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Posted March 12, 2016 by

Preparing introverts and extroverts for the job search

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Introverts and extroverts handle things in very different ways. School counselors’ job is to help all of their students, and one of the best ways to do this is to know how introverts and extroverts prefer to do things. When preparing them to leave college and enter the job market, there are several things a counselor can do that will help tailor students’ paths with their personalities.

Discover which they are

Before school counselors begin counseling students based on their personalities, they have to determine if students are introverts or extroverts. Unless counselors have a longstanding and personal connection with students, it is probably a good idea to give them some tests to help determine their personality style. Tests — such as this one from Psychology Today — will help determine whether students are introverts or extroverts. Often students themselves are not aware of their own styles, and doing the test will be beneficial to both students and counselors.

Inform students how their personalities can impact their jobs

Many people do not know the difference between introverts and extroverts, and they often don’t know which category they fall into. Once school counselors have determined which one students are through some tests, they can begin telling students about what it means. Explain to students how extroverts and introverts may tackle different scenarios, and how they prefer to do things.

Choose the right application method

Now that both counselors and students understand the latter’s personality type, they can begin tailoring the application process for when they are looking for jobs. For example, counselors can tell extroverts that face-to-face interviews are better for them, since they are more outgoing, while introverts may be better at cover letters and resumes.

However, some application types cannot be avoided; in this case, counselors should help students improve on things that are not necessarily their strengths. For example, here are some ways that introverts can prepare for interviews.

In addition, school counselors can steer them towards jobs more suited to their personalities. As an example, an introvert may not be best suited for a sales position job, or one requiring a lot of group work. On the other hand, an extrovert is probably not suited for a job requiring them to work long hours alone.

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Suggest outside activities

Since a lot of college students do not have work experience they can add to their resumes, outside activities can help bolster them. Give students some options for things they can get involved with that will be suited for their personality types, along with their interests. The more activities they can get involved with, the better their resumes will look.

Encourage them to explore outside their style

While it is a good idea for students to play to their strengths, that does not mean they should avoid anything that makes them uncomfortable. School counselors should encourage students to keep an open mind, and to try some things not necessarily suited to their personality types. At some point along their career paths, students are probably going to do something outside their normal comfort zones, and by expanding their horizons now, they will be better equipped to handle it in the future.

Hopefully this short list will help school counselors tailor the counseling of their students. Helping students realize what their strengths are and how they can utilize them is a great tool for after they graduate and will help guide them for years to come.

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Posted July 29, 2015 by

4 Ways Shy Students can Network

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It seems that an increasing number of outgoing students get their first job through connections; however, this leaves shy students with a lot of anxiety. Some young people are just naturally shy while others need time to blossom into the expert networker they will become. Regardless of the situation, current college students and new grads who are on the shy side can still learn to network successfully with a few modifications that will make the experience less nerve-racking. Once students have overcome their social networking fears, they may find themselves in a world where jobs are easier to obtain and references are plentiful. (more…)

Posted March 02, 2015 by

Career Gauge: How to Know if Your Personality will Fit Your Next Job

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Career choice concept. Woman split half and half in businesswoman and medical doctor / nurse. Young smiling woman isolated on white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Choosing a career that fits your personality is a difficult choice that sometimes can only be completed when you have tried a few on for size. Luckily, you can also take a personality test that should help determine what occupations best fit your style. The most common one is Myers-Briggs.

Interaction with the World

The first way the Myers-Briggs tests each individual’s personality is by determining if you are an introvert or extrovert. Introverts often enjoy to work alone, in an office, or in a cubicle without speaking to groups working with others during large spans of time, like computer coders. Extroverts enjoy working with others as much as possible, hashing out ideas with others. TV writers tend to be extroverts as they work in large groups to hash out script ideas. (more…)

Posted September 26, 2014 by

Can the United States Improve Education Based on Personality?

Some people may believe that education is broken, so why is this the case and what can be done to change this notion?  Most, if not all, teachers probably have students with different personalities.  Perhaps education in the United States could improve if we considered that students’ personalities cause them to learn differently.  Not being a good test taker on paper does not mean that someone isn’t smart, it just means the method of learning is not conducive for them to process information.  The following post features an infographic that will hopefully help teachers take steps to get better results in the classroom by considering the affect of personality. (more…)

Posted March 06, 2012 by

Video: Why Employers Should Value Introverts

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Our world prizes extroverts — but Susan Cain makes a case for the quiet and contemplative. Susan is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant — and a self-described introvert. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts, notes Cain in her new book, Quiet. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society – from Chopin’s nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. (more…)