Archive: February, 2018

Post from Transformation Tom™- Build and Maintain Your Personal Brand: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - February 27, 2018 - News
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Your personal brand and reputation were built long before your job
search began. I had the fortunate opportunity of trying to build a literal
brand with “Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching,
LLC.” I made a lot of mistakes along the way. For example, the same
core group of people I communicate with on social media were getting
tired of the book solicitations, while other people were tired of hearing
about the success I was having with Toastmasters speaking engagements.

I learned early on that there is a fine line between, “I wanted to share
something that’s going on with me” and “look at me.” I learned how critical
it is that although it is my brand, it is not always about me. I needed to
avoid misinterpreted one-way information sharing by ensuring that I was
engaging other people in the dialog so that I could get to know them and
understand their interests, wants, and needs, as well. I had to ensure that
building and maintaining my brand was a two-way process. No one can
simply throw his or her brand at someone and expect them to like it.
When’s the last time you asked yourself what people may think of you?

Being self-aware is great, but others may have their own perception of
you—are the two aligned? For example, I was a fast walker down the halls
early in my career because I didn’t—and still don’t—like to waste time. I
found out I was considered by some as unapproachable because I didn’t
stop and chat a lot in the halls. What is your past reputation? Are people
carrying that with them in their perceptions of you in a way that could
impact your next career move? Landing a successful job is heavily based
on the people we know, and how those people perceive us.

If you have a reputation as a hard-worker, that’s a great reputation to
have. Do you know what decision-makers or influencers of your next
potential role think of you? This is where the two-way discussion can be
important, by asking questions and clearly understanding how people
view you—positive and negative. It’s important to be proactive and drive
this type of discussion. People do talk, and spread the message of your
reputation. I even found examples when people at different companies in
the same industry discussed my skill set.

You must continue to build your reputation and brand even in the
midst of the job search by getting your name out there in a professional
way so that people want to interact with you and want you as part of
their team. You don’t want to appear desperate, but you do want to make
yourself significant in order to ensure that your name will come up in
conversation.

It’s a constant work in progress; reputations are built over time, and
crushed in an instant. While engaged in conversation, you want to appear
confident and useful for a hiring company without being arrogant.
Conversely, if you were quiet and isolated in a previous job, you may
have some work to do to play catch up. It’s important to know that when
you’re looking for work, you are building your brand. If you had a bad
reputation from your previous company, you can hope for a clean slate,
but don’t depend on it. If you feel you left on bad terms, do everything
you can to fix it or at least lessen the impact. Again, people do talk, look
for references, and research your past, whether through social media or
other means. I suggest taking a long, hard look at your brand. Then, make
modifications, delete unnecessary entries from your social media sites,
and do what you can to have a brand that you’re proud of.

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Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Do you know about Avanoo.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby

 

Post from Transformation Tom™- Passage from “Now What: The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success”

Posted by tomdowd - February 20, 2018 - News
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Let the résumé stress back off and be clear.

As for style and format, there is no set template

to which you must adhere.

As much as the experts like to string you along,

There is no perfect way—right or wrong.

 

 

 

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Post from Transformation Tom™- Keep the Lines of Communication Open: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - February 13, 2018 - News
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It’s important to keep in regular touch with your network, whether it is
through social media channels, email, or other means. You can provide
status updates, share information that you’ve read (e.g., articles), or simply
thank individuals or groups for their support and assistance. Similar to
social media, you want your posts (emails, and others) to be read, relevant,
and considered high content. Social media is most effective when people
are given something decent to read or their attention is captured—which
means you can stay away from posting what you had for dinner last night.
Once a story gains momentum, its popularity increases exponentially; as
a result, that story is then shared. On Facebook for example, the stories
that have the most comments and “likes” continue to appear in the top
of the news feed for those who sort by the “most popular” criteria. I want
you to think about having your content “liked.” I’m not making the point
to copy everyone on an email, reply all, or make it a daily event unless you
have something important to communicate. What I’m emphasizing is the
need to be the driver of information and to stay visible in the eyes of the
people who can most help you achieve your goals. It’s important to keep
the lines of communication open and constant—even when you gained
everything you needed from the initial conversation.

An easy way to do this is by showing your appreciation for the support
you’re getting. Back to the social media example, it’s essential to go beyond
a simple “thanks” email or post. Express to the person why you feel
grateful for their efforts. If possible, if there are other people who would
want or need to know what that person did for you, then copy or share
with them as well. When the note becomes about them, you start to make
an impact on deepening the relationship. Another way is to continue to
turn the discussion around to the people with whom you’re networking.
I’ve surprised a few people when I turned the conversation around and
offered my assistance by asking, “What can I do for you?” A humble approach
to genuinely say thank you while offering your skills and services
can be placed in his or her back pocket for later, and will go a long way in
deepening your relationship.

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Do you know about Avanoo.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby

 

 

Post from Transformation Tom™- Passage from “Now What: The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success”

Posted by tomdowd - February 6, 2018 - News
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Maintaining your résumé and LinkedIn profile

is not a one-time event.

It must constantly be modified with

your unique accents.

You can’t do it once and then walk away.

Invest a minimum of five minutes monthly and

you should be okay.

 

 

 

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com