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Where's a good place to work if you have social anxiety?

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I recently graduated from college, and now have to begin the dreaded job search. I've always had social anxiety, and rarely leave my house unless it's of extreme importance. (FYI, took me 6 years to finish school because I only signed up for online or night classes). I know I have to work, and just started Paxil for the social anxiety, but the idea of going in for an interview or having to work with people scares me! So I'm curious as to what others of you with social anxiety are doing for work. =)

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hi heights

i haven't been able to do it either, so I work at home. I do go to the trade shows but there are no bosses or co-workers other than my bus. partner and HB, and the paying public is audience- which works for my confident-performer self.

i guess psychotherapy is supposed to help with this, but not for me. i can't even consider the possibility of going to the anxiety workshops.

sorry i haven't offerred anything useful! good luck to you.

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My social anxiety is in check at the moment, but it hasn't always been. I've managed to do quite few food jobs that might sound terrifying to some people, like serving. You sort of get used to your work situation.

When my social anxiety was at it's worse, I had a clerical job where I did data entry. Even though the job involved a little more than some data entry jobs, it was boring as fuck, and I think it made my social anxiety even worse because I became used to being away from people.

I'm unemployed at the moment, and I do volunteer work which requires me to mostly sit in a cubicle and write things. My interactions are limited mainly to persons I see in the office regularly. It's not too bad. I'm currently seeking more clerical work, and just interviewed for a job that would only require me to interact with co-workers and not the general public. Pretty much a paper-pushing job.

Good luck on your search!

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If you know how to write, that's something you can do from home. If you're an artist, you can do that, too.

Here's some links to reputable (according to those on the TV talk shows I got them from) work-at-home companies:

http://www.alpineaccess.com/ - Call center services

http://www.liveops.com/ - Virtual call center

http://www.teamdoubleclick.com/

You can also look for jobs at these sites (try searching for jobs where you can "telecommute"):

http://www.careerbuilder.com/

http://www.flipdog.com/

http://www.freelancejobsearch.com/

http://www.getafreelancer.com/

http://www.grabajob.com/

http://www.guru.com/

http://www.jobopenings.net/

http://www.jobs.com/

http://www.monster.com/

http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/

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If you know how to write, that's something you can do from home. If you're an artist, you can do that, too.

Oh yeah, the Writer's Market and Illustrator's Market are good spots to look for potential leads, too.

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