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Choosing a career is a tough call. There is a multitude of factors to consider while narrowing down your options. Having the required skills, education or experience is not always enough. If the “big quit” has taught us anything, it is that there should be a synergy between the person and the work they do. Our personalities play a vital role in our fit for a certain job role.
Do you find it easy to strike up and hold a conversation with most people? Does working with people and social engagements energize you? If yes, then you are a prime example of an extroverted personality. A typical description of an extrovert may be as follows:
- Someone who likes being in social places
- Someone who doesn’t prefer to be alone for longer periods
- Someone who is at their best when around people
- Someone who has a large network
- Someone who talk it out when facing a problem
- Someone who is outgoing
- Someone who has a childlike optimism
Extroverts typically possess some of the below skills:
- Strong communication skills
- Relationship management
- Social skills
In a recent study conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, oral communication is the top skill that employers look for in new hires. However, this doesn’t mean that extroverts will naturally flourish in any job. Nevertheless, there are certain roles where people with strong oral communication, a social personality, and an open lifestyle may be more suitable. With this in mind, we have prepared a list of 8 jobs that are perfect for people with extroverted personalities:
1) Public Relations Specialist
As the name symbolizes, the person holding the position of public relations specialist is responsible for a company’s face to the public, which includes but isn’t limited to:
- Acting as spokesperson for the company
- Preparing press release statements
- Getting the word out on any development involving the company name timely
- Maintaining a positive image of the brand among investors and clients
- Coordinating and working with other departments like marketing and product, to ensure brand integrity
Public relations specialists need to be expert communicators with extroverted personalities. They are required to be good public speakers with a certain level of discretion and have good social skills. A good public relations specialist is comfortable with being in the spotlight and is good at thinking on their feet. Public relations jobs require a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, or Marketing. More details about the pay and trends in public relations jobs can be found on the U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics webpage.
2) Event Planner
Extroverted people are often considered to be the life of the party, and organizing one is also their forté. An event planner is a professional who plans and organizes events for their clients that bring people together. These may include social events like parties, marriages, and other social gatherings or formal events such as business conferences, exhibitions, or science symposiums. One of the key benefits of this profession is scalability and mobility, events take place everywhere in the world at every scale possible.
As an event planner, one is responsible for assisting the client throughout the process of planning and organizing, coordinating with vendors for supplies, and managing the guest list and operations for smooth execution. While this career is suited for extroverted people, one should also be able to handle stressful situations with ease and composure, as it is a fast-paced industry.
3) Sales Rep and Service Rep
A sales representative helps in selling the products or services on behalf of a manufacturer, wholesaler, or service provider. The role involves closing the deal, building a strong rapport with new and regular clients, delivering on commitments on time, and ensuring satisfaction throughout the customer journey. Service representatives, on the other hand, handle the after-sales service to the client on behalf of the manufacturer, wholesaler, or service provider. Their role involves listening to the issues of the client and registering them, offering solutions as per company policy, delivering the service to clients, and ensuring customer satisfaction throughout the customer journey.
Both roles involve engaging in oral communication with the customer on a daily basis. Depending on the market share of the company, the number of customers can be between tens to hundreds every day. A good product or quality service can be let down if the customer’s experience is not satisfactory. An extrovert and expert communicator will fit right into this role and if sales or service delivery are their suit, it would be icing on the cake. There are numerous other skills that help in building a career in sales.
A social media manager manages the online presence of the company through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin. The role is similar to public relations specialists, but a social media manager only interacts through social media platforms instead of news outlets. Oral communication is not a necessary skill to succeed as a social media manager as their interpersonal interactions are limited. However, they are required to interact with the audience regularly, write and compose posts, and maintain a positive online presence of the company.
They are “digital extroverts” who openly share their lives online creatively which is exactly what brands want. Witty puns, funny memes, quirky GIFs, and good-humored Twitter battles with competitors attract consumer attention on social media platforms. Along with an engaging and positive online presence, social media managers also work with marketing teams. They combine their expertise with the online customer engagement metrics to bring more attention to the brand while marketing their products and services online. Some other key skills for social media managers include analytical, project management, and designing.
5) Hospitality Customer Service
The hospitality industry is a subset of the service industry that caters to leisure activities and services. It involves working at leisure venues and events such as hotels, spas, restaurants, pubs or bars, theme parks, travel, tourism, etc. Since it involves travel & tourism, some employees live and work in vacation-worthy locations, making the most of the flexibility to work and travel at the same time.
Working in the hospitality sector can be fun and exciting, but it involves extensive interpersonal communication with the staff and customers while smoothly running operations at the venue. Therefore, it is a well-suited profession for extroverted personalities and good communicators. The average hourly earning in leisure and hospitality is USD 20. Apart from excellent communication skills, additional skills like attention to detail, budgeting, and strategic planning are required to improve your resume for hospitality jobs.
6) Health Care Provider
Healthcare workers combine their desire to help and heal people with their social personality to comfort their patients. There are roles in the healthcare industry that involve interactions with patients and their families. These jobs include:
- Attending physicians and specialists
- The front office staff
Professionals in these roles should be comfortable with communicating with others. Additionally, like expert communicators, they should be clear, precise, and empathetic in their tone. But the most important quality required to work in healthcare is empathy and compassion, combined with expert communication skills to gain the trust of their patients. Other skills important for working in healthcare include:
- Caring for people
- Information technology
- People skills
- Organizing and managing
- Practical skills and trades
- Knowledge of science and technology
The qualification required for working in healthcare is different for different countries but degree-level education and extensive training is required in most cases. The average income for healthcare workers in the USA starts from $27,000 and goes all the way up to $200,000+ for surgeons. For the UK, the average income starts from £18,000 and goes up to £100,00+ in the NHS.
If you dream about working for people, bringing a change, and improving the lives of communities, then politics might be the right profession for you. Politicians work with the people and for the people. One needs to be a strong orator, persuasive and convincing to win the trust of people. However, to succeed as a politician, soft skills alone are not enough. An individual must possess skills like integrity, honesty, and determination among many others.
Social workers work for the benefit of communities and people in various settings and contexts. In addition to being empathetic, they need to be very comfortable striking up a conversation with strangers, comforting people through their words, and gaining people’s trust and attention without extreme effort. All the qualities are usually associated with an extroverted personality. According to Forbes the average annual earning for social and community managers could be around $58,000.
Do you often find yourself giving advice or have a strong desire to counsel or advise people? If yes, then coaching might be your profession. A coach helps their clients improve certain aspects of their skill set or personalities. A quick search can bring up results on coaching programs of many kinds. Limiting to the workplace requirements, there are 8 types of coaching as identified by Inc.com:
- Personal coach
- Accountability coach
- Career coach
- Executive coach
- Leadership coach
- Strategic coach
- Team coach
- Specialty coaches
In 2019, the coaching industry was estimated to be worth $15 billion, out of which the US market alone comprised $7.5 billion. The global coaching market is expected to reach $20 billion in market value. To enter the coaching industry, one needs to be an expert in a field or skill and share their knowledge with others. Check International Coaching Federation to become a certified coach and learn about coaching techniques.
We understand choosing your target industry and dream role can be challenging. Hence, we strongly suggest identifying your interests & strengths and exploring different role types that align with them. If you believe yourself to be an extrovert, consider exploring the roles mentioned in this list. If you need any support identifying your dream career, we would be more than happy to help.