May is International Business Image Improvement Month and many businesses across the world will be taking a look at how they can revitalize their brand loyalty and improve their image.
Why not use this month as a great excuse to improve upon your own “personal brand?” The old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”, holds some truth.
Check out some of the tips below to get you started on improving your image, and learning how appearance can separate you from the pack in today’s fiercely competitive job market.
#1. Start by taking steps to keep yourself as healthy as possible. Start small – Take the stairs instead of the elevator, and begin keeping a wellness journal to record your daily menus and fitness goals. You’ll be amazed at how the new level of confidence brought on by healthy lifestyle changes will translate into other areas of your life.
#2. Sloppy attire is a definite “no –no” when you’re trying to project a professional appearance. Trade that tattered, cloth messenger bag for a respectable looking handled briefcase.
Many styles are available with an optional shoulder strap so you can still have that added functionality while maintaining a polished appearance.
#3. Start a blog or register your profile on one of the many social and professional networking sites that have been taking the world by storm. The more visible you are, the better. These sites can be a great tool for you to get others to see your talents and can also be a lot of fun!