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Helpful Networking Hints for Shy People

Helpful Networking Hints for Shy People

Margaret Steen | Monster

Network, network, network: It’s the most common advice job seekers hear. And it’s good advice—in a recent HotJobs poll, 58 percent of respondents said that networking had helped them land their most recent job.

But for people who aren’t naturally outgoing, the very idea of networking can cause a lot of anxiety. Many of us dread “schmoozing” with large groups of people.

The good news for those people is that networking isn’t just about working a crowd. In fact, introverts have some qualities that work to their advantage.

“Introverts are usually excellent listeners. They reflect before speaking, and they enjoy one-on-one conversations,” says Janet Civitelli, a workplace psychologist and the owner of career advice site VocationVillage.com.

In fact, networking is about building relationships, and that can be done one-on-one, in groups, or online via social networking.

Networking in groups is usually the most difficult for introverts, but “all three can be valuable in different ways,” says Wendy Gelberg, the author of “The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career.”

Next: Tips to Help Introverts Build Strongest Networks →


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