self promotion http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9719/all en-US 3 Weird Ways People Get Promoted http://www.wisebread.com/3-weird-ways-people-get-promoted <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-weird-ways-people-get-promoted" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000064732223_Full.jpg" alt="business man selfie" title="business man selfie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are lots of ways to get promoted. Hard work, diligence, nepotism... But at some companies, not even having a relative in a senior position is worth much when it comes to climbing up the ranks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview?ref=seealso">12 Unique Ways to Score a Job Interview</a>)</p> <p>Read on for three of the quirkiest, most inventive promotion methods you've ever heard of. They're anything but run of the mill.</p> <h2>1. An Algorithm</h2> <p>Seven years ago a team of Google's senior-most data crunchers set out to create a mathematical equation to determine <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY8v-O5Buyc#t=151">who got promoted</a> and when. &quot;We wanted analytics to spit out our people decisions,&quot; says Google VP of People Analytics Prasad Setty. Previously, the company's top dogs would gather for several days at a hotel where they would scour performance reviews and ultimately hand out promotions to those employees they concluded were most deserving. It was an exhausting and time-consuming process, one that Google executives believed big data could accomplish more efficiently. And so the fate of thousands of employees was entrusted to an algorithm.</p> <p>Turns out, people didn't like that much. &quot;We thought that these people who lived in the world of search and ads algorithms all day long would love this,&quot; Setty says. But when the algorithm was presented to Google's hiring committees, they were completely unreceptive. They simply didn't think an algorithm could replace the consideration and care that goes into human resources decisions. And so, after much debate, Google executives agreed that people should make people decisions. Data still contributes to Google's promotions processes, but it's people that are at the reigns.</p> <p>It seems robots won't be taking over for human resources managers anytime soon.</p> <h2>2. Random Selection</h2> <p>Organizations would be more efficient if they promoted people at random. That's the counterintuitive conclusion arrived at by three Italian researchers who were awarded the 2010 Ig Nobel prize in management for their research. Their work is based on the <a href="http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.0455">Peter Principle</a>, the idea that merit-based promotion results in many people assuming positions that exceed their level of competency. To fix this problem, the researchers simply removed merit from the equation. What they found is that when people win promotions by lottery, the entire organization performs better. Yes, we know it sounds crazy, but these researchers did the math to back it up.</p> <p>What the Italians didn't consider, however, is the reaction of employees when informed by management that when it comes to future promotions, their hard work and accomplishments won't be considered. (We predict the scene would be something just short of the apocalypse.)</p> <h2>3. A Sense of Humor</h2> <p>Proteus International&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikaandersen/2013/05/06/want-to-get-a-promotion-be-funny/">weighs a person's sense of humor</a> when making hiring and promotion decisions, according to founding partner Erika Andersen. &quot;Last year we had two final candidates for an admin job in our company; both looked great on paper, and their phone interviews had been positive,&quot; she writes in an explainer on Forbes. &quot;We then had both candidates do an in-person 'inbox simulation' &mdash; in effect, a couple of hours doing tasks and interactions he or she would do on the job. So both people came into the office and spent a couple of hours with us. It quickly became very clear which person we wanted. A key difference: One candidate had a sense of humor, while the other was almost completely humorless.&quot;</p> <p>It wasn't that the chosen candidate told jokes; rather, she was quick-witted and funny in an understated sort of way. Andersen explains, &quot;When I said, 'You're a native New Yorker? I don't meet many of those,' she replied, 'Yeah, I know more people in New York who are from other countries than from other boroughs.'&quot; Nothing worthy of an SNL performance, but it's the kind of clever and light-hearted remark that makes a person generally pleasant to be around.</p> <p>As it turns out, humor is valued by executives far beyond the boardroom at Proteus International. A recent survey by Robert Half Finance found that 79% of chief financial officers believe an&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.roberthalffinance.com/humor-career-advice">employee's sense of humor</a>&nbsp;plays an important role in how well they fit in with the company's corporate culture. Many of those surveyed also said they believe a person with a sense of humor produces better work.</p> <p><em>What's the strangest way you've been promoted?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-weird-ways-people-get-promoted">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-steps-to-discovering-your-true-salary-potential">6 Simple Steps to Discovering Your True Salary Potential</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-worst-things-good-employees-do">The 8 Worst Things Good Employees Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-do-after-getting-a-raise">10 Things You Should Never Do After Getting a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/congratulations-on-your-promotion-or-maybe-not">Congratulations on Your Promotion… Or Maybe Not!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career">5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Further Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income marketing promotion raise self promotion Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:13 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1283631 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-seeker-480474317-small.jpg" alt="job seeker" title="job seeker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you ever think your dream job would be snatched away by a desperate grad with a viral gimmick? No. No you didn't.</p> <p>In today's society, we're more interested social media hacks than work experience. We'd rather follow a good speaker than a good leader. And we'd rather have an out-of-the-box thinker than someone who knows what he/she wants. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid?ref=seealso">10 Outdated Job Hunt Techniques to Avoid</a>)</p> <p>But don't worry, the same rules apply to you. If your previous job hunting strategies have failed, we've compiled an inspiring list of crazy stunts that landed real jobs for real people.</p> <h2>1. Billboard Lands Media Grad 60 Job Offers</h2> <p>By far the most publicized job stunt in recent memory is that of <a href="http://www.adampacitti.com/employadam.html">Adam Pacitti</a>, a college grad with a media production degree who found himself working as a coin exchanger at a video game arcade.</p> <p>After job applications failed, Adam decided enough was enough and of course, as any of us would have done, spent his last 500 pounds on a billboard. After being featured in literally every news source imaginable, Adam received over 60 solid job offers and went to work for award-winning production company KEO.</p> <p>What few people realize is that Adam put a whole lot more work in than simply buying a billboard. His spot in news media was only the result of a successful multi-platform social media campaign that went viral. Viral media always finds its way into the news these days, so his success shouldn't be a surprise.</p> <p>If that sounds like too much work, you'll love our next stunt.</p> <h2>2. Grad Student Suits Up, Hits the Metro, and Lands a Job</h2> <p>If you aren't one for all that social media nonsense, you'll love the story of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/10/graduate-handed-cvs-waterloo-station-dream-job_n_5795724.html">Alfred Ajani</a>. Alfred's marketing degree wasn't enough to land one of 300 positions he applied for, so he decided to go on the offensive.</p> <p>Armed with a suit and a stack of CVs, Alfred posted up at Waterloo station, collecting a few emails and business cards in the process.</p> <p>Oh but wait, that's actually not what landed him his job. Twitter took his post viral, where it caught the attention of recruitment company Asoria Group, who offered him a job via&hellip; LinkedIn.</p> <p>Looks like you're going to need those social media accounts after all.</p> <h2>3. Grad Lands Dream Job After Walking London Streets In a Sandwich Board</h2> <p>At this point, you're probably frantically following people on Twitter, preparing for your next job stunt. But just take a breather. It might be easier than you think.</p> <p>After making the unfortunate decision to get a history degree, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6221701/Graduate-uses-sandwich-board-to-find-job.html">David Rowe</a> found himself predictably jobless. Emboldened by a father-son debate, David strapped a sandwich board around his shoulders and advertised that he would work the first month free.</p> <p>He was then interviewed by recruiting firm Parkhouse Bell and ended up landing his dream job, which I'm assuming was in recruiting. We're guessing the firm saw his photo on Facebook, but it hasn't been confirmed, so you know... there might just be room for something more old fashioned.</p> <h2>4. Send QR Code Cupcakes to Editorial Teams</h2> <p>If public infamy isn't your cup of tea, what about something more direct and personable?</p> <p>Like cupcakes. Everybody loves cupcakes.</p> <p>Blogger and fashionista <a href="http://www.scarphelia.com/2013/06/act-six-scene-one-turning-great-ideas.html">Katie Oldham</a> decided to take her summer internship into her own hands with the help of a local bakery. Katie researched the editorial teams at her favorite publishing companies and delivered special batches of cupcakes with her website's QR code to their London offices.</p> <p>And it worked! She interned for Cosmopolitan, and her website is currently part of the Vice blogging network.</p> <h2>5. Home Brewed Beer Resumes</h2> <p>Nothing says work hard and party harder like a home-brewed batch of beer. What makes that beer even better? Resume covers of course.</p> <p>Brennan Gleason takes a distinguished spot on our list as being the only to pull off a successful job hunt stunt outside of the UK. Then again, he did it in Canada, so potato-patata.</p> <p>Brennan wanted to nab a sexy graphic design job, so what did he do? He designed custom resume covers for six-packs of beer he brewed himself.</p> <p>Let's see...</p> <ul> <li>Creativity&hellip; check.</li> <li>Graphic design skills&hellip; check.</li> <li>Free specialty beer for the office&hellip; CHECK!</li> </ul> <p>Surprise, surprise &mdash; <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/resume-on-beer-brennan-gleason_n_5534535.html">Brennan</a> was hired.</p> <h2>6. Wacky Website Campaign Turns Bakery Manager Into VP</h2> <p>Many of you are under the false impression that working successfully at your company will translate into a promotion.</p> <p>Not true!</p> <p>That VP spot just went to this guy. Despite seven tries, his CV tells us he hasn't been able to hold down a job for even one calendar year. But guess what!? He acted super wacky on video and a lot of people laughed, so he's qualified to be your boss!</p> <p>His name is <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/dad-dan-conways-wacky-job-hunting-2477515">Dan Conway</a>, but you can call him &quot;Yes, Sir.&quot; Dan launched a wacky website campaign consisting of him doing wacky things in order to find work and was eventually made a VP of marketing for a company I won't advertise.</p> <p>Apparently, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWffOEVI7IY#t=38">THIS</a> is what British marketing employers look for in their executives.</p> <h2>7. Grad Lands Social Media Manager Position by PMing a Stranger</h2> <p>What's the quickest way to land an interview? Find the owner's profile and hit them up with a private message.</p> <p>&hellip;Said no one ever. Unless you're <a href="http://mashable.com/2010/03/08/job-seeker-results/">David Cohen</a>. David knew a guy who knew a guy, and he randomly messaged that guy, who then interviewed him with another guy, and now David's their top social media guy.</p> <p>Sounds quaint. Perhaps you should try it. Just don't blame us if you get slapped with a restraining order.</p> <p><em>Have you ever tried to land a job with an outlandish stunt? What did you do &mdash; and did you get the job?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jacob-mcmillen">Jacob McMillen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor">6 Ways That Job You Hate Keeps You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting job search promotion resume self promotion Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:03 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1238130 at http://www.wisebread.com Get the Job You Want With the Right Professional Image http://www.wisebread.com/get-the-job-you-want-with-the-right-professional-image <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-the-job-you-want-with-the-right-professional-image" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/emotions-5077584-small.jpg" alt="face" title="face" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your professional image &mdash; your &quot;personal brand&quot; &mdash; combines all of your knowledge, talent, and experience into the public face of your professional persona. The most effective personal brand not only reflects the proper image, it also works across a variety of online forms as well as in person. But even the most carefully crafted personal brand can benefit from a little tweaking. Here ten ways to improve your professional image by improving your personal brand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-brag-about-yourself-to-employers-without-sounding-like-a-jerk?ref=seealso">How to Brag About Yourself</a>)</p> <h2>1. Emphasize Your Distinctive Traits</h2> <p>Your personal brand relies on being able to highlight what sets you apart from others in your field. What are some things that only you can do? Do you have any specialized knowledge? What new ideas have you come up with? How have you added your own touch to projects you've been involved in? What kind of lasting impression or influence have you had on previous employers and colleagues?</p> <p>This aspect of your personal brand is especially important for job seekers. An employer's number one question is, &quot;What makes you the best one for the job?&quot; Showing how your way of doing things has been successful in the past, and how your brand can benefit the employer in the future, is an effective way of answering that question.</p> <h2>2. Get a Website</h2> <p>A website can elevate your image and provide a home base for your brand. Paying for a <em>&quot;yourname.com&quot;</em> domain not only ensures you'll be at the top of the search results when people Google you, it also provides a more professional representation of your personal brand than a subdomain on a free hosting site.</p> <p>For most people, a simple site containing a short personal bio, your education and professional experience, and your contact information should suffice. Single-page site building tools such as <a href="https://www.strikingly.com/">Strikingly</a> work well for just this task, with the ability to populate the site with info from your Facebook profile and the inclusion of a personal-brand standard: a &quot;What I Believe In&quot; section. If you want something more substantial than splash pages, you can go with the myriad of website templates available on the web or hire a professional to create a unique site from scratch.</p> <h2>3. Blog the Talk</h2> <p>Blog posts allow you to discuss the areas of your expertise in more detail, provide insightful commentary or analysis of industry news and issues, and give additional opportunities to express your brand's personality. If you prefer a visual medium, you can upload short videos instead. To spread your brand even further, contact industry-related websites, blogs, and other publications to see if they are open to guest posts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-bloggers-make-money-what-every-non-blogger-should-know?ref=seealso">How Do Bloggers Make Money?</a>)</p> <h2>4. Get Passionate</h2> <p>It seems simple, but your brand should really be about doing something that you love. If you don't feel that your brand is a part of your very being, it'll be pretty difficult to sell it to anyone else. However, when your brand revolves around doing what you love, you project that passion and your brand feels authentic to others.</p> <p>Employers know passionate workers perform at a higher level and companies are keen to work with other business owners who share a passion for their work, so having passion as the foundation of your brand benefits job hunters, promotion seekers, and the self-employed alike. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100?ref=seealso">Make Your Dream Career a Reality for Under $100</a>)</p> <h2>5. Focus Group Your Friends</h2> <p>The best way to know if you're displaying the right image is to ask people who know you. Question friends and colleges about the impressions they have of you. If what they say doesn't match up with the brand you want to project, you'll need to figure out where you're going wrong and find ways to strengthen your weaker areas.</p> <h2>6. Dress the Part</h2> <p>When you visualize yourself at the top of your game, what are you wearing? Use that ideal representation of yourself as the basis for your professional wardrobe. Take it a step further by developing a signature style move that makes people think of you whenever they encounter it. Whether it's an affinity for chartreuse gemstones or your partiality for the Trinity knot in your ties, playing up your unique fashion sense helps you craft and solidify your brand's image. Don't forget to include it in your social media profile pictures. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-16-pieces-a-man-needs-in-his-wardrobe?ref=seealso">The Only 16 Pieces a Man's Wardrobe Needs</a>)</p> <h2>7. Optimize Your Social Media Profiles</h2> <p>LinkedIn and other professional networking profiles are a huge part of a successful brand, so make sure yours are completely filled out and up-to-date. Think of an eye-catching headline that succinctly describes your brand, such as &quot;Passionate personal finance consultant for working-class families.&quot; Use the site's groups and other networking features to connect with other professionals and organizations and bolster your standing as a player in your field. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-linkedin-profile-noticed-with-a-few-attention-grabbing-tweaks?ref=seealso">How to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed</a>)</p> <p>As for more socially-oriented sites such as Facebook and Twitter, fill out all the profile information that's relevant to your professional interests and hide everything else. Keep your pages fresh by making a few relevant posts every day, maybe passing along a particularly valuable article or pointing to your newest blog post or video. Use image-focused social media sites such as Instagram and Pinterest to share pictures and videos that relate to the image you want to project.</p> <h2>8. Create Business Cards</h2> <p>Although they're not quite a big deal as <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoIvd3zzu4Y">Patrick Bateman would have us believe</a>, business cards are still an important part of your personal brand. Even in the smartphone age, business cards are the best way to provide all of your vital information in face-to-face situations. To make your business cards better represent your brand, include your picture, a unique logo, or a short quote or tag line on the back of the card.</p> <h2>9. Show Off Your Accomplishments</h2> <p>A collection of your greatest hits tells potential employers or clients exactly what they'll be getting when they hire you and bolsters your image as you grow in your career. A physical portfolio that showcases your best graphic designs, articles, or grant proposals can provide a strong visual representation of your expertise and highlight your ability to deliver consistently. If you decide to have a website, you can include a digital version of your portfolio along with links to pieces you've published and projects you've worked on.</p> <h2>10. Demonstrate Consistency</h2> <p>This is the bit that ties your personal brand together. In the most general sense, all you need to do is perform in your own unique way time after time. This should be an easy task if your brand is a genuine representation of <em>you</em>.</p> <p>More specifically, make sure the information you provide is consistent across all of your branding materials, from your resume to your YouTube profile. This means using your signature colors, a uniform font, similar language, and creating the same general &quot;feel&quot; across all of your branding materials. The most effective personal brand is a cohesive one, so even little things like having your Twitter background match your Facebook cover photo matter. Regular blog or video posts are also a handy tool for demonstrating your consistency.</p> <p><em>Do you actively manage your brand? Manage it in comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lauren-treadwell">Lauren Treadwell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-the-job-you-want-with-the-right-professional-image">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-weird-ways-people-get-promoted">3 Weird Ways People Get Promoted</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-water-bottled-hype-part-2">Bottled Water, Bottled Hype Part 2</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-spot-a-social-media-snake-oil-salesperson">7 ways to spot a social media snake oil salesperson</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building branding marketing personal brand self promotion Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:48:21 +0000 Lauren Treadwell 1131914 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Brag About Yourself to Employers (Without Sounding Like a Jerk) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-brag-about-yourself-to-employers-without-sounding-like-a-jerk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-brag-about-yourself-to-employers-without-sounding-like-a-jerk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thumbs-up-5214552-small.jpg" alt="thumbs up" title="thumbs up" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you find it hard to talk positively about your work experiences when facing a potential employer? Are you shy or socially awkward, or did you just never get used to talking about yourself positively?</p> <p>I am totally with you there, my friend. I personally can't stand talking about my skills, work experience, or job qualifications because it feels like bragging. But even shy people need jobs, right? So we have to learn how to &quot;brag&quot; about ourselves. Here are five simple tricks for promoting yourself without feeling like a jerk. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso">Make a Good Impression at Your Next Interview</a>)</p> <h2>1. Start Online</h2> <p>Because so many first impressions are now made online, you can't overlook your online presence when trying to promote yourself. The benefit of your online portfolio is that it's much easier to brag about your work experience and skills, because you have time on your side. Think of it as pre-bragging.</p> <p>Make sure that your LinkedIn profile, professional and personal website, Etsy storefront, or other online profiles are affirming and industry-specific. Display your letters of recommendation, industry awards, publications (blogs, articles, presentations), volunteer experience, and group memberships like Rotary Club. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-linkedin-profile-noticed-with-a-few-attention-grabbing-tweaks?ref=seealso">Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed</a>)</p> <h2>2. Stay Honest</h2> <p>While it's important not to overlook your everyday responsibilities when building your resume, make sure not to exaggerate what you do or what you have accomplished. Nothing is more embarrassing than being caught in a self-promotional lie, so stick to the facts without downplaying your work.</p> <p>&quot;Stake a claim you can own,&quot; advises Jacob Hoehne, Chief Creative Officer for <a href="http://issimoproductions.com/">Issimo Productions</a>. &quot;Nothing sticks in your throat like a statement you only kind of believe. I still shy away from superlatives, but I focus on irrefutable facts like, 'We've done work for clients like Panasonic, Google, and Jiffy Lube' or 'Our video helped an online software company increase lead conversion by 7x.'&quot;</p> <h2>3. Develop a Persona</h2> <p>This trick is a little unorthodox, but it's one of the few that I have found to be truly effective, especially for phone interviews, which I struggle with. Using a persona is, essentially, acting.</p> <p>Here's what I do.</p> <p>I imagine the person that I want to be &mdash; not a totally new person, but a better version of me. This is the Me that I would like to send to my 20th high school reunion. Alternative Me is athletic, is well-respected as a high-powered marketing exec, is raising the perfect family, lives in an amazing condo in the Big City.</p> <p>Then, I pretend I'm Alternative Me. I imagine that I'm this high-powered woman, and all of a sudden, I feel a burst of confidence. I even have a photo of Alternative Me (OK, it's actually a photo of Kerry Washington, but whatever) that I look at during phone interviews to think of the kind of confidence that I want to project. And for me, this works. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-gain-more-confidence-today?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Be More Confident</a>)</p> <h2>4. Focus on the Team</h2> <p>For shy people, being forced to take the spotlight is difficult. After all, when you don't enjoy being the center of attention, singing a solo can be terrifying. But directing a chorus? That's a little less daunting. Changing the focus from &quot;Me&quot; to &quot;We&quot; can help you talk about your accomplishments.</p> <p>If you're not officially a manager, you can still give examples of how you took initiative and provided leadership. Fomenting collaboration is a skill in and of itself, but it also gives you the chance to talk about your success without directly saying &quot;I DID THIS!&quot;</p> <h2>5. Focus on the Value You Bring</h2> <p>As a potential employee or vendor, you offer skills and services that solve a problem for your employer or client. But if you feel uncomfortable saying &quot;I fixed this problem,&quot; change the focus of the sentence. Rather than talking about yourself, talk about the problems you fix and how you fix them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year?ref=seealso">How to Finally Get That Promotion</a>)</p> <p><a href="http://wokienwabueze.com/">Wokie Nwabueze</a> is a communication coach who helps women build the tools they need to promote themselves within their industry. &quot;I suggest focusing on the value they bring, problem they solve, and need they fulfill,&quot; she says. &quot;This approach takes self-promoting out of the 'me, me, me' realm.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Focus on how what you offer can transform someone's life or business,&quot; says Dr. Jennifer Howard, psychotherapist and author of <a href="http://yourultimatelifeplan.com/">Your Ultimate Life Plan</a>. &quot;Then promotion can feel more like offering to help someone than trying to sell them something.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;It's not really bragging at all, but letting those who could really use your products or services know why either would benefit them,&quot; explains Megan Peterson, a <a href="http://www.megansbeadeddesigns.com/">jewelry designer and entrepreneur</a> and self-described super-introverted woman who had to overcome her shyness in order to engage customers at shows.</p> <p>When you change the focus from you to the problem you can solve or the value you bring, it can be much easier to wax rhapsodic about your accomplishments.</p> <p><em>Are you shy? Have you found any tricks that help you promote yourself without feeling uncomfortable?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-brag-about-yourself-to-employers-without-sounding-like-a-jerk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired">This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-acing-an-interview">5 Tips to Acing An Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-the-job-you-want-with-the-right-professional-image">Get the Job You Want With the Right Professional Image</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Interview self promotion Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:48:30 +0000 Andrea Karim 1128930 at http://www.wisebread.com Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job_interview_0.jpg" alt="Job interview" title="Job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="138" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Does your resume work? Are you communicating how your professional capabilities and past experiences are relevant to the needs of hiring managers? Make these quick changes to convey why you are valuable in ways that other people can understand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stupid-things-to-put-in-your-cover-letter">Stupid Things to Put in&nbsp;Your Cover Letter</a>)</p> <h3>Focus on Targeted Industries, Companies, and Disciplines</h3> <p>Just as your job search should be targeted to specific industries, companies, and disciplines, the language in your resume should be geared to those who make hiring decisions in these fields. Very often, the culture of your current employer requires you to use certain terms, phrases, and acronyms that are unrecognizable outside of your workplace; as a result, reading your resume is like deciphering a foreign language.</p> <p>Fix whatever is confusing or misleading:</p> <ul> <li>Replace company lingo and buzzwords.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Update lists of customers, brands, vendors, etc. to include those relevant to your targeted industry. (This process may involve removing relatively unknown customers and inserting those that are widely recognized or giving broader descriptions such as &ldquo;a leading company in the outdoor gear industry&rdquo; or &ldquo;Fortune 500 corporations.&rdquo;)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Revise sentences that showcase accomplishments using industry-specific references. (For example, a manager of an industrial laundry could replace &ldquo;doubled pounds washed weekly&rdquo; with &quot;increased facility output by 100%.&rdquo;)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Reword job duties to resonate with hiring managers in your desired field. (For example, a salesperson who is trying to land a training position may &ldquo;educate customers on product attributes through hands-on instruction and formal presentations.&rdquo;)</li> </ul> <h3>Add the Obvious, Yet Essential</h3> <p>If you are rightly trying to be succinct and touting what makes you unique, you may leave out essential points. Certain tasks should be mentioned, even if they seem mundane. Reassure your readers that you can unhesitatingly handle duties such as:</p> <ul> <li>Staff supervision</li> <li>Budgeting</li> <li>Presentations</li> <li>Interdisciplinary collaborations</li> <li>Global travel</li> </ul> <p>For example, you can &quot;direct employees and manage recruitment, hiring, performance reviews, coaching, and career development...develop and administer annual operating budgets...deliver presentations to customers, employee groups, and vendors...collaborate with design, merchandising, sourcing, and logistics teams...travel throughout Europe and North America to visit customers, investigate new vendors, and research global trends.&quot;</p> <h3>Place Your Work Into Context by Quantifying Volumes and Dollar Values</h3> <p>The complexity of your accountabilities and the magnitude of your accomplishments can be revealed when you mention numbers. Quantify this type of information:</p> <ul> <li>Sales, percentage of sales growth, and new accounts opened.</li> <li>Presence worldwide (e.g., stores, distribution centers, visitor traffic, subscribers, countries with sales offices).</li> <li>Purchases to support daily operations or expended for capital projects.</li> <li>Employees supported or supervised directly.</li> </ul> <h3>Clarify the Confusing</h3> <p>Not every job or assignment fits neatly into a standard format. Quirky requests from your boss, unusual situations, and once-a-career opportunities boost your qualifications but are tricky to capture on a resume. Deviate from the established format to give clarification:</p> <ul> <li>Add specifics that convey your duties explicitly if a position involved performing tasks not typically associated with your job title. Place a descriptive title in parentheses next to the official title. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Elaborate on unconventional arrangements, such as an intense project that consumed a couple of years of your career or a major assignment that you handled in addition to your regular duties. (For example, under a heading of &ldquo;managed product launch concurrent with accounting duties,&rdquo; describe your success in marketing a new product.)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Streamline your employer's names, especially if your employer has been through mergers, acquisitions, etc. List the most recent or most prominent name rather than every variation.</li> </ul> <h3>Polish and Showcase Accomplishments</h3> <p>If you have been engrossed in day-to-day challenges, worked for tyrannical bosses who didn't acknowledge employee wins, or stayed at a single job over an extended period of time, you may not easily recognize and record major problems solved, value added, or results delivered. Reflect on your past and pump up your accomplishments:</p> <ul> <li>Send a visual signal that certain items are important. List accomplishments in bulleted form distinct from regular duties contained in a paragraph or add a heading for &quot;accomplishments.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Rephrase content about assignments that seemed ordinary at the time but, in hindsight, led to significant accomplishments. (For example, sales calls required to keep your job yielded &quot;7 new accounts and $2M in incremental sales.&rdquo;)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>List team achievements in addition to individual ones, as most are made possible in collaboration with other people. Introduce or conclude the accomplishment with &quot;contributed to&quot; or other appropriate wording to show your role.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Tout great things that happened during your tenure, even if everything did not go perfectly. (For example, showcase that you &ldquo;developed and executed a logistics plan for the 2010 holiday season that supported a sales increase of 30%&rdquo; even if you missed the company goal of reducing shipping costs.)</li> </ul> <h3>Move to the Next Level Professionally</h3> <p>If you are a recent grad, then you may struggle with getting rid of entries for jobs and activities that represented your identity just a few years ago and laid the foundation for your success. If you have been in the workforce for a while, you may have had compelling experiences that are no longer relevant to your career goals. Put your past into perspective by taking these actions:</p> <ul> <li>Update your professional and community activities to reflect current involvement.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Replace your objective with a professional profile indicating areas of expertise.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Streamline information on portfolio projects, interim jobs, part-time work, and internships to key points meaningful to your present career goals, rather than a full description of all activities.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Boost the visual impact of your real-world jobs by elaborating on most recent positions and accomplishments, especially if you are now working in your desired field.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Move your education to the bottom of your resume so that your more current experience is highlighted.</li> </ul> <h3>Improve Readability</h3> <p>Great content on your resume is crucial but information should be easily and quickly gleaned. Make these changes to improve readability:</p> <ul> <li>Adjust your font size to 11+ points and add white space by trimming words and widening margins. Expand content to two pages if necessary. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>However, if your resume has a few lines on a second page, trim to a single page by: <ul> <li>Eliminating articles such as &ldquo;a&rdquo; or &ldquo;the&rdquo;</li> <li>Placing titles, employer names, and dates on one line</li> <li>Putting contact info on one line</li> <li>Using actual numbers rather than spelling out details (5M, not &ldquo;five million&rdquo;)<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> </li> <li>Ditch the template, particularly the one that places your contact information in teeny-tiny font sizes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Consolidate <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-freelance-clients-part-one">freelance positions</a> rather than listing each assignment separately.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Eliminate repetitive information.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Reduce the number of fonts to one but use attributes (italics, bold, character spacing, all caps, etc.) to differentiate headings and sub-headings.<span>&nbsp; </span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Remove wording that reads like a job description.</li> </ul> <p><em>How have you changed your resume to improve job-search results?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fired-heres-how-to-keep-it-from-hurting-your-career">Fired? Here&#039;s How to Keep It From Hurting Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-women-dont-negotiate">Why Women Don&#039;t Negotiate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-pays-more-online-surveys-or-the-gig-economy">What Pays More: Online Surveys or the Gig Economy?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting changing jobs resumes self promotion Tue, 08 Nov 2011 10:24:37 +0000 Julie Rains 767524 at http://www.wisebread.com Women Are Responsible For Inequalities in the Workplace http://www.wisebread.com/women-are-responsible-for-inequalities-in-the-workplace <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/women-are-responsible-for-inequalities-in-the-workplace" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women in the workplace.jpg" alt="workplace" title="workplace" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="393" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoPlainText">It’s not news that women tend to hit glass ceilings in the workplace far sooner than men do. It’s also not news that women tend to earn less money than their male counterparts in exactly the same positions. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Is it possible though, women are actually partially responsible for these inequalities? Recent studies say yes. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">U.S. behavioral scientist and author Shannon L. Goodson has studied and compared tens of thousands of men and women from 34 different countries to figure out what is going on. She discovered that women are less likely to project themselves professionally (regardless of country or culture). </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Upon first blush, this shouldn’t be so bad; aren’t we taught that modesty is more attractive than blatant egotism? Isn’t it unladylike to be too forward? </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">But when we live in a world where (as Goodson confirmed) self-promotion is key to getting bigger salaries and better positions, it seems that feminine modesty is simply detrimental. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Here are some ways you can start to actively promote yourself without being looked upon as the “office bitch”:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Draw attention to your contributions</strong>, especially if they go above and beyond the original task assigned.</li> <li><strong>If you are proud of something you believe you do well, make sure the right people know about it</strong>. If they know that you enjoy a particular task or have a knack with it, you may find your job shifting to encompass more of it, utilizing your talents better and giving you more job satisfaction.</li> <li><strong>Participate in social and professional networking events</strong>, and <a href="/seven-ways-to-be-the-life-of-every-party" target="_blank">be sure to mingle</a>.<span>  </span></li> <li>If a task takes you less than the allotted time, be sure to bring it to your boss’s attention. </li> <li><strong>Make suggestions for how your skills might be better utilized</strong> if you feel you aren’t working up to your capabilities. Warning: don’t let your boss pile more work on…indicate that these suggestions are for future improvement of the company, and that these responsibilities warrant a new position or restructuring of your current position. </li> <li><strong>Ask for a raise</strong> if you feel you deserve it! The worst anybody can say is “no”. </li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Goodson’s studies reveal another possibly scarier fact: <em>female managers are not as supportive and encouraging of other women</em> as you may think. Those women who have made a leap to management and are on the fast track may actually sabotage the careers of other women under them. So if you are an employee working underneath one of these managers, be sure not to look to them for that maternal encouragement you may expect – in fact, watching your back may be sadly necessary. I have personal experience in this area; by expecting the woman across the desk from me to be kind and nurturing, I have botched interviews, become agitated in meetings, and even been bitten by office politics in unlikely ways. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">In many cases you can overcome workplace inequalities without having to change your behavior. Instead, a simple shift in attitude will do:</p> <ul> <li>Don’t expend energy worrying about outcomes…<strong>focus on the job, and show off the results in the end</strong>.</li> <li><strong>Eliminate stage fright from your vocabulary</strong>. Join <a href="http://www.toastmasters.org/" target="_blank">Toastmasters</a> if you need to become more comfortable presenting in front of groups - it&#39;s fun and incredibly helpful.  (And it&#39;s more of that social networking I was  talking about - you just may meet  your next manager there).</li> <li><strong>Don’t worry about being “intrusive”</strong> in opening up lines of communication with others (especially managers higher than you). </li> <li><strong>Don’t be intimidated.</strong> Women are more likely than men to be intimidated by wealthy people, and those in powerful positions. Remember – they are just people too. </li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">In this day and age, hard work alone is not enough to succeed and flourish in the workplace. Don’t be a martyr – get out there and self-promote! Only you can be your biggest cheerleader – nobody else will do it for you. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/women-are-responsible-for-inequalities-in-the-workplace">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-weird-ways-people-get-promoted">3 Weird Ways People Get Promoted</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-entry-level-jobs-with-surprisingly-high-salaries">12 Entry Level Jobs With Surprisingly High Salaries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-best-jobs-for-working-moms-and-dads">6 Best Jobs for Working Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-long-can-you-really-live-on-unemployment">How Long Can You Really Live on Unemployment?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income female salaries getting a raise glass ceiling self promotion women in the workplace workplace inequalities Thu, 04 Sep 2008 04:26:03 +0000 Nora Dunn 2398 at http://www.wisebread.com