How many of these have you read? Here we go again, but this time I am concentrating on those matters which have emerged over the last two to three years, that we often neglected or failed to use in the past; mainly it’s to do with new technology.
1. Get a professional email address.
Ditch the firstname.lastname@example.org. Now is the time to professionalise yourself, use your proper name or professional name.
2. Google yourself.
Sounds egotistic doesn’t it? But just in case you wrote something many years ago, and it raises its head to bite you in the foot, it is better to check what is out there on you in cyber space. Also while we are at it, blog your email address, telephone number and address as well, all these can leave a digital footprint exposing yourself to other information .
3. Add your email address to your CV or resume.
How many times do I see this omission?
4. Start blogging.
This is a free way of getting yourself known and building your profile.
5. Register on online job sites.
There are many: seek.com, TradeMe/jobs.co.nz, and also check out your local newspaper online listings.
6. Use social networking sites to your advantage.
Make a special professional Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo etc account specifically to your work environment, keep your personal social networks to your friends.
Join societies, organisations and clubs associated to your career. Check out the Yellow Pages and online directories to see what is available, then network with these people.
8. Specialize – Become a Subject Matter Expert.
A sophisticated society has many specialist roles, therefore, the more specialised you are or can become, the more expertise you can provide, and more value to an employer’s team. But don’t forget to be a generalist in all areas connected with your career.
9. Lead from your strengths.
If you know what you are good at, or above average, or just brilliant at … then move from that area first. If you are good at public speaking then use that as your primary form of accentuating your strengths.
10. Mitigate your weaknesses.
Similar to number nine. Play down your weaknesses. Avoid (especially in those first couple of meetings) those things that you are not so good at, or generally don’t like doing.