Question 1 — Why do career advisers spend so much time talking about networking?
Because networking is more likely to get you good job leads than applying for a bunch of openings online. Whether you are actively job searching or employed and looking to advance your career, networking is key to helping you find opportunities that match your goals.
Question 2 — Isn’t “introvert” just another way of saying “I’m shy?”
No! And as an introvert and a formerly shy person, that assumption annoys the heck out of me. For a very long time I thought that my nervousness and fear of people was just a part of me and I’d never get over it. The truth is, being shy or having social anxiety can be overcome … but that’s another blog for another day.
Introversion, however, does not change — nor should you want it to. I was born an introvert, I’ll die an introvert. I would tell everyone I know about my Introvert Pride, but that would go against my nature.
Introversion is one of the personality preferences used in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Introversion and extroversion refer to how people get and direct their energy.
According to the surprisingly-accurate-for-a-free-assessment-site, PersonalityType.com
“Extroverts’ energy is directed primarily outward, towards people and things outside of themselves. Introverts’ energy is primarily directed inward, towards their own thoughts, perceptions, and reactions. Therefore, Extroverts tend to be more naturally active, expressive, social, and interested in many things, whereas Introverts tend to be more reserved, private, cautious, and interested in fewer interactions, but with greater depth and focus.”
It’s not an either/or sort of thing; every one of us fall somewhere along the extroversion/introversion spectrum. Here’s any easy way to find if you are more of an introvert or an extrovert:
It’s Thursday evening. You have worked full time and are tired. You are so worn out that you’d like to call in sick tomorrow, but you can’t. How will you “recharge your battery” tonight? Would you rather stay at home and chill out with a good book or your favorite TV show, talking to no one except a few short conversations with your family? Or would you rather call a few friends and go out for dinner so you can talk about what’s happening at work?
If staying at home alone after a full day sounds dull and confining, you might be an extrovert. If the thought of socializing and having to be “on” when you are already tired sound like your idea of hell, you are probably an introvert.