10 Things I Wish I Knew

Loved this post from Student Branding Blog titled  Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Entered the “Real World”: Part 1 by Cassandra Hale, the Hyatt Recruiting Manager. It was posted by Heidi Radakovich on Tuesday, November 2nd.  It’s a fabulous post and you should subscribe to Student Branding Blog e-mail updates and follow the founder, Dan Schawbel, on Twitter!

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Entered the “Real World”

10. EXPERIENCE IT ALL—-Most of us start in one area with a specific career goal and end up on a totally different path. The moral of this story is to try anything and everything, and to not shut out certain opportunities that you don’t think you would like or want to do. You will never know what you like unless you try.

9. BE MARKETABLE—-Developing your personal brand is like running your own business. It involves a business plan which includes your personal goals and mission statement. Make sure you are marketing yourself towards the target market in which you want to be known. This way the people you want to make an impression on know who you are and what you have to offer.  Figure out your best characteristics and continue to work on these in order to for them to become a part of your personal brand. Determine what you are naturally good at and what comes easy for you. Finding a job that allows you to utilize these strengths will help you achieve the goal of never working a day in your life.

8. Speed dating—-First impressions have a major impact and you can’t take them back. When meeting fellow associates, clients and/or others in the industry for the first time, it is important to remember to put your best self forward. Your best self should include how you present yourself in regards to your professional dress, demeanor, mannerisms, actions and words. There is a time and a place for everything and understanding what is appropriate and what is not in each situation is key.

7. you are what you eat—-Just as you should be involved in extracurricular activities during your college career, you should be involved in activities both within your company and in the community during your professional career. What you involve yourself in and attach your name to, speaks to who you are. Most companies are involved in community efforts and have committees within their organization. Raise your hand and volunteer to be a part of these opportunities! Not only do they look good on your resume, and help you to move forward in your career, they are also great ways to network.

6. Be true to yourself—Look at every option in the industry that you want to work. Meet  and interview with company representatives conduct research on the company and job opportunities. The people who make up a company and the culture it creates is what really sets it apart from others. Being your true self and finding a place where that is not only appreciated but encouraged will help you find a company where you can learn and grow. By being your authentic self from beginning to end and exploring all of your options you can’t go wrong!


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