Saturday, February 14, 2009

Suggested Career Books for Introverts

Introverts face special challenges not only when looking for work, but also when trying to secure promotions. Our quiet nature can come across as rudeness and we often have trouble with social conventions such as small talk. Luckily, there are several books that target introverted people who want to achieve success in their careers. A few to consider:

1. The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career by Wendy Gelberg
Gelberg, an introvert herself, interviewed successful introverts from a variety of backgrounds. Their advice can be found throughout the book, as well as tips for job searching, interviews, and networking.

2. Confessions of an Introvert: The Shy Girl's Guide to Career, Networking and Getting the Most Out of Life by Megan Wier
Introversion and shyness aren't the same thing, but many introverts are shy and vice versa. (A quiz at the beginning of the book will help you figure out if you are an introvert, an extrovert, or shy). The book contains advice about building confidence, dealing with social anxiety, leadership, networking and self-promotion. I recommend this to any introvert or shy person, regardless of your age or career goals.

3. The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extroverted World by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.
Although Laney doesn't offer much in the way of career advice, this book is an interesting read about the introvert personality and advice on how to introverts can accept themselves in a society that prefers extroverts.

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