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The Introvert's Complete Career Guide

Book Description

What do Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Marissa Mayer, and Bill Gates all have in common outside of being wildly successful? They are all introverts. In today’s fast-paced, unstable workplace achieving success requires speaking up, promoting oneself and one’s ideas, and taking initiative. Extroverts, fearless in tooting their own horns, naturally thrive in this environment, but introverts often stumble. If you question your ability to perform and succeed in this extroverted work culture, The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide is custom fit for you. In this supportive, all-inclusive handbook, Jane Finkle demonstrates how to use your introverted qualities to their best advantage, then add a sprinkling of extroverted skills to round out a forceful combination for ultimate career success. Finkle shares the keys to navigating each stage of professional development—from self-assessment and job searching, to survival in a new position and career advancement. In The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide you will learn to: Build confidence by evaluating your values, personality style, interests, and achievements Write the story of your career in resume and LinkedIn formats Use social media at your own comfort level to promote your career and expand your network Express yourself clearly and confidently in network meetings, interviews, and workplace situations Build strong professional relationships with colleagues and senior leaders Overcome fears that prevent you from embracing new challenges Equally applicable to the real or virtual workplace, The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide provides strategies, tools, and success stories that win you the professional respect and recognition you deserve.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. CONTENTS
  6. INTRODUCTION: PEOPLE LIKE US
    1. Extroversion Versus Introversion
    2. The Theory
    3. The Myth of Introversion
    4. Are You an Introvert?
    5. Are You an Intro-Extrovert?
    6. Cultural Differences
    7. Today's Whirlwind of Work
    8. Problems Introverts Face and How to Solve Them
    9. My Story
  7. 1: GIVE THE WALLFLOWER A VOICE
    1. Self-Assessment: Who Are You, Really?
    2. Values: What's My Purpose?
  8. 2: THE WALLFLOWER IN FULL BLOOM
    1. What Color Is My Personality?
    2. Skills: Put Your Competence on Display
    3. Additional Self-Assessment Information
  9. 3: TELL YOUR STORY
    1. Five Resume Trends
    2. Start With a Strategy
    3. Send Your Resume Into Cyberspace
  10. 4: PROMOTE YOURSELF IN REAL TIME
    1. LinkedIn
    2. Twitter
    3. Facebook
    4. Additional Social Media
    5. LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, Oh My!
    6. Questions to Shape Your Strategy
    7. Set Realistic Goals
  11. 5: TALK TO STRANGERS
    1. Planned Happenstance
    2. Examine the Benefits of Networking
    3. Networking Events
    4. Make the Event Work for You
    5. One-to-One Network Meetings
    6. Six Steps to Network Success
    7. Long-Distance Networking
    8. Find Contacts
    9. Role-Play to Overcome Network Performance Anxiety
    10. Cogntitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    11. Creative Visualization: The Power of Your Imagination
    12. Get Into the Spirit
  12. 6: TAKE CENTER STAGE: THE INTERVIEW
    1. Preparation: Lay the Groundwork
    2. Review Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile
    3. Review What Makes You Tick
    4. Employer Research: It Pays to Be in the Know
    5. The Judge and Jury: Who Are Your Interviewers?
    6. Compose Your Answers: Use the Q&A to Tell Your Story
    7. Three Interview Question Categories
    8. Practice Makes Perfect
    9. Practice Techniques
    10. Get Psyched: Overcome Fears and Create Optimism
    11. The First Hurdle: The Screening Interview
    12. The Main Event: The In-Person Interview
    13. Different Interview Formats
  13. 7: GO FOR THE GOLD: NAVIGATE A JOB OFFER
    1. You Got the Job!
    2. Money Isn't Everything
    3. First Things First: Consider Your Current Stats
    4. Let the Negotiations Begin
    5. Negotiating Styles and Scenarios
    6. Negotiating With an Extrovert
    7. Bargaining With an Introvert
    8. Negotiating as a Life Skill
  14. 8: ONBOARD WITH FINESSE
    1. Start Out Right
    2. Wipe the Slate Clean
    3. Understand the Organization
    4. Social Graces
    5. Performance Expectations
    6. Loneliness
    7. Why New Hires Often Fail
    8. A Seven-Step Plan for Success: The First Sixty to Ninety Days
    9. The Extroverted Manager
    10. Gig, Solo Practitioners, and Virtual Workers
  15. 9: SURVIVE AND THRIVE
    1. Manage a Thriving Career
    2. Your Compass
    3. Networking: Part Two
    4. Freshen Up Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile
    5. Let Your Voice Be Heard
    6. Diplomatic Interruption
    7. Public Speaking
    8. Visibility
    9. Survive the Future and Adapt to Change
    10. Take Care of Yourself
  16. CONCLUSION: FINAL THOUGHTS
    1. Resilience
    2. Hope
  17. NOTES
  18. INDEX
  19. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  20. ABOUT THE AUTHOR