Notes from Jeff York

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It’s sink or swim time

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cmswim_article_wideweb__470x3910The election’s finally over and the economy is still the topic at the top of the news. Besides business issues which I have talked about previously, individual families are also continuing to feel the pressures. After all, a family is like a business with incomes and outflows, profit and loss.

During these difficult times, people are turning to the Internet for information on how to deal with their particular problems. I was thinking that this week would be the perfect opportunity to share with others what you are doing to keep your family’s proverbial head above water. Are you currently in the market for another position? Are you thinking of picking up a part-time job? How secure do you feel in your current position and what are you doing to make yourself invaluable?

I hope that you share. During these trying times, we all need to stick together.

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November 8, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Be a brand

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All day, every day, I’m thinking about my clients and how to make their organizations rise above their competitors and become more successful. If you’re like me, you focus on the company, the brand, and the image. But what about us? Are you working on your own personal brand?

When you’re out looking for a job or if you’re in the consulting business like me, you’re looking for people to hire you based on you. Your background, your abilities, your personality, your connections all come into play. When you submit your resume, you want it to be memorable. You want to be memorable. There is real value to that end in building a brand.

Today, the tools for building a personal brand have never been more accessible or powerful. At the beginning of the year, I set a goal. If you type in “Jeff York” in Google, I’m aiming to come up first. Unfortunately, I’m handicapped by having a common name. I’m also challenged by having the same name of an actor that had a long successful career from the ’30s through the ’50s. But he died 13 years ago so hopefully I will have some success.

So what can you do to build your own personal brand? Blogs such as this one help. Joining networking websites such as LinkedIn also help. I would suggest that you spend some time reading some of the experts in the field. Efforts put toward this endeavor will pay substantial dividends today and into the future.

Make your own brand. If you can’t market yourself, why would you think an organization would want to pay you to market them?

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June 7, 2008 at 9:19 pm