Your whole life, you've been told you are a "people person." You smile at everyone and can talk to anyone, and social gatherings are your favorite pastime.
Indeed, you are no stranger to group interaction; in fact, you thrive on it. Your worst nightmare is sitting in a cubicle, talking to no one but yourself all day long, in a job that utilizes only your typing skills. So why let your fantastic people skills go to waste in a job where you can't be yourself or make use of your strengths?
So which jobs are best-suited for social butterflies? Here are 10 jobs that will accommodate your personality:*
1. Public relations specialist
Annual earnings: $41,549
Socially friendly because: Every day, PR folks interact with the media, whether it's responding to a request or accusation or simply making a public statement. They also establish and maintain relationships with clients, reach out to new ones and, depending on whom they work for, they act as the face and voice behind people and organizations.
2. School counselor
Annual earnings: $47,262
Socially friendly because: Their job depends on interaction with students, parents and other faculty. They need to be able to relate to students, whether it's discussing bad behaviors, academic conduct or more intense issues like sex education and drug awareness. On the same token, counselors need to maintain a healthy relationship with parents, approaching conversations about their children with honesty and tact.
Annual earnings: $48,840
Socially friendly because: Mediators are the neutral party in legal disputes for people who would rather settle their cases outside of court. You must be able to keep conversations amicable, listen attentively and keep your patience. Most importantly, it is your job to offer suggestions on how to settle a dispute, but it's up to the involved parties to resolve it. Therefore, you need to make sure you're communicating openly and honestly in order to do your job effectively.
4. School administrators, elementary and secondary school
Annual earnings: $74,092
Socially friendly because: You meet with parents and faculty to discuss educational activities, policies, and student behavioral or learning problems. In addition, when issues go beyond a teacher or school counselor, you must be able to advise students about personal, academic, vocational or behavioral issues.
5. Employee training director
Annual earnings: $84,145
Socially friendly because: Training directors not only develop and implement training programs for new employees at an organization, they also educate the trainers who instruct new workers directly. If they can't interact successfully with these trainers, you can bet the new employees won't be around for long.
Annual earnings: $34,457
Socially friendly because: Your sole responsibility is to engage with customers by demonstrating, sampling and explaining products to increase sales. Something tells us that you won't make it far if you can offer only a sweet smile and attractive face.
7. Instructional coordinators
Annual Earnings: $62,528
Socially friendly because: They need to be able to talk easily with educational committees and advisory groups to learn about certain subject areas and curriculum. Then, they need to know how to communicate that knowledge to others by conducting teacher training programs and conferences dealing with new classroom procedures, instructional materials and equipment, and teaching aids.
Annual earnings: $48,657
Socially friendly because: To be successful, recruiters must actively seek out candidates to fill job openings. Once they do, they must interview and screen applicants, as well as contact them to discuss employment possibilities, consideration and selection. Once they have a relationship with the job seeker, they also coach them on interview skills and about the company.
9. Employment interviewer
Annual earnings: $48,657
Socially friendly because: They're responsible for matching job applicants with the appropriate openings in companies, so interviewers better be a good judge of character. They need to use their people skills to detect genuinely strong candidates from those who just interview well.
10. Life coach
Annual earnings: $64,523
Socially friendly because: People from all walks of life, from desperate housewives to struggling careerists, are enlisting the help of life coaches to determine and achieve personal goals. Since most life coaches are self-employed, you can't be shy about getting your name out there; you must be able to successfully market yourself and your practices.
*As with all jobs, demand for these positions changes based on job-market needs.
Rachel Zupek is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.
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