The Successful Introvert: How To Enhance Your Job Search And Advance Your Career By Wendy Gelberg
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The purpose of this book is to present strategies used by successful people – including numerous celebrities – in managing their introversion or shyness while becoming successful in professional endeavors. If you've ever felt that your personality was getting in the way of achieving your goals, if you've ever felt there was a gap separating you from most other people, this book will open up new possibilities. You don't have to undergo a personality makeover to be successful in your job search and career. Learn to understand, appreciate, and celebrate your unique strengths.
This book will both enlighten and empower readers with specific strategies to use in everyday personal and professional activities so that they can achieve greater success in their lives. At the same time, it is intended to enable introverts to understand, appreciate, and celebrate their unique strengths.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #495484 in Books
- Published on: 2008-09-30
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .32 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 108 pages
From the Back Cover
"When I first got into sales and marketing, [introversion] brought forth my technical knowledge and my ability to talk to people and be credible.' Being a good listener made me a good sales person. I'm viewed as a thoughtful, intelligent person, someone who's fair-minded."
Paul Viau, Business Development Manager for technology company
"[Introversion] helps me to create the models, ideas, acronyms, insights that I'm known for. It also helps my relationships and ability to connect with others--when I'm talking to someone, I can concentrate on the person fully and not get distracted by other people or activity in the room."
Susan Whitcomb, Author and Career Coach
"I think that as an introvert I know to take time for myself, to be thoughtful and direct. I think before I speak or do (at least I try to!)."
Meghan Wier, Business Writer and Author of Confessions of an Introvert, The Shy Girl's Guide to Career, Networking and Getting the Most Out of Life
"I seem to have the gift for listening to complex and winding conversations and reducing them down to their essence. I am also very good at listening to staff and honing in on what their issue or problem is."
Ann Lawthers, Senior Director, Evaluation and Measurement
"`Silent waters run deep.' `The strong, silent type.' These can be advantageous and project an image of seriousness, diligence, and competence. Also, even though it may seem obvious, if you're not out socializing the whole time you're at work, you can get a lot more done!"
"Douglas," formerly Mechanical Engineer, now MBA Student/Management Consultant
"The analytical, deep thinking part is very helpful. Attention to detail, problem solving, brainstorming."
Barbie Dallman, Certified Professional Life Coach
"I'm so comfortable being this way. I think it's kept me out of office politics to a great extent. A lot of people would consider me a go-to person because they knew I wasn't going to be talking freely. I think typically being an introvert in the office, I think I'm a lot more observant, a little keener observer of people's personalities."
Dianne, Dental Assistant, Medical Researcher
"People experience me as straightforward and not exaggerated...People can appreciate that you're not hogging all the air time. Generally what you say is because it's been thought through a little more; there's a higher ratio of signal to noise. It's more likely to be worth listening to."
Jay, College Professor
"Over time I developed a reputation for careful thinking and planning and fairness and trustworthiness."
Sandy, Corporate Writing Trainer
"I think I have an ability to focus more intently on things, to see deeper. You get to see sides of people, take the time and have the desire to see sides of people that for other people might slide by."
Deb Dib, CEO Career Strategist
"I think my introversion allows me to stay focused to do the research and the writing of the work and then to start talking about it."
Murray A. Mann, CCM, CPBS, Principal, Global Diversity Solutions Group, LLC
"My job has a heavy emphasis on analysis and design. I have to spend a lot of time investigating various approaches for solving specific problems...I love this kind of work, and I feel that my introspective nature is a huge advantage. Because of my quiet, introspective nature, I've been perceived as a `deep thinker.' Whether true or not, this perception has often worked in my favor."
Rick Sullivan, Director of Software Engineering, GateRocket, Inc.
"My father always told me that we are born with 2 ears and 1 mouth. It is more important to listen than to talk. We always learn more by listening.
Kathy Scarpone, Administrative Specialist
About the Author
Wendy Gelberg is the owner of Gentle Job Search/Advantage Resumes. She is a certified career coach and resume writer whose expertise is in helping people who are uncomfortable "tooting their own horn." Designated the "Job-Hunt Pro for Introverts" for Job-hunt.org, Wendy coaches individuals, gives workshops and writes articles and blogs on all aspects of the job search process. Samples of her resumes and career advice appear in over 20 books. Wendy has owned her business for over 10 years. She has been an introvert her whole life. Contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
much needed book
By C. J. Alba
I had a chance to see The Successful Introvert right before it went to press, and I absolutely loved it. I'm not just saying that because I knew more of the back-story, and because Wendy participated in the webinar... I loved this book because it speaks to a special person: me. This might surprise you, as I have a public face, but I consider myself to be an introvert. Networking, the job search, putting myself out there, tooting my own horn, all that stuff is a painful process.
I remember a few months ago I was at a conference where I was a speaker. The opening night of the conference was an open-bar networking thing, and most of the people there were social media people. It was the perfect crowd for me, right? Instead of going down and networking, I went to my hotel room, got into my pajamas, and hunkered down for a peaceful, quiet night.
That's me. Jason the introvert. Guess how all of my other networking efforts go? It is taxing. It's genuine, and once I get my groove I'm cool, but sometimes just getting that groove is hard, and scary, and takes a lot of effort.
As I read this book I learned about myself, as an introvert. And I could see how this would benefit job seekers who are scared to death of the job search. There's an idea that you have to be a loud, Type A personality to get what you want, otherwise the loud ones are going to take what you deserve. Wendy breaks down some myths, and helps me understand how to go about a job search as an introvert.
Here are the chapters:
* Chapter 1: Are You Introverted or Are You Shy?
* Section 2: Job Search and Transition
* Chapter 3: Promoting Yourself: Creating an Effective Resume
* Chapter 4: Cultivating Connections
* Chapter 5: Promoting Yourself: Interviewing
* Chapter 6: After You Land: Transitioning to Success
* Chapter 7: Embrace Your Introversion
In addition to Wendy's personal experiences, she has a bunch of introverts sharing their thoughts, techniques, etc. with you. Here's one I really like from Patty Lebau, a teacher (page 37):
"[Job search] has always been a not-fun process, but when I changed it into a research project, I was able to turn it into something I could handle. A research project is the kind of intellectual area that I'm comfortable with."
One more quick comment. I LOVE the cover. I know how hard it is to come up with a good cover, but the image of the pearl really sums up the idea... great job Wendy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Some practical advice but not as good as expected
By Timothy Smalt
Overall this book is okay. It is full of some practical advice to overcome (or shall I say maximize) your tendency to be introverted in career and social situations. I expected much more practical advice, though. The chapters regarding the strategies for networking and approaching social situations were the most helpful. It would have been nice to have had some hypothetical situations described in which some of the advice was or could be used. The small quotations from experts and professionals simply did not capture all of the practical strategies there are to use one's introvert personality to the fullest. Definitely not worth the full price - buy used.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
By Jeanne Knight
As a Career Coach, I often work with clients who cringe at the thought of networking to find job leads or struggle with the idea of "selling themselves" on an interview. So many times I've wished I had a resource I could offer that would help them feel more comfortable with their introversion, as well as provide tools for how to conduct a successful job search. I have finally found such a resource. In the "Successful Introvert," Wendy describes the differences between "introversion" and "shyness" and offers insights into the challenges faced by introverts as they strive to manage their careers in a seemingly "extroverted" world. Being a Career Coach and an introvert herself, she offers empathetic advice, practical strategies, usable tools, and realistic action plans that will help any introverted or shy person feel more confident, empowered, and "OK" with who they are as they conduct their job search and manage their career.
Throughout the book are quotes by professionals in a variety of careers who consider themselves introverted, and who offer insights into how they've managed their introversion and tapped into their strengths to survive - and even thrive - in an extroverted world. I found these insights most valuable and I believe readers of the book will connect with the people she's interviewed and take strength from their comments. I highly recommend this book to anyone who considers themselves introverted and who wants to feel more confident in conducting their job search and in managing their career in general.
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