Take it from a self-proclaimed strategic job-hopper; career enlightenment is about achieving your goals in a sustainable way. That said, personal branding is at the core of an enlightened career.
Rest assured that today’s tough economic climate calls for an even greater focus on personal branding. During a time when businesses are looking for ways to cut costs, and when a large majority have recurred to laying-off staff, a strong personal brand is what will allow you – as an employee – to tip the scale in your favor. Make no mistake, a strong personal brand has the power to make employers look beyond cost and instead focus on quality.
By minding the following brand attributes, it’s possible for the ‘average Joe employee’ to reach career enlightenment.
An enlightened careerist is:
Genuine – A 100% commitment to being true to yourself will provide a solid foundation to your career. It will drive major aspects of your career such as your networking efforts, and your career goals and decisions. It is what will say to the world that your uniqueness is your strength.
Trustworthy – In the world of work, trust is a powerful currency. Being known as someone who delivers on their promises opens doors – even for someone who does not have all the skills or experience for a role. On the other hand, no amount of skills or experience will erase a tainted reputation. Building trust with employers, colleagues and clients takes time. On the other hand, breaking that hard-earned trust often takes very little. (who said the world was meant to be fair)
Solution-focused – Particularly during challenging times, it’s vital to not waste time on unproductive activities. Asking ‘what can I do?’ rather than finding out what happened is what delivers results. This requires implementing a zero whining policy and dropping the blame game.
Goal-oriented – Knowing what really matters to you will place you in the seat of power of your career. Not knowing leaves you exposed to being dragged by those who have goals of their own. Focusing on your goals is far from being inflexible. Rather, when you know where you want to go, it’s more likely that you’ll remain nimble and do what it takes to achieve your goals – even if that means changing courses and redefining your career.
Self-aware – Ignorance might be bliss – but little by little will lead you to miss out on opportunities for growth. On the other hand, knowledge gives you the option to improve those areas which aren’t quite right. As much as asking the right questions is key for staying in touch with yourself, answering honestly is as important.
Risk-favorable – Taking risks is a trampoline to bigger and better opportunities. Benefiting from risk is more a matter of reframing outcomes than of achieving the expected ones.
While you seek for career enlightenment, keep in mind that true enlightenment is at the intersection of knowledge and action.
What one thing will you do right now to get closer to your goals?
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