How to survive in the times of recession? The answer is Self Branding.
In big companies there are thousands of people working at any given point in time. Everyone finishes their work on time, works hard, meets the deadlines and strives to get ahead. But, these things will never make you different from others as everyone does the same more so in the recession. Everyone is focused on work and their career. So what is it that can differentiate you from the crowd – The answer is self branding.
In marketing, branding is the entire process involved in creating a unique name and image for a product (goods or services) in the consumers' mind, through advertising campaigns with a consistent theme. The aim of branding is to establish a significant and differentiated presence in the market.
You can apply the complicated definition above in the following simple way in order to brand yourself:
Unique name = your unique qualities or your talent
Product = you
Consumers = your boss or top management
Advertising campaigns = the ways or the strategy or the process you use to make yourself popular
Market = people at work
Self branding is a process of differentiating yourself from other people at work. It gives you a competitive edge over the others and thus enhances your chances for promotion and visibility in the long run.
Self branding involves finding out, enhancing and exposing your unique talent which makes you stand out in the crowd. This is special, your talent only you have this talent! It can be anything, the way you speak, your ability to build relationships and bridge interdepartmental gaps, your managerial qualities, your leadership qualities, innovative ways of doing tasks and more. Your qualities need to become more visible, the way to do this is to work with other people and to let them benefit from your qualities. There is no better way to spread a message than by letting other people experience it and get some gain from you. You unique qualities should add value to your company, your colleagues and you. After doing a self assessment and finding your unique talent if you feel that your talent is not that advanced then you need to hone your talent so that it can be truly beneficial.
Here are the steps for self branding:
1) Identify your unique qualities.
2) Enhance and develop your talent. If you feel that you need to sharpen your skills go for some training.
3) Spread awareness – Make others aware of your unique talent by using it to help people across the board.
4) Be Genuine and maintain professional relationships – Help people without bias and try to be a people person.
5) Give respect to everyone
6) Keep yourself open to others ideas and their unique ways so you’re constantly learning.
7) Showcase your talent and Increase visibility by participating in a lot of work and outside work activities.
Self branding does not happen in a day’s time, it is a long term process. Patience is the Keyword!
If you want to really assess yourself then you can take a test and ask your colleagues to tell you honestly what they feel about you. Urge them to be openly critical and prepare you for some hard hitting facts. If you find out facts that you feel are not in sync with your self image then you start working on the plan for self branding.
I hope this article was of some help to you. Go for self branding and see the difference.