Whether you are in your first year of college or university, or your last, it’s time to start thinking about your personal brand. Whether you are looking for your first summer job, or better yet preparing to graduate, you need to think about what your brand will be when you graduate. And yes, you do need to be thinking about your personal brand now. Here are 5 tips to get you started:
1. Think about what your dream job looks like
It is never too early to think about this and be sure to take courses that fit that view. Don’t be afraid to stray outside your faculty for courses. Think outside the box and how the new skills will help you get that dream job.
Everyone should volunteer. Not only does it build character and teach you how to work with people of different backgrounds, but it also enables you to test out what you learn in school. Be selective however. Don’t just volunteer for the sake of volunteering. Think again of the dream job and be passionate about what you do. Not only will it make the volunteering more enjoyable, but it will likely open more doors for you.
3. Take time for R&R
Sure you need to relax and restore, but that is not what I am suggesting. Instead be sure to read and research. This might sound like a strange thing to tell a student, but you need to stretch yourself. Be sure to read mainstream news each day. Research companies, people and trends that you are hearing about in the news.
In addition to R&R, be sure to contribute your comments, thoughts, ideas and even pose questions when reading blogs or news articles. This will not only help you learn more, but it will also begin to establish your name as someone who is knowledgeable and someone who contributes his or her own thoughts.
5. Think before You Post Online
I saved this one for last and not because it is the least important. Actually, it is just the opposite. When thinking about your personal brand, you need to think about everything that you say and do. You need to be consistent in all channels of your life. This is particularly important in your online persona. Remember every photo of you partying can and will come back to haunt you at some point. Every stupid comment you make will resurface. If possible, work with a professional to develop your LinkedIn profile. It might cost a few dollars, but it will be worth it when you outshine your competition.
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