Self Branding

Author: Sophia Simon

self branding

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 yourself 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.

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Pleasure of Working with iPlace

Author- Sujata Koul/Sheena Kirkland

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An incredible experience that has been the best so far! iPlace provides a rostrum where everyone can share their knowledge and experience to lead the company towards its goal. Although, having a prior experience working as an HR executive with an IT training institute, I consider this as my first professional experience in the true sense. I have learnt the actual meaning of professionalism here. iPlace has offered me more than what I could have yearned for in my professional life and that too in just less than a year. I am delighted to be a part of such an esteemed organization.

Recruiting for various clients from different domains and business sectors is not that easy when you do not have any prior exposure to this field. However, the training, support and guidance provided at iPlace makes one feel comfortable and perform their best. And this is what is highly commendable at iPlace. People have the quest to perform well and for that, management never lacks in providing all the needed space to the concerned employee. What do you think is the most important asset for any business to thrive? I believe it has to be the employees and in order to retain them trust plays an important role. At iPlace i sense and feel that trust!

You cannot learn everything by listening to or watching some one doing it. You have to implement things on your own and while doing so you are prone to make mistakes. I have made many mistakes at iPlace and that too on a very critical client. Still i was trusted by the management and provided with a chance to prove myself. At present, the status of that client is stable and finally we are out of the ‘danger zone’.

Progress comes with time and every one grows in an organization. At iPlace i have felt that change and today i find myself with a high level of confidence, maturity and of course self esteem. If we go by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, at the bottom of the pyramid is physiological needs followed by safety at second level. At the third level is belongingness which is followed by self-esteem. At the fifth and top level of the pyramid is self-actualization. My experience here proves that iPlace is dedicated towards helping employees reach their individual goals. iPlace pushes each employee to find the top level of the pyramid by boosting their confidence.

What counts most is probably the money at the end of the day but let me assure you that iPlace makes it sure that justice is done to employees in this regard as well. I am contended and happy because what i carry along with me is truly precious. I have received an award which is undoubtedly a strong foundation for my career.

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