Creating and maintaining a unique personal brand is the first step in advancing your career.
Have you worked on your brand lately? Whether you're looking for a new job or simply want to advance at your current position, creating and maintaining a unique personal brand for yourself is the key to moving your career forward. If you haven't taken the time to brand and market yourself as a professional yet, there's no better time than New Year's resolution season to start.
"For millennials and established employees alike, the New Year brings an opportunity to re-evaluate your long-term career goals and how to accomplish them," said Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group staffing firm. "Dedicate 2014 to branding yourself and improving your career path."
Moran offered five easy ways to better brand yourself and boost your career in the year ahead: [The Secret to Career Success: Branding Yourself]
Commit to networking. Just because you have a current job that you are satisfied with doesn't mean you shouldn't keep networking. It's a great way to meet people who you could potentially work with down the line, or collaborate with for a current project. You never know who you'll bump into at industry events.
Continue learning. Plenty of training programs and professional classes are available to help career-driven individuals expand their knowledge. Take a class that will help add a skill to your resume or a management class that can boost the education section of your resume.
Be open to new opportunities. If a recruiter or friend reaches out about a potential opportunity, don't immediately brush it off. Do some research on the company or project and remember that just because it's easier and more comfortable to stay at your current position, that isn't always the best option.
Identify a mentor. Make a connection with at least one person who has the professional success you admire. You'll have a go-to person with industry insight and an outline of the path to career success. You don't have to follow that person's path exactly, but it will help with paving a tentative plan.
Set goals. If you're interested in moving up in your current workplace, set a list of goals that will help you achieve your next promotion or raise. Conversely, if you're looking to obtain a new job or switch careers entirely, outline concrete steps that can facilitate the move, and commit to completing one step every month.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.