Originally Posted by mommyshoppinghabit
I'm thinking about taking on some part time work now but my introversion has definitely not served me well in the career prospects. First of all, it's been seven years since my last job and I have not kept in touch w/anyone from any of the jobs that I have held. Heck, I don't keep in touch w/anyone except my immediate family. I know it's pretty easy to track people down in this day and age, but I feel so embarrassed to under the guise of just socializing when I'm really bad at that and really am doing it for a reference. My relationships with all my previous bosses never really end great either, not bad, just not great, again probably b/c they see me as being "cold" (one of my previous bosses actually went so far as to say that "other people told her" that I was cold). Soo, what are the job options for someone w/no references who doesn't need to earn a whole lot of money (say mabye $1000/month part time?), and really doesn't have a strong social network?
If you don't have any contacts and don't want to have to network, you might consider a temp agency. Some of them have jobs which become permanent. Or some people like the flexibility of temping. But it can also be difficult having different people to work for all the time.
I have not had a full time job I liked since I moved here in 1998. I quit working in 2003 when my DD was born. By then, I had gone to part time work for a homecare agency for seniors. (This was not a temp agency - it was a full-on senior care business.) It was non-medical care. I chose my own hours and I got to meet clients first to see if we were a good fit. I had 3 regular clients and then I subbed once in awhile.
I like old people so it was interesting because most of the contact was one on one with the clients, in their homes, just basically helping them out. Part of the job was actually keeping them company, but I usually let them talk a lot. A couple of them were really fascinating people with very interesting histories. It didn't pay a lot, but the hours were flexible. I've considered going back to doing this part time now that DD is older, but I am kind of nurtured out right now and I really want to be able to focus on my art.
About the "cold" comments: I also have had the comments about my personality. I worked in retail for awhile (very draining and I hated it) and was told I was too volatile - the phrase the manager used was "hot or cold" - to change to a position where I'd be out of sales and in display design. He didn't seem to get that the display position would've been so much easier for me to do consistently since I'd be doing something I enjoyed, had experience in and it had limited customer interactions. He didn't even tell me in his office, I had to keep hounding him and then he just blurted it out on the floor in a very accusatory tone. I felt like he'd attacked me personally. My brain locked up and I couldn't even tell him why
the other position would work for me because I could understand the hot/cold thing in regards to sales.
After that, I dropped to part time, then lost most of my hours and just quit. The place was not run well. They ended up going out of business. Guess it wasn't just me being too hot or cold......
In any case, I want to be an artist. But I hate schmoozing and all. I am still trying to figure out how important the business end of art is for me, or whether I should just do it because I love it and if stuff sells, then great. I'm leaning toward the latter for now, then if things take off, I could go from there.
I wonder if there are very many introverts who are successful in running their own businesses. Every time I read about business, it just seems like a ton of networking and I hate doing that.
Has anyone read any books that talked about introverts and business and how they make it work?