How do you create an aura of professional relevance?
1. Monitor the attitude you project
Your attitude shows. Ensure it is the one you want to demonstrate. Your communication is 70% non-verbal, and if you are allowing your frustrations to project outwards, others will see it. Shift your conscious projection to the world. Move away from a sigh and slouched shoulders. Put on a smile, bring your shoulder blades together, breathe deep, and be more energetic in your steps. Eat and drink for health and to give you energy. Dress for work every day, even if you aren’t headed to work. Project a polished image. Show confidence even if you have to pretend.
2. Own your strengths.
With an economy that is continuously shifting, jobless is shameless. Let people know where you stand. “My division was outsourced, and I’m available to begin something new.” Or, “after my job ended, I went back to school, and now I’m looking forward to contributing new ideas to the right company.” OR, “I enjoyed the opportunity to be home with my children, and now that they are more independent I am ready to make an impact in the workplace.” Make a point to create a visibly positive attitude.
When you are unemployed, volunteer. The only difference between a paid position and a volunteer position is the money. Yes, money is important, but that volunteer position keeps your resume full and gives you an opportunity to offer your assets to a non-profit organization. It also demonstrates what you are interested in doing, paid or not. Volunteering may also lead to a job.
4. Connect with your industry
Local and online organizations, such as those on Meetup, keep you updated with local industry leaders. Professional online networks, such as LinkedIn, allow you to create a complete job-targeted profile for future employers. In fact, it is practically a requirement now to create a dynamic and complete profile on LinkedIn. Industry and networking groups are booming from the value they source through LinkedIn.
Set goals for meeting people and visiting new groups.
I know a couple professionals with amazing talents, and yet they hesitate to network. In job search, success is still in who you know. By leaving networking opportunities off the table, you do a huge disservice to yourself and to the employer that could really use your talents!
5. Be creative
Create a business card which stands out from the crowd. Be creative yet professional. Order inexpensive yet quality cards online from a place like Vistaprint (pay extra for thicker stock).
6. Focus on the other part of your life
Sometimes things happen when you least expect it. When you follow the ideas above, your next conversation may be with a local corporate executive, who could invite you to your next job interview.
Be a shining example of your own relevance, and others will want you to join them.
Leigh Harris has been a career and personal development coach for over 15 years. She finds satisfaction as a catalyst for career changers and life shifters.
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