Last week, we talked about the importance of your job PERFORMANCE in your career growth.
This week, we’re discussing your IMAGE. Image is about so much more than what you’re wearing. It consists of how you:
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you walk into a room, what do people see? What’s the first think they notice? Are you dressed appropriately? Are you well groomed (hair, make-up, accessories)? Do you smell good?
Many assumptions are made about you before you say anything. Make sure you nail the entrance! You want people asking, “Who is that?” and then doing whatever they can to network with you; not gossip about the train wreck that just walked through the door.
Remember, you want to dress for the job you want; not the job you’re in.
Your “Look” will only get you so far. You must make sure that when you speak, you sound intelligent enough for people to keep listening; and ensure that what you say is interesting enough to keep them wanting more.
You should be well versed about your company, your industry and your profession. In addition, you should know enough about current events, politics and sports to at least sound like you know what you’re talking about. Whether it’s a boardroom meeting, a networking event, or the golf course, ALWAYS be ready to give good conversation.
If you want to eventually be the VP of your department, ACT like it! People need to be able to envision you in a position before they will select you for the position. Your behaviors play a big role in their perception. If you’re always being the comedian or troublemaker, you most likely will never be considered for a role with significant responsibility and accountability.
I’m not suggesting that you be someone you’re not. However, it is very important that you are able to read people and your environment to determine whether or not you’re in a “laughing matter” situation or crisis mode.
Next week, we’ll discuss EXPOSURE. Who’s watching you?