Best Careers for Introverts, HSPs, and Other Sensitive Souls

Sensitive souls (including introverts, highly sensitive persons [HSPs], and people with big hearts) need to be careful about our work environments and career paths. We can really thrive and excel in the right environment, and we can wilt easily in the wrong environment.

If you have a yuck feeling about work, I bet it is because the work itself or the work culture are a bad match for you. You have so much to offer. Yes, YOU. The world needs your gifts. I mean it. You can find a better fit. Not overnight, but a better way is possible.

I’ve tried all kinds of work environments from classrooms to cubicles, and many kinds of careers, and now I have landed happily with being a self-employed coach.

In those various work experiences, sometimes I felt alive and energized and sometimes completely drained and MISERABLE. Oh I can feel the bad memories in my body as I write this. I want to reach out to you if you’re feeling that misery and beg you to believe it can be different.

I’ve studied what factors work for me and what works for others with a similar temperament.  Now I can fairly easily tell you what is important for us in choosing our work environments and career paths. Work can feel great, really! I’ll explain what you need to know.

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Top 10 TED Talks for Rethinking and Inspiring Your Work

In my last post, I mentioned my favorite inspiring podcasts, one of which is the TED Talks video podcast.  I love TED Talks, those inspiring talks you can watch free online. So it’s about time I dedicate a blog post to TED.

I want to tell you my favorite TED Talks for making your work life more fun, empowered, and successful. My clients will recognize some of these as ones I suggest for homework.

First, I have a celebration to share. I’m excited that I’m going to attend my first live TEDx event (TEDx Shelburne Falls). I even get to help out with it, including volunteering to coach one of the speakers.

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Changing Your Clothes Can Lead the Way

I think you’d be surprised how much clothing comes up when talking with my career and business coaching clients. What is it about what we wear that seems to have such power over us?

Haven’t you put on a nice outfit and you suddenly feel like a million bucks? (Like The Red-Headed Diva shown in the photo.) Conversely, the wrong outfit can ruin your mood.

Sometimes we pretend we’re “above” that fashion stuff (while we secretly watch makeover shows). Let’s forget about judging or questioning it. Instead, let’s take a lesson from the drag queens who know the power of a great outfit!

Let’s consciously use that power of our clothes for our benefit.
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Stress Relief for Introverts in Career Transition

As a career and business coach who specializes in helping introverts, you can imagine the trepidation I hear about networking, writing about oneself on LinkedIn, starting a new business, and feeling heard at work.

For clarity, introverts are NOT at a disadvantage when it comes to career transition or starting a business, but they might feel more stressed by it.

My primary work struggle related to introversion was in valuing and speaking up about my talents and accomplishments. With a lot of help, including communication classes and a career coach, I finally hit my stride with speaking confidently, authentically, and thoughtfully. It’s funny to look back because my communication now feels so easy and so “me.”

I’ve gathered a few resources that might help ease the stress of the career or business transition for other introverts. Continue reading

10 Essential Resume Repairs

Bad ResumeIt’s a new era so stop making résumés like you’re applying to IBM of 1950. Here’s your checklist to get it right.

My career coaching clients often ask me to review their résumés. As a former hiring manager, I know what employers pay attention to (and what ends up in the trash) especially when they’re inundated with résumés.

Here’s what I find myself saying all the time about the résumés I review. Please use the following as a checklist and we’ll all be happier. Continue reading