Do you want to go into a career in business? You need to brand yourself for the business world. Even if you want to be an employee, branding yourself can help you stand out in a sea of applications. Keep these tips in mind when creating your brand.
Consider Your Industry
When branding yourself, you should think about the clients or customers you serve or will serve. Think about their gender, how old they are and where they live. Consider what their occupations are and how they spend their time. Figure out what they like or don’t like and how you can offer things they will enjoy. You can research the market to find out some of this information, but it may take trial and error.
If you want to apply for business jobs, you can also research the companies you want to work for. But if you want to start your own business, you can research the companies you want to have as clients. That way, you can target your branding to fit the needs and interests of those businesses.
Think of Your Skills
Next, think about what sets you apart from the competition. If you want to get a sales job or offer sales services, you should consider your sales skills and highlight those when branding yourself. Perhaps you’re great at selling to young adults, so you can brand yourself as a liaison between companies and twenty-somethings. Or if you work well with older adults you can use that when branding yourself.
Determining the skills you have and the skills you want to use on the job can help you focus on your brand. That way, you won’t waste your time branding yourself to fit the needs of people you don’t want to work with.
Choose Your Colors
If you want to start a business, you should consider your brand colors. But even if you want to get a job, having brand colors can help you stand out. Your colors should be appropriate for the industry you’re in and the skills you have. For example, a social media manager can probably get away with a more colorful brand than an accountant. Someone working in the toy industry may want more colors than someone in the manufacturing industry.
You can research your competitors to see what colors they use. Don’t copy them, but you can use their brands for inspiration. That way, you can combine those colors with your favorite colors to make your brand unique.
Select Your Fonts
Whether you want to be a business owner or an employee, you should find fonts that fit with the rest of your brand. You can use these fonts on a resume, portfolio or website. Whenever you look for a new job or client, you can show your resume or portfolio. If the fonts and colors look good together, you can show you have an idea of what you want from your work.
Choosing fonts can be difficult, but you don’t need a ton of fonts. Start with one or two fonts that make sense for the jobs you want. If you find you don’t get many calls back about a job, you can see if changing your font gets you better results.
The business world can vary from industry to industry, but you always want to be professional. Avoid including profanity or other controversial things in your branding. While you may love to be sassy in your personal life, that won’t always work in the business world. Unless you’re working with startups, you may come off as immature. Companies may decide you’re not the right fit based on your branding.
So make sure your branding represents you but that it’s also compatible with any companies you apply to work with. That way, you can let your work speak for itself. If a company wants to hire you, you can get the job based on your skills without your brand keeping you from the job.
The business world can seem scary and intimidating to those outside of it. However, branding yourself the right way can help you land a job or contract with your dream company.