I saw these tips on Dan Schawbel’s Personal Branding newsletter today and thought I’d share them:
Challenge yourself. If you feel comfortable doing your current job, then you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough. The more you challenge yourself, the more you can learn, grow, and become more valuable.
Stay relevant to stay employed. Get caught up on what’s going on in your industry. Subscribe to new blogs, news websites, and even magazines. This way, you will know the trends, resources, and new technologies that are shaping your industry. Your knowledge will help you do your job better.
Reach out to new people. Try to connect with at least one new person each day. By getting in this habit, you will start to grow your network, and thus have more opportunities. Make your life one giant networking event.
As important as it is to have a smartly written resume, no amount of finessing language can communicate your commitment to keeping your skills up to date if you haven’t been staying current. Take training courses when they’re offered by your employer or sign up for new educational opportunities whenever you get the chance, and make a point of learning and applying new skills. Then when it’s time to write the resume, you’ll have more to be proud of.