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5 Tips for Branding for Life

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The term “branding” is often overused, but your personal brand–who you are and what you stand for–is your authentic voice that can keep you present in the workplace, even when you decide to take a break from it.

Many young women strive to build successful careers, but they may also be thinking down the line about when they decide to get married and have kids. Whether or not they decide to return to the workforce, how can they keep that brand going?

Pamela Weinberg is a career coach and Founding Partner of Mind Your Own Business Moms, working with women in various stages of career development both privately and in groups. Weinberg joined Levo League yesterday for Office Hours and provided five concrete tips for how to build a brand in the beginning of your career that will last your whole professional life.

1. Take on side projects.

Do it for fun or do it for free, says Weinberg. You never know, but down the road those side projects could turn into real, lucrative ventures for you. Side projects are also a great way to explore your passions, hobbies, and interests. Use the time you have now to delve deeper into and develop your other skills and talents.

2. Volunteer the smart way.

Take your good will to a soup kitchen, to one-off volunteer events, the library, or other local organizations and institutions. Just remember that when you take on volunteer projects to choose ones that build your resume, either in your current industry or in an industry you may want to step into down the line.

3. Build your network in and out of your own field.

There is no better time to network than before you need a job, says Weinberg, because when you’re already employed you’re not asking anyone for any favors. Start getting involved now with organizations or industries you may want to work in in the future; this takes the pressure off you to make requests and the people you network with to meet them.

4. Join professional associations in your own or a desired industry.

Professional associations are a fantastic way to learn what other opportunities may exist in a field that you may not know about that could offer better flexibility or better work-life balance.

5. Continue your education.

Take continuing education classes in a field you’re interested in. This isn’t just a key tool for building skills, for also for finding networking opportunities and learning about a new industry. We’re lucky that there are so many options to do this at local colleges, universities, and adult education centers in cities all over the world.

For more insightful advice from Pamela Weinberg, click here to watch her Office Hours.

 

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6 Comments

This is great stuff! I love the social aspect that this article focuses on. It is all about how you see yourself and where you see yourself going. Thank you for this!

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1y
Chelsey Tillman

Thank you for this! It is so helpful for someone like me who's looking to change industries

2y

I really enjoy watching Levo League Office Hours recap videos! Defining and creating one's personal brand is imperative. Most importantly learning how to leverage defining qualities to lead to personal and career success is key.

3y

Love the bit on having side projects! Projects you do today for free could easily turn into a recommendations for paying jobs tomorrow. Plus, pet projects make for great interview fodder and show that you've got a deep, passionate interest beyond the 9-5!

Great post!

3y

I agree with you. Watching this video inspired me to pursue a side project I have been considering for some time.

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Carly Heitlinger

Love the tips about being "smart" about your volunteering. Things you do in your spare time should really help your career... plus, what you do for fun is likely your passion anyway!

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Melissa Stanger

Melissa Stanger is the Associate Editor at Levo League. She has written for Business Insider, Verizon, Faster Times Media, Your Coffee Break, AmEx Open Forum, and Honey & Nonno. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College who loves impeccable grammar and is on a noble quest for the best chai latte in New York. Follow her on Twitter @melissahstanger, or on her blog fastandthecurious.com.