Introverts vs. Extroverts: What jobs are you better suited for?

Some people are Chatty Kathy’s, while others prefer to listen.  Some people you see and hear right away while others are more drawn back and prefer to observe.  Whichever one you can relate with most has both benefits and disadvantages in the work environment.  Taking notice of your style of interaction will help you find that job that’s right for you and to help you succeed in the competitive working place.

What is the difference between an introvert and an extrovert?

An introvert is someone who focuses on their own inward ideas.  Often quiet and soft-spoken this type of person takes time to reflect before he or she answers and prefers “alone time” as opposed to group activities after a long day at the office. Though seen as shy, this type of person may not be exactly shy so-to-speak. One who is shy is self-conscious about being judged by others due to how he or she acts or what is said. Introverts may have the quality of being shy, but not always. Introverts do like social interaction, but hours upon hours may become tiring for them. The important thing to notice about introverts is that they take their time to reflect upon an answer or situation as well as take time for themselves.

An extrovert on the other hand is often seen as outgoing.  Extroverts tend to focus on what is going on around them and the people who are interacting with them as well as the situation. This is not to say that extroverts do not reflect before they answer a question, however, an they are more likely to be heard and answer more quickly. They are very good at thinking on their feet.

What are the strengths of being an introvert and an extrovert?

An introvert has a tendency to grasp the idea of social media networking more so than an extrovert.  Without the face-to-face interaction, an introvert can contemplate what he or she wants to say and how he or she wants to say it. This type of networking allows an introvert to use his or her strengths to build relationships that will help them when it comes time for the physical interaction, such as during an interview.  During interviews, introverts also use their listening skills to their advantage.  Something that is sometimes forgotten by interviewees.

An extrovert is great at communicating. Conversations come easy and socializing often is seen as fun and not a task, for example during interviews. Interviews provide an opportunity for an extrovert to have a conversation. Extroverts can keep the conversation moving at a decent pace making the interview seem natural and comfortable.

What are the weaknesses of being an introvert and an extrovert?

Although introverts are very good at online networking, networking in person often seems draining. It is important for introverts not to rely on social media networking but to also incorporate interaction outside of the Web.  Traditional forms of networking are always advised and necessary in building relationships.  Introverts also have a hard time “bragging” about their accomplishments or abilities which makes it hard for them to write their resumes or cover letters. Also, during interviews it may be at the introverts disadvantage to contemplate their ideas and thoughts.  Often times, employers look for a reaction and an immediate response.  With introverts being more reserved and thoughtful, their lack of quick thinking may cause issues during the interviewing process.

Since extroverts are great at being social, you would think that networking is a piece of cake. False, often times extroverts forget to have meaningful conversations and find themselves having more superficial conversations. This is a drawback because this is a situation where quality is sometimes more important than quantity. Remembering names and job titles is important when networking. Extroverts also sometimes have difficulty writing their resumes because it is more information based as opposed to quick thinking and witty comments. Similarly in interviews, an extrovert’s ability to keep a conversation going can sometimes lead to rambling and extra information that is not needed. Extroverts also may get nervous with the silence.  Silence is not always so bad, it is how you handle it that is important.

How can you tell which one you are closer to?

Here are a few different online quizzes you can take to help figure out which grasps your personality better:

Personality Quiz 1

  • This quiz simply gives you your score.

Personality Quiz 2

  • This quiz includes more explanations.

Personality Quiz 3

  • This quiz is longer and more in depth.

Which jobs are more suitable and beneficial for introverts and extroverts?

These are jobs that seem to best fit each type pf personality.  However, this is not to say that an introvert cannot do a job that is best suited for an extrovert and vice versa. These are only suggestions to help you feel more comfortable while searching for a job.

Introverts:

  • Writer
  • Designer
  • Engineer
  • Chef
  • Scientist
  • Lawyer
  • Truck Driver
  • Teacher
  • Programmer
  • Developer

Extroverts:

  • Therapist
  • Construction Worker
  • Nurse
  • Event Planner
  • Advertising Account Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales Representative
  • Firefighter
  • Entertainer
  • Police Officer
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