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What are YOU doing to market yourself?
February 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm #153757
How are you marketing yourself? Rather than relying on others to promote you and provide opportunities, why not be proactive and carve out opportunities for yourself?!
In today’s economic environment and culture, it is pretty overwhelming when you start thinking about a stable career, a future, or even where your job experiences may take you! With that being said, it is best to tackle this topic in a calculated and systematic way. I personally have to report my daily activities to my supervisor, and as fate would have it, I use these inputs to track what I am doing in my career. My goal is that at some point I will incorporate these bullets into my resume somehow, and use them to advance in my career field. In addition to that, I market myself in a variety of ways: I update my social media pages with content relevant to my job. I surround myself with other working professionals in multiple fields. And I make sure I treat all of my contacts as if they were customers. All of these practices amount to my best effort at effectively marketing myself for something greater than I currently have. No one wants to be in the same place five years from now, so how are you marketing yourselves? Do you have any tips for young professionals/leaders to achieve success in professionally marketing themselves for either a better position in their current workplace or in a new one?
February 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm #153769
It’s probably pretty naive, but i believe hard work = opportunities. That’s probably not the case these days so I’m also interested to hear how people market themselves. I’m terrible at giving my supervisor inputs on the work I’ve done… I hate to brag!
February 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm #153767
I’m with Scott. Hard work pays off, don’t brag, stay humble and people will recognize your contributions. Here are a few things off the top of my head:
Bottom line: be ready for that interview when the day comes that you have to actually market yourself. It’s a lot easier if you are prepared.
- Get a higher degree.
- Take any and all training that you can.
- Get involved in career related organizations and events outside of the workplace.
Also, times have changed. Are we not bragging a little bit with our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GovLoop, etc. etc. profiles? I think it’s a must though. Employers have pages on these social media sites, you should be well versed and just as involved.
February 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm #153765
Dorothy Ramienski AmatucciParticipant
I am currently getting my Master’s … but I also like going to Meetups and meeting new people. I generally try to go to one or two a month. I also keep my LinkedIn account current. I like communicating via Twitter, as well. I think being well-read is also a must in today’s day and age. So many topics intersect!
February 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm #153763
In many respects, I agree with you Scott. Working hard and staying humble is a sure way to get noticed and gain favor with any levels of leadership. Once inserted into a working environment, I believe this to be the best way forward. In regard to preparing yourself and marketing yourself outside of the working environment, things start to change. When surrounded by swarms of working professionals, all that hard work in the office and humility does not get noticed in the same fashion. I can’t stand bragging either, but it seems to be an art form. I have found myself impressed with people who seemingly never talk highly of themselves, yet I am aware of many great things they have done. I would love to learn how to artfully convey those impressions.
February 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm #153761
This is a great way of thinking, I definitely agree. Much like Scott’s input, I feel the same here about hard work and humility.
I am in pure belief that you have to be ready for that next interview; that next opportunity. Social media has definitely enabled some forms of bragging and self expression. It is a convenient way to document your life’s accomplishments both in and out of the workplace. Definitely a must Mike, I completely agree. The better people become at leveraging these online resources, the better prepared and more involved we will be.
February 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm #153759
It is truly an intricate web we all weave. All facets seemingly intersect, and finding those integration tools are so important. May I introduce; Social media outlets! What a great way to integrate all of your work, networks, and life together. Kudos to you for pursuing your Master’s degree. What better way to demonstrate your commitment to excellence than working towards an educational achievement such as this! All are great ways to keep doors open, and prepare yourself for life’s opportunities.
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