Young professionals: four ways to boost your personal brand Current Affairs
As well as being a great employee with a strong CV, boosting your personal brand will keep you on the minds of all the best employers. Whether you are job-hunting or trying to progress in your chosen field, it can be really useful to go that extra mile. Here are some of the best ways.
Get yourself some business cards
Have you ever met someone at a networking event or conference who has ended the conversation with “Here, take my card”? It’s pretty slick, right? Having a stack of cards with your name, job title and contact details is a great way of giving the people you meet something tangible to remember you by, and the option of following up if needs be. It’s also a chance to get creative with how you want to communicate your brand. If your company doesn’t already provide business cards, you can get your own printed: helloprint is a good place to do this.
Get social-media savvy
There’s a lot of debate about how much—or little—social media should come into your professional life. At the very least, doing a quick comb through your feeds to check there’s nothing too off-putting to employers is a good idea. If you’re truly dedicated to the cause, you might want to follow a couple of industry accounts, or the social-media accounts of any companies you particularly admire. Many big companies post updates, articles and information about recruitment events on social media: make sure you’re the first to know!
LinkedIn, LinkedIn, LinkedIn…
If you’re not on LinkedIn already, now is the time to make your account. Unlike other social media sites, it’s specifically geared towards careers and job-hunting. Some people even find their future role because of their LinkedIn presence! The key is to ensure you post regularly and relevantly, and build up a strong online network of like-minded professionals. It’s the ultimate exercise in personal branding.
Get yourself out there
So, you’ve got your fresh stack of business cards and you’ve given your socials a professional makeover… what next? Time to get out there and network in real life. Whatever sector you’re in (or hoping to get into), there will be a variety of networking events, conferences, meet-ups and more. Ask your colleagues and check LinkedIn if in doubt. The more of these events you attend, the more recognisable you will become within your field.
So, there you have it—a guide to building a professional brand that will make you a strong player within your chosen industry. Best of luck
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British businesses desire employees able to speak a major European language, and there are signs of a shift toward languages such as Mandarin and Arabic too.
If you’ve ever considered leaving Britain for the sun-drenched shores of Australia, you’re in luck. The Australian government has announced that it plans to reduce the current ‘pass mark’ for Brits who are looking to move to Australia and obtain a working visa. Good call…
University is getting more and more expensive, but tuition fees aren’t the most immediate problem for the UK’s student population. Student living costs are the real slap in the face; so much so that the National Union of Students (NUS) claims more and more students are turning to prostitution to fund their studies.* While this may seem a little bit extreme, new research from Standard Life reveals the significant amount of money that students are currently forking out each month…
Apprentices are a happy lot. Modern apprenticeships have been on the rise for some time and the latest report from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills suggests that employers and apprentices on the whole are pretty chuffed with apprenticeships…
A-level results were published today, with over 396,000 students already accepted onto undergraduate degree courses. This is up 3% on the previous year.
The latest High Fliers report, which surveys the top graduate employers in the UK, has revealed that three quarters of the graduate vacancies at investment banks are filled by those who have already completed an internship or some form of work experience with the company. With many internship deadlines looming, there’s more reason than ever to fire off those applications…
Over half of 1500 first-year undergraduates admitted they became interested in a particular career through somebody they knew.
It has been announced today that OFFA, the Office for Fair Access, has approved ‘revised access agreements’ for 24 higher education institutions and one further education college in the UK. These changes do not affect current university students, but they will have an impact on the choices of A-level students who are planning to go to university in 2012…
A report has confirmed what we knew all along: it’s way easier to get on the career ladder if you’re well connected.
UCAS have analysed university applications and admissions since the announcement of the rise of tuition fees four years ago.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in AllAboutCareers’ hat…
Today (12 November) is the day where first year students are most likely to quit university.
Nearly a third of graduate interns are unpaid and it is estimated that each spend £926 a month to work for free.
How have you fared in the opening rounds of vacation scheme applications? ‘Could do better’? Not to worry, there’s still plenty of time left to get your applications submitted before the 31 January deadlines.
An analysis of 4000 business, political, media and public sector leaders has found that a disproportionate number have been educated at independent schools and Oxbridge.
Recent research has revealed that a flabbergasting 70% of students and graduates feel overwhelmed by the prospect of job hunting. Just 18% claim to be fully prepared when it comes to looking for that elusive first job after graduation.
A group of students in Manchester have had their games console, DVD player and speakers seized after complaints from residents.
Average advertised graduate salaries was £26,438 in October 2014 – a year-on-year increase of 15.7%. This places graduate jobs far ahead of any other sector in terms of their annual salary increase.
Video interviews are set to become more common graduate recruitment, as research has found that an increasing number are being asked to interview by video rather than face-to-face or over the phone.
The coalition government may have trebled undergraduate tuition fees to £9000 a year, but today dearest George Osbourne announced that a student loan system for postgraduate master’s degrees will be available from 2016-17.
Average salaries for graduates are £9,000 higher than non-graduates, with grads earning a median salary of £31,000.
The Labour Party and its bacon sandwich loving leader, Ed Miliband, look set to announce that they will ban unpaid internships if they win the next general election.
“What’s the cube root of 125?”
London universities are breaking the dominance of Oxford and Cambridge, according to official figures.
So that’s where all the jobs are…
National Apprenticeship Week kicks off today. We’ll be bringing you a series of informative, interesting and hopefully inspiring features and news stories to mark the occasion. But first: what is it all about?
Think applying for a graduate scheme means endless forms and impossible questions? Well think again, the graduate scheme at Havas Worldwide requires just140 little characters…
Students base their votes on “student issues”, and many are still angry that the Liberal Democrats failed to honour a promise to block a rise in tuition fees when the party entered into a coalition with the Conservatives five years ago. Does this mean the student voice will not be represented at the coming general election?
There were more than seven million Tweets about jobs in the last month alone. Clearly in demand as a tool for job-hunters, Twitter has announced the launch of its first-ever UK job fair, as part of a pan-European project aiming to make careers advice and information accessible to Twitter users across Europe.
They’re back! The toughest law topics return this year courtesy of Sweet & Maxwell’s Nutshells revision series with some fresh chapters voted for by your lovely selves to save you from your law exam woes! First up, it’s the first International Law nugget: Use of Force…
Vacation scheme applications are closing soon!
Over 100,000 mature students have been accepted into universities and colleges this year.
The College of Law has announced two new scholarships for students starting their BPTC course in 2012. Part of the aim of the scholarships is to encourage diversity in the Bar. So what do they involve and how can you get your mitts on one?
The end of the year is drawing close, the days are getting darker and there’s a chill in the air. Do you know what’ll warm the cockles of your heart? Our thermal predictor. Oh yes, every year we’ll wheel out our barometer to predict what’ll be hot or not next year…