How To Raise Your Professional Profile as an Introvert

Mary Despe
4 min readJun 20, 2022
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Are you introverted and looking for ways to raise your professional profile?

You’re not alone.

Many introverts feel shy or uncomfortable when it comes to promoting themselves.

You may find that even after being in the workforce for a few years, this feeling doesn’t go away. It’s not enough to rely on doing your job well to get ahead.

Even though you know that promoting your skills and expertise is vital, you might feel a bit overwhelmed.

It can be difficult to know where to begin if you haven’t been actively sharing how you’re making an impact with others.

Diving right in to record a TikTok or doing your first Facebook Live might seem like a huge leap to take, let alone in conflict with your natural style.

How do you find the balance?

Here are four things to consider when developing a strategy that will raise your professional visibility:

  • Start small.

It’s okay to start raising more awareness about what you do and all that you’ve accomplished with a small step — after all, you have to start somewhere.

It’s easy to feel the pressure to come up with a slick presentation on social media, for example.

However, your effort might be as simple as asking to speak at your next team meeting, sharing what you learned with teammates about a recent conference or industry event you attended. Or, perhaps, you pre-emptively ask for a meeting with your manager that isn’t on the books to discuss what roles and areas interest you for your career growth.

  • Do what feels right.

In addition to taking that first step, realize you can promote your professional profile in ways that feel natural to you.

If posting videos about the latest award you received isn’t your thing, no worries — select a medium that captures your personality and voice effectively.

You might find that your strengths are best demonstrated through teamwork and group projects, so volunteering to lead or mentor others regularly will help draw attention to your skill.

  • Do what feels
Mary Despe

Mary Despe is a Hawaii-based recruiter & career coach. Golf, Dogs, Aloha… everyday. marydespe.com