Job hunting personality hacks very few job seekers know

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Having a clear understanding of the impact of your interactions can help maximise your qualities (Shutterstock.com)

Extroverts, introverts and now more recently ambiverts - you’ve read about these different personality traits, you have some idea about where on the personality spectrum you fit in and know which careers are perfect for your personality.

But have you thought about how your personality traits affect your job hunt?

While many people know which personality trait they identify with most, they are not aware of the impact that their interactions have in building their careers. When you have a clear understanding of the impact of your interactions, it makes it easier to maximise your qualities and make your way into the hidden job market.

So, extroverts, introverts and ambiverts of the world, you better check out these tips so you know how to use your personality to land your dream career.

Extroverts

Looking for leads:

Chances are you already have a huge network. Use your ability to easily connect with others by letting those in your network (of course those who need to know), what you’re looking for. The more the people who know what you’re after, the greater the chance of finding someone who will connect you with the right people.

Expanding your network:

There’s an almost definitive guarantee that you’ve connected with someone through someone who knows someone else. Well now is the time to talk to your connections and ask for introductions to people who are likely to advance your career. Joining professional Facebook groups and attending industry events are all ways of expanding your network.

Going for an interview:

Although you may feel more than ready for any interview thrown your way, be careful not to allow your enthusiasm to you take over the conversation. Remember that the interviewer is the one leading the conversation and your role is to answer him/her as concisely as possible, especially if you tend to ramble.

Introverts

Looking for leads:

While you may not have truckloads of people in your circle, you have a stronger, more meaningful connection with the few people in your list of contacts. Often, your connections can go beyond providing you with on the surface leads to offering you insightful and thorough references – a contribution that many hiring managers will love.

Expanding your network:

Because you’re not the type to walk up to a stranger and strike up a conversation, consider joining an organisation such as an NGO or attending events where you'll already share a common interest and so will naturally engage in conversations with others.

Going to an interview:

Your natural listening skills and ability to ask thought-provoking questions will work in your favour. However, your hesitation in verbally articulating your thoughts can work against you. The best way around this is to practice selling your skills and experience in the privacy of your own home or with those you are comfortable with. On the day of your interview, arrive early to the interview venue so you have time to gather your thoughts.

Ambiverts

Looking for leads:

You have the opportunity to approach people from both sides. So drop a mail to a few contacts you feel you have a genuine connection with and talk to them about people or organisations that may fit what you’re looking for.

Expanding your network:

You’re flexible and so can draw benefits from both sides. Although you may not have the enthusiasm to match the average extrovert, or the listening ability of an introvert, you can pull in and lead a conversation in any situation. So when striking up a conversation with say the CEO of your dream company, rely on your extroverted traits to start up a conversation about a topic that may apply at that moment, but also ensure that you listen.

Going to an interview

It can be tricky to figure out where in an interview you stand, especially when you don’t know the interviewer’s behaviour. Nonetheless, if you pay close attention to the interviewer’s body language, you will be able to adjust your behaviour to meet the interviewer’s expectations. For instance, if you notice that you’ve been speaking for way too long that should signal that you need to wrap things up and give the interviewer a chance to speak.

With all things said, if you’re uncertain about where on the personality spectrum you stand, doing a personality test can help you discover your unique personality characteristics and help you assess how you can use your personality traits to find your dream job.