Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hate Your Job?

A recent article in the New York Times focused on surviving a job you hate - a tough issue in a down economy where it's often not easy to change positions.  It offered tips that include concentrating on learning new skills, talking to your supervisor, or finding satisfaction in other areas of your life. 

What's the introvert angle?  Fit comes first.  Though the article does not address personality fit - much less introversion - having an introvert-unfriendly job is no fun. If fit is the problem, it's almost always better to move on and try not to make the same mistake twice - though that's easier said than done in a tight job market. Beyond a simple fit issue though, introverts can be especially frustrated when surrounded by expectations to be more outgoing or when they have an extroverted boss who doesn't understand their need for quiet time. Among those available that I cover in my book, a strategy that an introvert can pursue is to figure out how to make your current job more amenable to your introverted tendencies, for example, by carving out some private time each day that helps to conserve your energy (and sanity!). Another strategy can be to learn to communicate with the boss by studying her/his style and tailoring how you approach him or her so that your needs will be more likely to be heard.

Survival Skills for a Job You Detest

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