Did you know that your personality can have a big impact on how successful you are at your job? It’s true. The way that you present yourself will often dictate whether or not you get the opportunities you want in your career, as well as how fast you move up in the company. If your personality is holding you back from getting promoted and taking on greater responsibilities then it’s time to work on developing a more effective personal brand. A strong personality can be just as important for your career as any technical skill, so read on to find out how you can improve the way people see you at work.
Assess your current brand #
Before you can even begin to improve your brand, you need to first know where you stand right now. There are a few key areas that you can look at to get a better idea of your current brand: – What are your strengths? What are you great at? What are you passionate about? – What parts of your personality could use some work? What are you not too proud of? – What are your career goals and how can your personality help you achieve them?
Know your audience #
If you want to improve your chances of getting the opportunities you want, you need to understand who you are trying to impress. That means knowing a bit about the people who are currently above you in the company, as well as the people who report to you. – Know your boss’s values and goals – Work closely with your supervisor to find out what she wants to get out of her employees. What does she value? What goals does she have for the team? You can also talk to some of your colleagues to see what they know about your supervisor. – Know your bosses’ pet peeves – Once you know what your supervisor values and what her goals are, you can start to get a sense of what she doesn’t like. Keep an eye out for any behaviours that your supervisor seems to dislike and make an effort to avoid them. – Know your co-workers’ values and goals – Just as you want to know what your supervisor wants, you also want to know what your colleagues want. Make an effort to get to know the other people in your department, and try to find out what they value and what they want to get out of their careers.
Be more mindful of your communication #
Are you the type of person who always has something to say? Or do you keep quiet most of the time? If you’re the first type of person, you might be coming across as overly confident, or even a bit rude with your communication. If you’re the second type of person, you might be coming across as too shy and reserved. – Know when to step back and let others do the talking – If you’re the first type of person and you want to come across as the confident type rather than a show off, then you need to know when to step back and let others do the talking. It’s great if you have a lot of ideas to share and are ready to take on more responsibility, but there is a time and a place for everything. Make sure that you are only speaking up when it’s appropriate. – Be more vocal when you need to be – If you’re the second type of person and you want to come across as more confident, then you need to be more vocal when you need to be. If you want to ask for a promotion or a raise, or if you want to pitch a new project to your team, then you need to speak up. There are times when you need to be more vocal, so make sure you’re stepping up to the plate when you need to.
Show you care about your job and the company #
Are you proud to work for your company? Do you love your job? Do you have a lot of enthusiasm for what you do? If you don’t have a strong passion for your job, you need to find a way to come across with more excitement and enthusiasm. Your personality lets your co-workers know how much you care about your job and the company, so if you don’t care, they’ll know. – Get to know the company’s history – The more you know about the company’s history, the more you can show that you care about the company. You should know when the company was founded, why the company was founded, and who the founder(s) were. You should also know the company’s mission statement and where they are headed in the future. – Know where the company is based – If your company is a worldwide corporation, then you should know where it’s based. You don’t have to know every single branch’s address, but you should have a general idea of where your company is based. – Get to know the company’s values and mission statement – Every company has a set of values and a mission statement, so you should make sure you know what they are. Once again, when you know the company’s values, you can show that you care about your job and the company.
Be more inclusive with co-workers #
The people you work with every day are a big part of your career and your daily life, so you need to make an effort to get along with them and be more inclusive with your co-workers. If you’re more of a loner at work, then you’re likely not including as many people as you should in your life. You may even be pushing people away without realising it. – Get to know the people that you work with – This isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes time, so you need to be patient with yourself. You don’t need to be best friends with everyone, but you should get to know the people you work with on a more personal level. – Be more inclusive with your time – If you want to include more people in your life and make more friends, then you need to be more inclusive with your time. Don’t just invite people to hang out with you; reach out to people and try to make plans with them more often. – Be more inclusive with your communication – If you want to be more inclusive with your communication, then you need to speak to people more often. You don’t have to talk non-stop to everyone and anyone, but you should make an effort to communicate more often. This can be as simple as asking how someone is doing or if they have any projects that they need help with.
Be more confident in meetings and one-on-one interactions #
Do you often get nervous and anxious in meetings? If so, you need to work on being more confident in meetings and one-on-one interactions. You don’t have to be cocky or arrogant; you just have to be more comfortable with yourself and the role that you have in the company. – Don’t let nerves get the best of you – When you know you have a big meeting coming up or that you have to make an important presentation, don’t let nerves get the best of you. Practice your presentation as much as you can so that you are as prepared as you can be, and then let go of the rest. – Don’t be too shy – Although it’s important not to let nerves get the best of you, don’t be too shy. You need to be confident and sure of yourself when you’re around your co-workers, and you need to be comfortable speaking up when you need to.
Don’t forget to be yourself #
Finally, as you work on improving your personality and brand, don’t forget to be yourself. No matter how much you try to change your personality, you will always be the same person at the core. You may want to change your behaviour and be more confident, but you can’t change who you really are. Keep these tips in mind, and you can be sure that you are developing a stronger, more effective brand. You may not see results right away, but if you keep working on it, you can be sure that your personality will have a positive impact on your career.