5 things introverts wish their job interviewers knew

5 things introverts wish their job interviewers knew

Have you ever felt like the job interview is institutionalised discrimination against introverts? When I fill out a job application or write a CV, my introvert skills serve me well. I can research thoroughly, carefully consider an employer’s needs and how my skills might fit, and then present that information coherently. I’m often invited to interview for 4…

3 top tips for talking to people when you feel socially anxious
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3 top tips for talking to people when you feel socially anxious

The one that doesn’t speak Have you always been the quiet one? The one that doesn’t speak? Me too. I’d listen to friends’ discussions from the sidelines. I’d hear the constant chatter, but I wouldn’t chip in. I didn’t know how to talk to people. Did I have any thoughts worth sharing? I often couldn’t…

Why the ‘logical next step’ might not be the best choice for you

Why the ‘logical next step’ might not be the best choice for you

When was the last time you made a decision that you knew, deep down, was the wrong thing to do? We’ve all done it, haven’t we? We’ve all got a story to share about a relationship that shouldn’t have been entered into; a job that made you miserable; or that time you invested in education…

Why you should forget the whole idea of networking as an introvert, and do this instead

Why you should forget the whole idea of networking as an introvert, and do this instead

What does the word ‘networking’ mean for you? For me, it conjures up images of a space crammed with people; some awkwardly making small talk, some deep into delivering their elevator pitch. There’s that annoying guy running around the room thrusting his business cards into the sweaty palms of politely uninterested attendees. Everyone wants to…

Stacey’s story: How alcohol assisted me to feel more social and exciting

Stacey’s story: How alcohol assisted me to feel more social and exciting

As far back as I can recall, I’ve always found it challenging to be in groups of people. I remember feeling much happier and secure with one friend at a time, one person to focus my attention and energy on rather than a crowd of several differing opinions, personalities, voices and energies. At secondary school,…

Hayley’s story: Why I avoided all the good things in life

Hayley’s story: Why I avoided all the good things in life

My Story I have always been the ‘quiet one’. The one that doesn’t speak. As a child, I was described as painfully shy and that is exactly how it felt for me… I hated going to school. I would never volunteer to answer a teacher’s question. But, of course, you don’t have to –you just hear…