Creating a strong personal image for yourself establishes you as a natural leader and opens doors.

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Anyone can be a leader, because it is a mindset. View yourself as a leader and you’re on the path to success.

Personal branding is important for a number of reasons. It provides a clear focus for you and anyone who may be interested in hiring you. Establish yourself as a leader. It works wonders for open career doors. Here, a few tips on how to position yourself to land an opportunity you are passionate about.

Professional Social Media Profile

You will need a professional Linkedln, Facebook, and Twitter account. Make sure you current contact visible. Incomplete or out-of-date info is a red flag, as are gaps in employment.

Clean-Up Social Media
Be aware of your online image; you should Google yourself. Make sure your online image helps, not hurts, your job search. Many employers check profiles on popular online sites before making interviewing and hiring decisions.

Network and Work the Net

People move-up through networking. Networking means you interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional relationships. Be active; attend forums, conferences, seminars, and civic group gatherings and give out your business card freely. Seek to meet people of influence.

Don’t Be Picky

With the availability of top talent so limited, being too picky can actually hurt your opportunities. Taking a bridge job avoids gaps on your resume. Bridge jobs, i.e., temporary, part time, contract positions will keep you in the mix. Register with a staffing agency in your field.

Giving is Receiving
It is the energy behind the giving that matters. The law of cause and effect guarantees that you shall receive value for what you give. Volunteer with trade organizations as well as local charity or community outreach groups.

Always Be Honest

Act in good faith. Offers are regularly take away and revoked from people, because they’re not honest. You will be ask about your salary expectations, benefit package content, restrictions, etc. Don’t have any surprises hanging out there.

Never Talk Bad

One big turnoff is a bad attitude. When asked, never bad mouth past employer or employees—that’s a red flag. Say something nice or say nothing.

Send a Thank Note

Follow up and do not email. A simple note card can be powerful. Writing and mailing an unexpected note will make a huge and lasting impression.

In Summery

Take the job of finding the right opportunity seriously, but never take yourself too seriously. Take the time to think about how far you've come, and the journey that lies ahead. Business is a serious thing. However, life is a fun thing.