Thursday, December 11, 2008

brand you

Here's are a few tips on building your personal brand and making yourself invaluable so your name doesn't become one on the layoff roster. For specifics on how to use social media to do this, read Dan Schawbel's full article on Mashable.
• The first people who get laid off are the ones that are not needed for business to be conducted. If the business depends on your services and expertise, then you will, more than likely, remain in your current position, despite the economic climate.

• When it comes to branding, you want to own a word or phrase in the minds of others. It’s also beneficial to be someone that gets called upon when a specific need arises.

• Those who are confident in their own abilities, skills, internal network and the future, will survive and thrive during a period of economic struggle. If you see an opportunity, go and grab it. You need to be branded as a go-getter so people trust you with more work and are assured of the outcome.

• If you have a loud enough voice and take a stand on a topic, you can be a brand that is spoken about by people you may not even know. These individuals might actually be able to pull you into a new opportunity at some point.

• Collect endorsements throughout your life like you would collect baseball cards. You are the chief marketing officer for the brand called you, but what others say about your brand is more impactful than what you say about yourself.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

great advice in times like this. I got laid off in May and about to embark on an new job (after many part time and freelance jobs in these last few months) next week and I'm so scared to be let go of again!