(Closed) Advice from introverts!!!

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

An intovert would probably enjoy a job like data entry. I myself am pretty introverted which is an asset to my job because I work alone all day everyday. The social anxiety and lack of interviewing skills can be overcome with practice. Some things that help me interact with others is knowing that they are not constantly judging me because they probably care more about themselves and their own problems than about me, also remembering that you cannot please everyone all of the time, it’s just not humanly possible.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Not everything you described is due to introversion, in fact a lot of it seems more like social anxiety. So I would focus on coming at it from that angle because I think it will show you how to tackle the problem more effectively. A couple suggestions:

1. Data entry is an excellent role that PP suggested.

2. Have him write his answers to interview questions first and then roleplay doing it aloud, it’ll help him collect his thoughts before he has to explain them. 

3. Try going through a temp agency, they’ll have a lot of filing jobs or things like that, and they’ll do the “search” part for you.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m an introvert but I don’t have any trouble interacting with people or interviewing for jobs, so there might be something else going on here. Introverts often find lots of interaction draining, but most of us are able to do it. My SO is an introvert as well and is very, very good with people.

A library or a museum would probably be a poor choice for what you describe as he will have to consistantly interact with the public. I work in a library, and while I am very introverted I don’t mind occasionally helping patrons which I don’t think he would enjoy at all.

I agree with the suggestion about data entry. Something where he would not have to do any kind of public service. I have a friend who does medical entering from home. Perhaps something like that?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I agree with other posters that more than introversion seems to be going on here. I am very introverted, but I am a great interviewer. I’m also a teacher and have to work in front of a room of 35 students everyday. I think he might have more issues, like others have said, with social anxiety.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mrsbruff2b:  I do not have a data enty job. I’m a junior scientist, and my only co-worker is my Primary Investigator who doesn’t actually do any work in the lab. I majored in biochemistry which was one of the major qualifications of my job. I just mentioned my job to point out that there are jobs out there where needing limited personal interaction is an asset. I think an extrovert would be driven mad by how much time I spend alone. I suggested data entry because often I think all they look for is a degree, and don’t particularly care which one. There are a lot of different fields that just need data put into a computer. If you look around on the internet it should not be hard to find a staffing agency near you.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mrsbruff2b:  He can make an account for linkedin.com of course he doesn’t have to fill in any of the info or have to have any connections for the meantime, but for now he can use it for the job advise.  They often post blogs up on “how to answer the most common interview questions” or “One sentence that will get you the job” things like that. It would help him a lot trust!

 

I’ve seen in many instances that a person will post up something like…”I’m a recent grad with a degree in ___ and have limited experience, advise?” and sometimes actual employers comment and tell them about job/internship openings at their companies.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Detail oriented is always a good one on resumes. On mine I have :

 Basic experimental planning
 Understanding of safety and health regulations
 Capable of working independently and as part of a team
 Learns tasks quickly, and asks questions when appropriate
 Ability to closely follow established procedures
 Prioritizes and organizes work to ensure timely completion of assigned tasks

as well as a laundry list of lab skills. You said that your brother is a university student, at my university they had a service that would review and help you revise your resume to be more hireable, maybe he should look and see if his university provides a similar service.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The fact that he enjoys repetitive menial tasks is a major win for any type of clerical job he’ll apply for. If you have him apply for any data entry, filing, etc jobs I would include under summary of qualifications, “enjoys repetitive tasks.” 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I will agree with some PP’s and say that this sounds like a lot more than introversion.  I am a very introverted person but also suffer from severe anxiety.  I do not classify them one in the same.  They are very different things.  Introversion I think, to a degree, is a decision you make.  Anxiety, on the other hand, is extremely hard to control without proper treatment.

I work in a very large office as a temp and am pretty much left to my own.  I would suggest refining his resume and then contacting a recruiter.  Even if he just starts out in something temporary, it will get him experience interviewing and put something additional on his resume.  It will open a lot of doors.

I would continue pushing counseling, though.

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