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    In the workforce, having a successful career can often be about personal branding and forging connections with others in the industry. But these things can be tough for introverts, who are naturally prone to desire time alone, prefer personal reflection and thought, and are often very shy.

    This can be intimidating when entering a professional world where you must compete with extroverts, who are typically very sociable and draw their energy from other people. Still, the workforce doesn’t have to be a daunting place for those who aren’t as comfortable spending a lot of time around others.

    Personal branding for introverts

    Here are seven tips to get introverts on the path to personal-branding success:

    1. Speak up about your accomplishments. Introverts often don’t get the recognition they deserve because they have a difficult time promoting themselves or bringing themselves attention. But it’s unwise to rely on others to speak up about your accomplishments, and letting them go unnoticed could get in the way of promotional opportunities. Think carefully about what you can say about your accomplishments, and to whom, to ensure you receive credit where credit is due.

    2. Forge strong relationships. Many introverts may find it helpful to have a mentor or trusted supervisor to help them succeed. Forging strong relationships with those who are more apt to speak up on your behalf can be beneficial when you need someone to vouch for your abilities.

    3. Share your ideas. You don’t have to force yourself to be a chatterbox, but when you have a new idea or opinion, share it. This is one way that a boss or superior will really recognize your contribution to the organization. It can often help to mentally lay out what you’re going to say before you say it.

    4. Don’t over-analyze your performance. Introverts can be particularly hard on themselves because they often become self-conscious when on public display. Remember not to dwell on “mistakes.” Focus on your successes, and don’t over-analyze your situation.

    5. Rehearse. If you have an interview or presentation coming up, practice a few times in front of the mirror or in front of a friend. The more you do something, the less foreign it becomes.

    6. Have a plan. Prepare for networking events by having a plan laid out. Have a few conversation starters ready, like comments about things most people can discuss, such as current events, movies, or books. Making small talk comes more naturally when you find common ground. Or, prepare a 60-second elevator pitch as a quick way to forge relationships.

    ​7. Take advantage of your strengths. Many introverts find that they communicate much better online than in-person. Make sure to take advantage of online networks like Twitter, LinkedIn, and any other site for young professionals to gain contacts in a stress-free environment.

    Remember, although the workforce can seem overwhelming to an introvert, anyone can learn proper networking and interviewing skills. Good luck!

    What are some other tips you would give to introverts who are looking to improve their performance and personal branding?


    Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.


    Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

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    5 comments on “7 Personal Branding Tips For Introverts
    1. avatar
      Erik says:

      I think one piece of advice would also be to memorize your resume. Surprisingly, few people remember what is exactly listed on their resume. Perhaps it was written long ago, or perhaps that person just has really bad memory, either way, remembering your accomplishments and experiences in list form will help you have more confidence in interviews and marketing oneself for job applications.

    2. avatar
      Pascal says:

      Essentially your tips can be summed up to “don’t be an introvert”… Those 7 tips are the very things introverts are bad at…

    3. avatar

      Query the archaic term introvert. More useful is ‘inner directed’, a positive employable quality. Quoting Francis Kinsman:
      ‘Inner directed’ people are much more values driven, demonstrating a considered inner sense of purpose. They are generally sensitive to ethical concerns and tolerant of alternative cultures. Their purchasing patterns and lifestyles reflect their more compassionate nature.

    4. avatar

      Great tips, I have been wondering what I should do with networking for a long time, this article is excellent, and I don’t want to lose the opportunity.

      Thanks for the tips.

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      As an introvert myself, I have had a lot of challenges with each of the issues in your post. I, today, still find I struggle with it and it is a quality that I find I have to work on daily. A great smile and the ability to laugh at myself at times have been my handlebars.

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