How's Your Visual Resume?

4 Goals for a Successful 2015!

Posted by Liz Taylor Jan 07, 2015

As we begin an exciting New Year and think about all we want to accomplish and achieve in our 2015 business lives, I’m a believer that minor tweaks help you reach your goals in a more efficient way. Keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Assess your visual resume. Dress for the job you want to have and refrain from appearing too casual. Digging deeper, look at your grooming and accessories... are you current and in style? Lastly, evaluate your workspace. I never gave much thought to my workspace until my colleagues wife came into my office last week and observed my lack of “nesting” (I was always extremely proud of my tidy-no clutter workspace). From her perspective, a person who hasn’t fully decorated his/her office shows a lack of commitment to the job at hand. I brought framed pictures and art the next morning to fully nest in my space and must admit I feel better about my work environment moving into the New Year. The main question to ask yourself is this: are you happy with the personal brand you’ve created? If not, make minor tweaks until you are confident with your visual resume.
  2. Manage your technology. In a recent Etiquette Principles survey, most executives interviewed admit their biggest beef with employees is rude cell phone behavior.  If you are in a business meeting, turn off your phone. Also, don’t rant about your job on Twitter or Facebook (or any other social media channel). Try to take personal calls in private versus at your desk or in earshot of others.
  3. Keep professional and personal as separate as possible. Colleagues may not want to hear about your recent divorce, medical issues or other private affairs. Keep work drama free, watch your language and focus on facts over feelings when involved in difficult situations.
  4. Be proactive and understand that knowledge is power. If you are passionate about a particular topic, attend training and development sessions. Your company may happily pay for you to become certified so don’t be afraid to ask. The more you tap into your strengths and passions, the happier you become.   

I wish you all a successful and prosperous New Year! Remember that you are in full control of your destiny.

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