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Introverts

What You Need to Know: 

A variety of books, organized into categories, are available for checkout from the Career Development Resource Room. When you have chosen a book you would like to borrow, just stop by the Career Development Resource Room in 124 Scovell Hall, between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., M-F, to check out any of the following books.

200 Best Jobs for Introverts

by Shatkin, Laurence, ©2008, 978-1-59357-477-2
From Amazon.com:
200 Best Jobs for Introverts helps readers make the best career match for their strengths in just two steps:(1)Review best jobs lists to compare careers and to find those that suit them best. (2) Learn more about their careers of interest through detailed job descriptions. More than 75 "best jobs" lists include information about the best careers for introverts organized by pay, growth, opening, interests, education, self-employment, part-time work, gender, age, and more. Readers also learn the best jobs ranked by levels of quiet, solitary work, contact with others, autonomy, and direct contact with the public. Extensive descriptions of the 200 best jobs help job seekers, career changers, and anyone doing career research explore promising opportunities that match their unique needs.

Careers for Introverts

Cameson, Blythe, ©2006, 978-0-07-144861-1
From Amazon.com:
It’s a fact—different people thrive in different kinds of jobs. Careers for Introverts & Other Solitary Types encourages you to embrace your individuality by finding the job that matches your character traits—often jobs you'd never think of, but that take advantage of your strengths and abilities.

Confessions of an Introvert: The Shy Girl's Guide to Career, Networking and Getting The Most Out of Life

Wier, Meghan, ©2009, 9781572486973
From ForeWord Magazine:
Networking is a big buzzword these days. People are joining networking Web sites and networking groups in the hopes of improving their career or social status, or simply expanding their social circle. Confessions of an Introvert: The Shy Girl's Guide to Career, Networking, and Getting the Most of Out Life helps women for whom networking and self-promotion don't come naturally.

"[E]xtroverts gain energy from other people and introverts feel like they just get the energy sucked out of them by other people," author Meghan Wier writes. She is an expert on marketing and networking, and a self-proclaimed introvert. Wier insists that introverts can become charismatic speakers and great leaders. She helps readers along the way with sections on identifying sources of anxiety, building confidence in tough situations, becoming an expert in one's field, and organization. In order to make public speaking easier, she recommends that readers write down everything they dislike about speaking and why, then come up with actions that will offset each item.

Introvert Power

Helgoe, Laurie, ©2008, 9781402211171
From Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. "Most Americans, whether introverted or extroverted, have learned to look like extroverts," writes psychologist (and introvert) Helgoe in this well-written and well-reasoned analysis that challenges the perception of introverts as a silent, problematic minority. The author reveals that 57% of the U.S. population identify as introverts and are so commonly misunderstood because many of them have become adept at mimicking extroversion (becoming a "Socially Accessible Introvert") to get by. Helgoe encourages introverts to see themselves as perfectly functional and to fulfill their need for solitude with regular retreats and creating a private space in their homes. Helgoe's book is wide-ranging and cross-cultural, invoking how other societies (particularly in Japan and Scandinavia) are more compatible with and accepting of introversion. Helpful sections details why introverts need extroverts in their lives and how extroverts depend on introverts for their artistic contributions and inner "richness." The author's voice is vivid and engaging, and she skillfully draws real-life examples of awkward scenarios introverts find themselves in when forced to play a role in society or the workplace. Readers will find much insight, as well as a comforting sense of being understood and validated.

Self-Promotion for Introverts

Ancowitz, Nancy, ©2010, 978-0-07-159129-4
From Amazon.com:
Get noticed . . . and get ahead! All too often, introverts get passed over for job offers and promotions while their more extroverted colleagues get all of the recognition. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
In Self-Promotion for Introverts®, business communication coach and intrepid introvert Nancy Ancowitz helps introverts tap into their quiet strengths, articulate their accomplishments, and launch an action plan for gaining career advancement. You will learn how to: promote yourself without bragging— when networking, on job interviews, and at work, use your quiet gifts (writing, researching, and listening) to your advantage, be a commanding presenter, despite your quieter nature, formulate your best plans, set goals, take action— and even find a better job, featuring exclusive advice from Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton, Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black, and marketing guru Seth Godin, Self-Promotion for Introverts® helps you progress inward, outward, and onward.

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

Laney, Marti Olsen, ©2002, 9780761123699
From Amazon.com:
Do you "zone out" if too much is going on? Are you energized by spending time alone? In meetings, do you need to be asked for your opinions and ideas? Do you tend to notice details that other people miss? Is your ideal celebration a small get-together, rather than a big party? Do you often feel like a tortoise surrounded by hares? The good news is, you're an introvert. The better new is that by celebrating the inner strengths and uniqueness of being an "innie," The Introvert Advantage shows introverts, and the extroverts who love them, how to work with instead of against their temperament to enjoy a well-lived life. Covering relationships, parenting -- including parenting the introverted child -- socializing, and the workplace, here are coping strategies, tactics for managing energy, and hundreds of valuable tips for not only surviving but truly thriving in an extrovert world.

The Introverted Leader

Kahnweiler, Jennifer B, ©2009, 978-1-57675-577-8
From Amazon.com:
In our extroverted business culture, introverts can feel excluded, overlooked, or misunderstood. But being an introvert doesn't mean you can't be a great leader. Citing examples of highly successful leaders like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, Jennifer Kahnweiler shows that introverts can build on their quiet strength and make it a source of great power. After highlighting the common challenges introverts face at work, such as stress, invisibility, and perception gaps, the book details a straightforward four-step process to handle work situations such as managing up, leading projects, public speaking, and many more. Kahnweiler provides numerous examples and leadership tips as well as a revealing Introverted Leader Quiz that pinpoints where focused attention will produce maximum results, The Introverted Leader will teach you to embrace your natural work style in order to advance your career, get the most out of the people around you, and add value to your organization.

The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career

Gelberg, Wendy, ©2008, 978-1-60005-107-4
From Amazon.com:
The purpose of this book is to present strategies used by successful people - including numerous celebrities - in managing their introversion or shyness while becoming successful in professional endeavors. If you've ever felt that your personality was getting in the way of achieving your goals, if you've ever felt there was a gap separating you from most other people, this book will open up new possibilities. You don't have to undergo a personality makeover to be successful in your job search and career. Learn to understand, appreciate, and celebrate your unique strengths. This book will both enlighten and empower readers with specific strategies to use in everyday personal and professional activities so that they can achieve greater success in their lives. At the same time, it is intended to enable introverts to understand, appreciate, and celebrate their unique strengths.