As an introvert myself, I understand it can be difficult putting yourself out there and meeting new people. I get nervous every time I have to make a phone call or meet with someone I don't know. However, learning to put that anxiety aside has really helped my networking and job search, and I hope these tips can help you, too!
1. Take a deep breath!
The most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Being relaxed will help you be able to focus on what you need to focus on.
2. Take things one at a time
You don't want to overwhelm yourself and get too carried away. It's okay to only reach out to one person at a time or not attend huge, crowded events. You need to get out there, but doing so too quickly might make things worse.
3. Use a firm handshake
A good handshake can really set the mood and impress the employer. It shows that you're professional and are ready to succeed!
4. Don't be closed off with your body language
Along with a good handshake, body language is really going to tell the other person how you're feeling. As an introvert, I know it can be easy to keep your arms crossed and want to feel closed off. However, it is important to keep your body open so the other person feels more welcomed and you come off as friendlier.
Knowing what you're getting into beforehand can only set you up for success, making you feel more confident and knowledgeable.
6. Don't be afraid to have questions
It's actually good to have questions and will show you are prepared. You also do not want to go home and later be worrying about the questions you could've asked.
7. Search online
If you feel like you absolutely cannot go out to network and meet people, researching online and sending emails is a good start. It is still getting yourself out there.
8. Be confident and don't overthink!
While this may be easier said than done, overthinking is a huge part of the problem we introverts have. We are constantly worrying about what other people may be thinking or how we are doing. If you just do what you need to do and let those worries go, you will feel much more confident!
9. Don't be afraid to try new things
With a lot of the chances I've taken and things I've tried, I met people who knew other people. This really helps get yourself out there, and you never know what could come from it!