In a world that’s overflowing with information, it pays to make yourself memorable. Your personal brand statement helps to do just that.
This essential self-marketing tool is basically a pithy statement of your key skills and the value you can bring to any organisation you’re hoping to work for. For example:
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Think of your personal brand statement as an elevator pitch for who you are and what you’ve got to offer. It’s ideal if you want to grab the attention of a hiring manager or recruiter sifting through CVs, or simply have a strong one-liner ready when your Skype interviewer says, ‘So tell me about yourself…’
So where can you use your brand statement? How do you go about crafting one? And what are the top tips that will help yours stand out from the crowd?
Your statement can be slotted in anywhere you need to market yourself to a potential employer: at the top of your CV, in a covering email or message, on your LinkedIn page, and so on.
You can also use it to start off an interview, or when meeting and networking with people face-to-face. Of course, in person you don’t want to sound like you’re just parroting a script, but it’s useful to have a snappy summary to draw on.
The statement in its simplest form is typically a single sentence but it’s useful to have different lengths for different contexts. For example:
In a world that’s overflowing with information, it pays to make yourself memorable
As you’ll see from these examples, mission statements tend to follow a formula. Typically it goes: ‘[I am] an X with Y looking to do Z’
Here’s a few more examples to help inspire you to craft your very own killer brand statement…
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