Gone are the good old days. When recruiters attended convocations in hot pursuit of the best graduating students from every university. Waiting for the list to be announced so that they could present job offers together with an official car to the people they deemed fit.
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Tides have changed in the 21st century. Graduates find themselves in search of recruiters as their CV
lay dormant under their briefcase. This does not have to be the case with you as this article would provide you with step by step guidelines on how to set your career up for the 21st-century market.
Determine the path you want to take. It is not possible to be all things to all people. You have to find the career line that best suits you and follow it to completion. Doing everything and following the trend would get your followers confused and leave you exhausted.
The next step is to specialize. Follow people who are certified experts in that field and do the things they have done. What this does is that it makes you easily found when people are scrolling through the list of people with similar specialities.
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Go for training that would help you sharpen your skills. The majority of the people in the world today are at the head knowledge of various skills. Taking a year off to fully develop the skills that are necessary for you to stand out in your career would put you far above all the others in your field. Pay the price to develop these necessary skills.
After you have taken the time to acquire those relevant skills, go ahead and brand yourself. Do not let Imposter Syndrome stop you from reaching your dreams. You are all you say you are. Go ahead and make research’s about the various platforms that offer you the best bet at visibility. If you need to pay a bit more for that premium advantage, do it. It would be worth it. To add a cherry on top, take the leap and take a good professional headshot.
This last point might be otherworldly for an article of this kind. However, one very essential ingredient in branding yourself is hope. You have to hope against all odds that your efforts would pay off. There is no hard and fast rule to these things. Yours is to do your best and trust your stars and the algorithm to fall in your favour.
These are a few of our favourite tips to help you brand yourself for the saturated 21st-century market. Always remember, this is the best time to be the best version of yourself. While it is true that there are so many people clamouring for jobs, there are also as many resources available to help you get better at whatever skill you choose.
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This article was first published on 6th November 2021