Introversion can be a limiting character trait in the hustle-and-bustle of job-seeking. Getting a job is all about ‘who you know’ rather than ‘what you know’, which makes it very hard for those who don’t exude effervescent confidence.
At some point you will have to suck it up and dive headfirst into an opportunity but until then, there are ways to still network without being the person to walk up to a higher-up at a party and introduce yourself.
The fact of the matter is that there is an overwhelming correlation between success and people who are master networkers. Here are three essential networking tips for the introverts out there as explained by Careerealism.
1. Think of it like chatting at a party
Even the word ‘networking’ has the pretentious connotations every introvert wants to avoid. But don’t think of events as puppy parades for potential employers, think of them as the chance to make a new friend.
We often meet one person at a party and spend the majority of a night talking to them, approach networking the same way.
2. Don’t be parasitic, be helpful
One way of getting over the feeling that you’re being a pest is to offer your help with sincerity. No-one who goes looking for job aggressively finds what they’re looking for. Give more than you’re getting from a contact and you’re honesty will be rewarded in the long run.
3. Technology provides the friendly anonymity you want
Most networking these days is done over the computer which opens the market for introverts as well as technophiles. Face-to-face networking is too intense and you often forget what you wanted to say.
Communicating via email or LinkedIn message is the most direct, informal and easy way to network in 2016. Getting to know a contact digitally makes meeting up in person so much less of a big deal as well!