Leverage Your Strengths for an Effective Job Search

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
340 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2017
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Author Biography

An introvert herself, Gabriela has always been intuitive and curious. She learned logical thinking at an early stage, paving the path for the technical professions (engineering, IT, QA) during the first part of her career. With an MBA under her belt, she ended up making a full circle by turning toward coaching, which puts her intuition to good use. For over 10 years she helped professionals find more meaningful employment and advance their careers, and she shared her expertise in the Job Search book series.
By applying coaching to herself, and through a daily meditation practice, Gabriela's intuition has sharpened and her creativity has increased, leading also to artistic expressions. Through her Photo-Coaching book series, Gabriela invites the readers to improve their relationship with themselves and others by using a powerful combination of visuals (her photography) and self-coaching questions.
She is passionate about writing, self-improvement, and walking a path of heart. Gabriela finds strength in nature and loves intuitive painting, nature photography, outdoor activities, visiting sacred places, and . . . wearing that turquoise ski jacket! :-)
In 2020, she founded the Introverts Academy to help more introverts.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Introverts: Leverage Your Strengths for an Effective Job Search by Gabriela Casineanu is a book written for introverts by an introvert on tips and strategies for an effective and successful job search. The book is based on the premise, which is true, that the world thinks more highly of extroverts. This is likely true because extroverts tend to be naturally more communicative, personable, and friendly on first impression. However, introverts come up with their own set of skills which are missed and overlooked because of their inherent shyness and behavioral traits. Gabriela addresses the topic in this book, which is divided into several chapters, focusing in detail on goal setting, job search preparation, networking strategies, importance of social media in today’s world, effective communication, interview techniques, and what to do after one has landed a job.

Introverts is bound to be a helpful book for all job seekers. It contains tried and tested techniques plus some new ones along with specific emphasis on introverts and their point of view. I thought some of the content was generic and focused more on “what” to do rather than specifically “how” introverts should do it. For example, some of the networking tips such as conversation starters are nothing new, but introverts may need more help in figuring out how to take that first step and say that first word. Nevertheless, the clean writing style and content make this a useful read for anyone—introverts or not—looking to improve on their job search and job landing skills, and I would recommend it.

Jackie Johnson

Introverts often have difficulty selling themselves - and nowhere more than in a situation where they must sell their own skills and services, such as a job interview. This is where Ms. Casineanu can help introverts - or anyone who has difficulty promoting themselves -- to conduct themselves with confidence and be proud of the outcome.
While the book is directed to readers who are looking for work, this book is also a must-read for hiring managers, everyone in the H.R. department, life-skills counselors (charities, government agencies and high school counselors) and everyone who wants to know how to network with more confidence and success.
This book is detailed - it isn't intended to be a 'fast read' dispensing the same-old advice and easy answers. Instead, it takes a hard and serious look at a problem almost every adult will encounter in life: how do you sell yourself in a way that is honest, ethical and effective?
This book needs to be on every educator's, coach's, human resources manager's and entrepreneur's reference self. I'd also give it to any new grad or job-changer looking for how to put their best foot forward!

Sherry Bult

This book helped remove the fears of searching for a career not just a job. Even though I am not introverted I have family members that are, so I read this book to get some insight so I could encourage them in the right way. I learned a lot and even felt like I was being coached and reminded that a person can become whatever they want to be!

Kimberly Hobscheid

Great insights and insider tips from a seasoned professional. Looking forward to listening to the audio version!


I cannot get over the wealth of information on job search for introverts presented in this book, and the best part is that it comes from one of our own--an introvert! In this book, Gabriela shares very insightful lessons she learned from her own job searches as well as the job searches of her clients, as she is now a coach. She understands the specific hurdles introverts face while searching for a job (and in life in general), and she gives unique ways and inspiration to overcome things such as the fear of meeting new people, our hesitancy to talk about ourselves and self-promote, interview stress, and more. After reading this book, I feel like I have been given a secret key to success, so I can do things my way as an introvert while not stretching too far out of my comfort zone (or maybe more if I like!), and still be respected and even sought after for my skills. I would have gladly paid ten times the amount for what I learned from this book. If you are an introvert having trouble finding a job or even looking to change careers, I would definitely suggest reading this book before you do anything else. It will save you time, money, and stress!

Amazon Customer

The author helped thousands of unemployed people find jobs and advance their careers. She is an expert and it shows all throughout the book. I have friends and family who struggle to find fulfilling jobs because they aren't 'Go-getters,' and I've come across very talented and skilled employees who because of their shyness won't get the opportunities that others take for granted. This is a book that I will highly recommend to all of them.

This book will teach you how to align your short-term goal with your long-term objective. Even when you're in a job that does not give you much satisfaction right now, after reading "Introverts: Leverage Your Strengths' you'll be getting more satisfaction out of your current job whilst you learn how to work on your career plans.

I like this book very much. It is easy and enjoyable to read, comprehensive, laid out very clearly and a must-have for any introvert in the workforce.


Job Search For Introverts is exceptionally well written and thought out. From adjusting your current mindset, through the preparation process, all the way to effective job search strategies, this book has it all. The chapters are specifically geared toward introverts and incredibly detailed, containing tables and timeline suggestions to help the reader stay on track. My favorite chapter's got to be Chapter 12: Networking the Introverts Way. An introvert myself, I so appreciate all the outlined tips and suggestions within this book.

Alan McComas

What a great book for many young adults and some older ones as well. I'm buying this book for all of my children, nieces, and nephews. I wish I had this when I was younger and looking for a job. This is a must reference book for a lot of people that I know.

Usaghi Tsukino

This book is insanely good. While other books tackle things like resume, interview preparation and the like, this book addresses the core issues you are having trouble getting your dream job. It addresses how you feel about yourself and what you can bring to a company, which then you translate unconsciously in your speech and body language come the interview. It addresses what you want out of a job in order to be happy at it, and thus increasing your happiness level. It's job searching with a purpose, with a goal in mind, and science has proven people with goals are more likely to achieve them than those who do not. Plus, it has some job searching tips what I haven't read ANYWHERE. It's really unique and an amazing book. Feel free to chuck the other books, which regurgitate the same information with a different word sequence, in the bin.
Also, be ready to face some truths about yourself. This book opens your eyes as to what you think of yourself, and it can be tough to face that (it was for me).
Overall, solid 10.

Sheri F

I am not an introvert, however, I have friends, children, and siblings who are. I know it can be a struggle and they often feel ill suited for the everyday world where extroverts seem to set the norms. I will be giving this book to half a dozen people in the near future. I think they will LOVE to hear someone speaking their language!

Michelle Cornish

This book is very comprehensive. I was pleasantly surprised by the volume of knowledge contained within. I especially liked the templates and the section on Pain Letters. These are new to me but I see how they would be extremely effective! As an introvert who is going through a major career transition, I will definitely be referring back to these tips.


Picked up this book thinking I'd get a few job hunting tips. WOW - so much more! Through the book's exercises, I realized the reason I left so many jobs "to be home for my family" is because my chosen "career" was completely at odds with my strengths and values - and I just burned out within 2 years...every time. This book starts from finding out who you are and grows your enthusiasm from there - so you don't have to spend months and send hundreds of applications. You can use that time researching the type of job/company/environment that you'll be happy in - and be a natural fit for it. THANK YOU for this book!


This book is a treasure trove of information and inspiration for the introverted job seeker. Being an introvert and in the job market myself, I found that this book really resonates with my own inherent struggles in this process. The book is definitely high value and a must read for anyone in the job market, let alone introverts. Five stars!


This book was written by a professional who really knows her stuff. The author is obviously a very persistent and determined introverted personality who refuses to quit despite difficult circumstances. She was a new immigrant to Canada who had to overcome many of the language and cultural challenges that come with living in a new country. She proves that if she can do it, anyone can.
That accolade aside, the book is a comprehensive guide for introverts in overcoming obstacles in job searching. She goes through and beyond the basic strategies to help the shy person turn over the heavy stones that they will encounter. There are plenty of questionnaires and work sheets to help you formulate what direction you want to go, understanding your transferable skills, how to readjust your resume and cover letter to suit that particular job, navigating the HR process, and finding those secret jobs that are not advertised.
This book is relevant to new graduates and experienced professionals including managerial candidates.
If you are an introvert and you hate the job seeking process you need this book. If you are afraid to leave your unhappy job situation because you are afraid of new situations and changing your life again, buy this book. You need this. I'm buying a hard copy for someone who needs it.
This is a rare book in this field and is probably the best one on the market.

Louise VN Liebenberg

A very comprehensive book that is sure to become a market leader. Very useful even for extroverts, and for introverts not looking for a job. There is so much in it that hones one's focus, give direction, find inner strengths and help one look at the bigger picture.
This book is an amazing resource for job seekers, lecturers, life skills coaches and career advisers. It is a longish read, and comes with useful graphs and downloadable templates.
The writer's compassion and passion to empowers shines through as she guides and educates the reader into empowerment.
I am looking forward to the paperback release, as I think this book is worth having as a handy referral resource for my coaching clients, and as an introvert myself I am awaiting more books from this writer!

Dr. Marlena Corcoran

Introvert strengths include the patience to do careful research and a disposition to listen. I especially appreciated the way Gabriel Casineanu showed us how to mobilized the quiet virtues in various business situations. For example, in preparing for a job interview, what could be more useful than thoroughly researching the company, and paying close attention to clues in the interviewer's body language? This is likely to result in more thoughtful replies to what your interviewer really wants to know. Casineanu draws on a decade of experience to present a book that is itself an example of the introvert art: in well-structured presentations and at considerable length, she calms the understandably weary job seeker. A helpful and reassuring read!


Wow! I thought I will get this book for my teenager son who is about to apply to colleges this year. I thought he might be interested since talking to adults is not his thing. I went through it in my 9 hours flight to Europe and oh- what a surprise, he also left texting and dug in the book for about 2 hours. He started talking and asking questions! !!!! If you have a teenager you want to discuss important things with him about his career and not only get this book asap! Super helpful!


Highly actionable information on how to turn something as stressful as a job search, into a smooth and even fun process. I have learned to have more energy to hunt for the best opportunities for me, and I can present myself in a way that I'm comfortable with.

Roy Chan

If you are an introvert and lack the confidence you need to find a suitable job for yourself, you should get this yesterday!
The book is very illustrative and has very good insights to teach you how you should approach your career. I particularly like the graphical illustration and charts and all that good stuff! It makes the boring text alive, and more understandable. Very well researched materials.
You will definitely get your money's worth with this one. All the best in your job search!

Amazon Customer

Taken to heart, this is a book that will open your eyes to how you can create new opportunities. By changing your own approach and align it with the strengths of what it means to be introverted.

It is written with care, experience and research and stands out with pearls of details to help you to where you decide to go!

Andrei Rambas

The atmosphere created by this book, the calm yet optimistic and re-assuring tone, gives one the feeling that there's light at the end of the tunnel...I like the "wheel of life" the most... I've always found it difficult to sort through my thoughts and this helped me channel my wants and needs into clear goals. I also liked the idea of looking forward and adding intermediate steps between the job that I want and the one I can get now. I find it extremely efficient and helpful to put aside the fear of not being able to fulfill my potential.

I believe this book is helpful to everyone searching for a job or looking to upgrade his/her career.

Eb Sawaneh

As an introvert, I found this book very useful particularly on the topic of networking the introvert's way, chapter 10. It offers seven hacks that matter if you want to master networking. I wish I had this book at the beginning of my career.