Emilie Wapnick has been a musician/songwriter, a web designer, filmmaker, writer, law student and entrepreneur. “This is how I’ve always lived,” she writes, “moving from interest to interest, building on my skills in different areas, and synthesizing the knowledge I acquire along the way.”
As a career and life coach, she helps other people with wide and varied interests understand and appreciate who they are, in a society that asks us to pick a lane and stay in it. Her work with “multipotentialites” has resulted in the book Renaissance Business
and the interesting website Puttylike
4. Start Creating a Personal Brand
What is a personal brand?
The art of building a unique brand around yourself as an individual.
A personal brand requires: (1) credibility, (2) expressing a unique voice, (3) consistency throughout your resume/CV, cover letters, online presence (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and/or personal website) and introducing yourself to others for the first time, (4) recognizable standard (your readers and fans can grow to recognize you), and (5) self-marketing to differentiate yourself from the competition. A brand gives you the power to come across honestly, clearly, and powerfully.
Why do you need a brand?
Well, it’s simple, you are showing potential employers, clients, and the world at large who you are and what you stand for. When you are able to articulate a consistent and well-developed brand, you stay competitive in the job market.
In short, personal branding
is the modern resume. One interesting and creative approach to build your brand is to use pictures
. Pictures have the ability to tell our stories better than written word. With studies claiming 43 percent to 75 percent of employers check social media prior to hiring, every young professional should invest in putting her/his best foot forward online, including her/his photos.
5. Eliminate the Word “Networking” from Your Vocabulary
You are building relationships and getting to know people, and having new and exciting conversations. The concept of “networking” has become more like a business transaction, tic-for-tac, but it should not be laced with the pressure of unmet expectations and outcomes. Instead, think about “networking,” or rather building relationships, as an opportunity to have a genuine conversation with someone and maybe, just maybe, build a meaningful relationship based on common interests. This required a lot of effort on your part, but if you have a sincere interest in getting to know someone, the effort will be worth it.
6. Tell Your Story
Human beings are storytellers, and each of us has a compelling story to tell about who we are, how we found (or stumbled upon) our interests, what motivates us, and what inspires us.
Storytelling is a key practice of leadership – giving meaning and contextualizing our past, present, and future through a cohesive story or series of stories.
Dave Isay puts forth a stunning example of the power of telling stories. He opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story.