Extroverts are the rockstars of this big wide world of ours. They thrive on being in front of crowds, being the life of the party and making a scene. If not for them, cavemen and women may have just died out, because they would stayed home and watched Netflix, read books and only left the cave to get some groceries. There never would have been cave-to-cave salespeople trying to hawk tires either, and we may have never have discovered the sun.
Because of this caveperson mentality, life on this earth has long catered to the extroverts. People in power, whether it be political, or entertainment, or heads of industry extroverts are the ones that make rousing speeches, are comfortable being in front of a camera, or being the most exciting person at a party or gathering. Making people laugh, persuading people to do things out of their comfort zones, climbing mountains and writing inspirational quotes on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles about seizing the day.
They are also the ones that attract some of the highest paying jobs, because they can schmooze an interviewer about all kinds of things they’ve done, whether they’ve done them or not. On the other hand, there are the introverts, who while they are okay every once in a while interacting with people, are perfectly happy at home alone, reading a book, watching Netflix marathons or laying on the couch eating pizza.
The thing they despise almost as much as anything is small talk. Schmoozing. Layering on something thick that doesn’t mean a darn thing. Networking. When it comes to finding a job, being an extrovert has all the advantages. Because of this, extroverts thrive in job finding industry, while introverts are stuck getting the scraps.
Most people will never know how amazing introverts are, because they are so enamored with extroverts, and their ability to BS, that they will never get to know what introverts are really like. That has to change my bitter acquaintances, and that is why I am proposing that we create the Introvert’s Employment Network.
This network is solely dedicated to introverts and helping them find jobs. And if necessary, creating jobs for them. It is absurd and ludicrous how underutilized introverts are. Many of them have talents in amazing things that people just don’t pay money for and they end up doing extrovert things because they want to support their families instead of living in poverty.
The IEN will cater specifically to introverts. Our process is pretty simple. We will talk to introverts (I know, sounds like something they won’t want to do) in their language, the way they are comfortable. So maybe they are good writers, so we talk to them through e-mail. We have them take the Myers-Briggs test, because they love that kind of thing. Maybe we come to their cave and watch Netflix with them, (without talking to them of course) or observe them at work when there is some downtime and discover just exactly what they are really passionate about. Do they like reading books, do they love a certain show on TV? Do they like to draw? Do they like to sing on the way to work or do they love to write or edit Youtube videos or have creative ideas about making Youtube videos, but just not have an actor friend to do these videos? Or do they just simply love accounting and numbers? Would they be a good fit with a small number of people that have some shared interests at work, or do they like just being left alone to accomplish amazing things instead stuck with a boss that likes to micromanage?
Then we start finding companies that are introvert friendly. Not just the same old, accounting and IT positions, but ones that are natural fits for candidates. Maybe a company needs someone to write bitter blogs, but also someone that is passionate about cooking. Or someone needs a social media presence, but also likes someone that plays guitar. When we find the right fit, we find an HR rep or another person in the company that is trained in introversion. They must be introvert certified and understand how introverts work. Then an interview is set up.
The candidate isn’t asked to dress up in a suit or asked to be at their most nervous. They aren’t asked the typical stupid interview questions, like how do you see yourself in five years? They are asked stuff like, what is your favorite thing on TV? What is your favorite video game, or book or website or movie. What is your favorite dream that you’ve ever been woken up by? What thing has made you the most excited to wake up in the morning for, or what do you most look forward to when you get home? What is the thing you would if you had the all the time in the world to do? Stuff like that to discover just exactly what drives the introvert and will unlock their full potential. What kind of management do you prefer? What hours work best for you?
It’s time for the introverts to finally be catered to. It’s time for the world to recognize what the freak they are missing out on. And time to get a big drill and dig into the ground and strike the oil of potential inside the minds of these crazy, creative, genius idea filled minds and cater to them. Now, is there any extroverts out there that can help us start this network?
Bitter Introvert Network Ben