Do you ever wonder if you are making a difference in the world, or in a person’s life? I do. Over the last 2.5 years, since I got the boot from my employer, I’ve tried to make a difference. Well, yesterday was a great day for me, as I had two different people mail me the same book… a book that I had a little part in (and that makes me pretty darn proud!).
About a year ago I decided to create a series of webinars to share what I’ve learned about various stuff. So I created the CEO Training series, and one of the webinars is “Write Your Book!” (you can get it for $49.95 at JibberJobber.com/CEO) For the recording I had two people on the call, one of them was Wendy Gelberg. And it was Wendy Gelberg’s new book that I got in the mail yesterday, twice!
I had a chance to see The Successful Introvert right before it went to press, and I absolutely loved it. I’m not just saying that because I knew more of the back-story, and because Wendy participated in the webinar… I loved this book because it speaks to a special person: me. This might surprise you, as I have a public face, but I consider myself to be an introvert. Networking, the job search, putting myself out there, tooting my own horn, all that stuff is a painful process.
I remember a few months ago I was at a conference where I was a speaker. The opening night of the conference was an open-bar networking thing, and most of the people there were social media people. It was the perfect crowd for me, right? Instead of going down and networking, I went to my hotel room, got into my pajamas, and hunkered down for a peaceful, quiet night.
That’s me. Jason the introvert. Guess how all of my other networking efforts go? It is taxing. It’s genuine, and once I get my groove I’m cool, but sometimes just getting that groove is hard, and scary, and takes a lot of effort.
As I read this book I learned about myself, as an introvert. And I could see how this would benefit job seekers who are scared to death of the job search. There’s an idea that you have to be a loud, Type A personality to get what you want, otherwise the loud ones are going to take what you deserve. Wendy breaks down some myths, and helps me understand how to go about a job search as an introvert.
Here are the chapters:
- Chapter 1: Are You Introverted or Are You Shy?
- Section 2: Job Search and Transition
- Chapter 3: Promoting Yourself: Creating an Effective Resume
- Chapter 4: Cultivating Connections
- Chapter 5: Promoting Yourself: Interviewing
- Chapter 6: After You Land: Transitioning to Success
- Chapter 7: Embrace Your Introversion
In addition to Wendy’s personal experiences, she has a bunch of introverts sharing their thoughts, techniques, etc. with you. Here’s one I really like from Patty Lebau, a teacher (page 37):
“[Job search] has always been a not-fun process, but when I changed it into a research project, I was able to turn it into something I could handle. A research project is the kind of intellectual area that I’m comfortable with.”
One more quick comment. I LOVE the cover. I know how hard it is to come up with a good cover, but the image of the pearl really sums up the idea… great job Wendy!
This book is about 90 pages, and retails for $16.96 on Happy About’s website, or $19.95 on Amazon. Go check it out (and if you are that Type A person, and don’t need this book, you can get it as a gift for someone else).