It probably seems like every person in business (or any other industry for that matter) is focusing on their personal brand these days. Though personal branding is vital when it comes to making yourself a desirable candidate for a job, people frequently make mistakes when it comes to crafting their individual brand. There are many mistakes you can make when it comes to personal branding, so it’s important to be aware of these mistakes and do your best to avoid them.
Not having an end goal
When you’re constructing a personal brand, you need to think about why you actually want it. Think about why you want to create a personal brand and what your focus will be. Choose your industry and your focus in that industry, as well as some of your longterm goals for what you’d like to accomplish. It helps with building your brand and deciding what to focus on because you know what end goal you’re working toward.
People can tell if you aren’t sincere in your brand, so it’s important that you portray authenticity when it comes to your brand and what you represent. Make sure you’re presenting yourself in an accurate way or it will be difficult to attract people to your personal brand. People are searching for authenticity and will respect you if it reflects in your personal brand.
Not standing out
The point of creating a personal brand is having an online presence and image that people connect with you. It’ll be nearly impossible to meet your goal if you do not make a unique brand. So many people make personal brands and then don’t stand out in a way that’s memorable. If you want a good personal brand, you need to find something that sets you apart from others.
Avoid making it personal
When you’re building your brand, make sure you add a personal element. Include stories from your own life when creating content for your brand and it’ll show people who you truly are and make them feel connected to you. Talk about how you’ve gotten to where you are and the educational and career choices you made and why. Your anecdotes do not have to only be related to your professional journey; you can talk about your personal life as well.
Ignoring other people
While creating your brand, pay attention to other people in your industry and those who are generally successful. If you make the mistake of ignoring others with a personal brand, you’ll miss out on valuable advice and developments. Share quality content from people you admire and make sure you interact with them and your own followers.
Not posting enough
A major error that those building personal brands make is not regularly updating their profiles with original and shared content. You need original content because it adds value and authenticity to your brand. Sharing other people’s content allows you to connect with other leaders and share new developments within your industry.