First impressions are made within a few split seconds and can make or break us. We assess a person on their poise, apparel, and ability to introduce themselves in a professional manner within moments. It works much the same online and with your resume. Considering how much is riding on that first impression, it’s worth preparing to take advantage of the opportunity to make a positive and lasting impression. You have to be sharp, seductive, and convincing with your introduction in all formats. What impression are you making? Here’s some quick pointers to help you ensure you’re firing on all cylinders to deliver compelling messages in person, online, and in your resume:
Online impressions: Google yourself. What do you see? Ensure that your presentation on social media is current, attractive, and engaging. You want to broadcast a positive message so that recruiters, HR professionals, and networking partners want to learn more about you.
Resume impressions: A prime marketing tool for your career management is, of course, the resume. Decisions revolve around this very important 1, 2 or 3 full-page document. Here again, first impressions count. It has to be correctly formatted, up-to-date, and deliver a compelling and seductive story.
Face-to-face impressions: This is the first impression most of us think about, and it is crucial. For both job interviews and networking, you need to be poised, well dressed, well groomed, and able to introduce yourself concisely with confidence and appeal.
Do you make a first impression that is sharp, seductive, and convincing? Are you confident that you’re making the same great impression in person, online, and in your resume? If not, a career coach can help you craft the perfect first impression on all fronts, so you stand out!