Discover Who You Are and What Are Your Values
If you are looking to build a personal brand that precisely shows your personal and professional identity, then you have to discover who you are and what are your values. Be creative and think “outside of the box”, and create a list of your own skill sets and weaknesses.
- Write a Blog – Just about everyone has a blog these days. However, a well put together blog focused on your area of expertise is another good addition to your professional branding package.
- Create a Online Presence – To create a online presence you can start by commenting on other people’s blogs, write some blogs yourself, go to conference meetings, seminars, and events, and make contacts in your field. Be sure that all your content is focused and relevant to both your skills and your career goals.
- Build a Website – Consider a website to create and show off your brand.There are many web building tools and it’s never been easier to build a site that reflects your professional presence.
- Get Your Name Out There – Try to meet, either online or in-person, the important people in your field. Send them an email or a message via their website or networking profile. Over the years, I’ve met lots of the important people in the world of job searching and careers, many of them because I sent them a quick email introducing myself or vice versa.
- Volunteer – If you have time and if there’s a way to volunteer in a capacity where you can use your skills and expertise, volunteering is another way to gain exposure as an expert in your career field. It’s a good resume building tool, as well.
Don’t Stop Working
Building your brand isn’t a one shot deal. It takes time to build a solid presence and should be an ongoing endeavor. Keep your profiles up-to-date, stay in touch with your contacts, build and maintain your network, and work on your branding on a regular basis.