have to work through. Being able to tune out to what’s going on around often helps in that respect. If you feel that you’re more relaxed when you’re listening to music, maybe playing some meditational sounds while you work, then you’ll probably find it easier in a work environment where you can listen through headphones.
Construction for instance, wouldn’t be the first port of call, as you’d be within a team and communication would be a must.
Computer programming on the other hand, would be an area where you’d have minimal contact with others, be working alone, and have the ability to wear headphones, helping you to focus on work.
Your own workspace is a must. That’s not to say that working as a call centre assistant would suit you, as that would still require you to work within a team environment, surrounded by colleagues.
The more appropriate role would be working as an accountant, or even a dental technician. A dental technician will have contact with people, but only on an assistant capacity. It’s not the same level of interaction a dentist would have.
In terms of considering the type of workspace you’d need, think of the maximum number of people you’d be comfortable around. Most find that one on one is easier than working in a team of six or so colleagues. Any type of career where you’re working more on a one-to-one basis with people would be beneficial. Examples: Relate Estate, Physiotherapy, Counselling
High stress situations often occur in busy offices. Times when you’re required to attend meetings, travel to meet different people, get on the phone, calling clients, interview staff, speak publicly etc. All of this can make anxiety issues become more severe.
Try to find a job that doesn’t have you attending regular staff meetings, travelling to and from appointments, and spending most of your time communicating with others.
While you cannot isolate yourself away from society, you can find it easier to work on a solo basis, independently. Careers in graphic design or other types of work that can be done remotely (from home) may be the best way forward.
This is something everyone struggles with regardless of the personality traits, so no matter what your situation is, use the following to get you through the interview with minimal distress.
It’s an indication that you’re lacking confidence
Fire up your laptop or use the mirror for this one. Pull out some interview questions you expect to be asked and play pretend. Ask yourself the questions, and watch yourself as you reply. You’ll start to see when you’re coming across as timid, and discover techniques that let you portray yourself as confident, even when you feel you’re not.
It’s the simplest form that relieves stress and reduces anxiety
Don’t be thinking about how you’re being perceived by your interviewer. Picture yourself doing the job you’re applying for, and that will help raise your confidence. Just think of what it will be like having the job benefits. Focus on the end goal and envision having it. Don’t think of the judgements your interviewer may be thinking. You’ll be stressed to the hilt if you do. Think forward to success.
When the interviewer is over, head home and think over the things that might have been missed. Nearly everyone thinks the “darn it” thoughts after an interview. I should’ve told them this, I should’ve said that…
It’s just the nerves that got the better of you, and it happens to everyone.
A short thank-you note will do wonders to remedy that, and can actually get you a second chance, when you’ll be more comfortable as you’ll have met the person before. Just put on the thank-you note that you appreciate their time, look forward to hearing from them, and drop a mention that it completely slipped your mind to mention _____. The great thing with writing or even emailing is that gives you the ability to express yourself confidently through text, and that can convey the completely different side to you than a traditional interview setting does.