Promote Your Personal Brand

7 Key Ways To Promote Your Personal Brand

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By now, you understand finding the perfect job requires more than simply writing a resume and posting it online. In fact, if you are going to take the “apply online” approach, you should spend no more than two hours per week at it. Less than 5% of jobs are ever posted online, so if you are going to find your next job fast you need to spend your time elsewhere.

Related: What’s A Personal Brand And Why Do You Need One?

The successful and savvy job seeker will develop a compelling personal brand and spend 75% of their time (or more) promoting it. Here are seven key ways to promote your personal brand:

1. Buy Printed Business Cards

I am consistently shocked by the number of job seekers who have absolutely NO way of letting other people know how to contact them other than by shoving a resume in their face. And no, the ones you print at home on your own computer are NOT good enough! Business cards are inexpensive. Sometimes you can even get free business cards from places like Prints Made Easy or free shipping from stores like Office Max.

As for what to put on your card? I recommend the minimalist approach. Put your name, e-mail address, phone, and LinkedIn profile address. You don’t need a title or a cute picture. Get a non-glossy finish and leave the back empty so people can jot down notes about you.

When you’re done reading this article, learn the three rules to smart business card etiquette.

2. Develop A Concise Elevator Pitch

Give just enough information to make people want to ask you to tell them more. Don’t focus on your past, instead focus on your future. Nobody cares you have 15 years experience in micro-processors. They want to know what you can do for THEM now! Be memorable, but not flippant or “cutesy.”

Lastly, rehearse it at least 100 times out loud BEFORE you use it in a group. You want it to be polished, but not too formulaic.

3. Show Up

You have business cards and a concise elevator pitch, but what good are they if you sit all day at the computer? Plan a strategy to show up in places where your target audience is (i.e. potential employers in key companies within your target industries) or where the people who know them will be.

4. Listen And Build Trust

Networking is NOT about you. It’s about building a relationship. It’s about helping people in your network of friends and colleagues connect for mutual benefit. It’s about finding out what someone else needs and helping them.

5. Complete Your LinkedIn Profile

This is one of the most important online tools you will have. A great resource for learning more about how to beef up your LinkedIn account is from Joshua Waldman with Career Enlightenment. Check him out. He’s is THE premiere professional on this topic!

6. Follow Up

Develop a press kit you can send if asked. Better yet, create a blog (I like WordPress). Online you can store video clips, PDF files, work examples and much more.

7. Send A Thank You Card

Every career coach from here to Katmandu tells their clients to do this. It’s an inexpensive way to keep you on the top of someone’s mind. Personal, handwritten cards get past the usual gatekeepers and are absolutely read by their intended recipient.

If these things are true, then why is it so few job seekers actually do it?! I must meet with 10-15 people per week. You would think my mailman and I would be on a first name basis after that. The reality is, only about 1 in 100 send a written thank you card.

Does it make an impression?

You bet it does!

True, I don’t have any job openings. However, I do get calls and emails all the time from people who have openings. If I have a handwritten thank you note on my desk from YOU when I get the call, how much more likely do you think I will be to pass along your name to a prospective employer?

Keep thank you notes and stamps at your desk within arms reach, and write thank you notes to everyone you talked to that day – in person or on the phone.

Do this every night before you go to bed!

Include another business card along with a note as to how much you appreciated their time. Trust me, it will make a HUGE difference!

I hope you can see these things aren’t difficult. They aren’t hard to remember. They don’t require an advanced degree to implement. They are easy, and there are only seven of them. You can implement this strategy in just one week by doing just one each day.

Have fun, and happy hunting!

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Sean Harry

For over 20 years Sean Harry has been successful at helping train and motivate people to find what’s important in life and develop a strategy to achieve it. He accomplishes that even in this competitive job market.

5 comments

  1. Great article, thank you for sharing! I agree with all of the items, especially the written thank you. My son applied for an internship for this summer, following his freshman year. I helped him with the interview process because it was extremely competitive. I encouraged him to write a thank you to the interviewers and he did it. They said he was the only one that did and he got the internship! Just do it, it works!

  2. Wonderful article – you offer some great advice, I particularly like the ‘Thank You Note’ so simple and yet such a memorable gesture.

    I would add one step further and that is to develop your own owned premium word press website which you can get easily set up at http://www.yourpersonalbrandname.com . Your own site is the home of your online brand and you will use it for the life of your career. It will grow and change as you do and given the current Professional Contract Employment as standard practice, it is wise to have this in place early on in your career.

    I will be sharing you article many thanks.

  3. Of all the ideas I think #4 (Listen and build trust) is the most crucial, and most under-ulitized personal branding strategy. In my experience people network all wrong for the reason Sean says…they approach a networking opportunity as a way for them to “get something for themselves”, such as a job opportunity. Of course your ultimate goal may still be to get a job, but the pathway is often not direct “line-of-sight”. When a job seeker starts to look at their network as an asset (not a tool), the thinking changes. As asset grows over time and spins off dividends, at least a good asset does. So by entering the “networking zone” by asking for advice and opinions, and sharing advice and opinions, you are expanding your network, and increasing your “footprint” among people who likely have contacts that can help you achieve your ultimate goal, such as get a job opportunity. Most people treat a network as a “tool” to be used once or twice to solve a specific task (such as find a job), and then neglected. I call that “exploiting your network”. And when you fail to find a job after tapping your existing network of contacts, where do you go? So my advice is to always be asking people for advice, opinions and information, which logially leads to asking them for additional contacts you can talk to. rinse and repeat. Sooner than you think you will bump into someone with a job opportunity. I am a hiring manager and have coached hundreds on career and job search, and this is the single best piece of advice I can give job hunters

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