The latest “23 Things for Professional Development” challenge (CPD23 Thing 3) is to consider personal branding, and how it fits in professionally. With social media and the importance of networking, both online and in person, I think this is an interesting and important topic. I enjoy several social networking websites, though it’s easy to get sucked into a time warp while on them. I need to work on balance and time management when it comes to sites like Facebook.
One of the biggest segments of personal branding is your online presence, because it has a more widespread reach. In addition to accounts on several social networking sites, I bought my own domain name a few months ago, and look forward to doing more with that.
I’ve also been thinking about how my personal image fits into my personal/professional brand. Even though the attire at my workplace is casual and comfortable, I’d still like to update my wardrobe (especially my shoes!). That’s something I can work on, once piece at a time.
I’ve already read several books on personal branding, and I’ll be on the lookout for more on this topic, especially as I go through library school. Any recommendations?