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Career resuscitation advice from The Branding Diva, seconded by yours truly

I am very fortunate to have a lot of friends. These days, with the impact of the economy continuing to wreak havoc on many industries and a lot of lives, I’m regularly hearing from many of them who suddenly find themselves unemployed. While this is definitely a scary situation, I stand ready with encouragement and a handful of smart ideas that are proven best bets when it comes to finding great career opportunities. Clearly, Karen Post, a.k.a. The Branding Diva(R) has the same mindset. An international authority on branding matters and the author of the best-selling books Brain Tattoos and Brand Turnaround, Karen’s blog post entitled “Puking Pink Slips? Jumpstart your personal brand today” takes my personal rah-rah speech to new heights. Do jump on over to read it, and below, also consider my paraphrased and slightly adjusted listing of her spot-on career-rejuvenating suggestions.

. Identify exactly what you want in your career, and practice explaining it to others until it rolls off your tongue
. Set goals, visualize them becoming reality, and take steps toward them each and every day
. Manage your attitude – stay positive and do everything you can to ensure your outlook stays healthy
. Ensure your resume represents you and your “brand” consistently
. Seek out experts and ask their advice on your next moves
. Identify your best in-person networking opportunities – and show up in style
. Consider purchasing a custom URL for your name or some other creatively appropriate phrase – and then connect it to your chosen online showcase (your own site, blog, portfolio, LinkedIn profile, etc.)
. Make the extra effort to maximize social networking sites and opportunities to position and showcase yourself effectively and try to hone-in on finding your ideal job
. Find strategic, meaningful ways to regularly stay in touch with important contacts

“Break a leg” and keep in-touch!

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