Post authored by Richelle D. Wilkins, CMP, Manager, Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe
When I first graduated college, I found that there was a whole new world out there. Entering into the world of hospitality is no easy task. Choosing a career path is already stressful, but then you have to standout in the path that you choose.
You are now surrounded by people who have the same skills, drive and passion that you have, which can be very overwhelming when you want to be as successful as they are. Included are seasoned professionals, those with fancy three letter words at the end of their name, and those who are growing to be major players. All of these people have clear visions and opinions that can make any person feel they do not have voice.
So how do you find your own identity, how do you stand out? Here are five suggestions that will get you started in the right direction:
1. Determine What You Want and Stick With It
There is nothing worst than feeling bad about a decision that you never intended to make; or a job you took when you know it wasn’t something you really thought you would be doing. In this economy it can be really difficult to pass on the first job that comes your way; but what happens in 6-12 months when you aren’t happy; looking for another job and not putting your all into your responsibilities. You’re back to square one. If you have a clear goal of what you want then do what you can to get there. Distractions only leave you at the place were you were before you got distracted. Time is precious, so stick to the plan.
2. Be Honest
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
You have to stand up for what you believe in which includes voicing your opinion. If there is something you do not agree with, or you know of a better solution for a problem, then let it be known. People will respect you for using your voice. If you agree to everything, then you will lose your confidence, and ultimately your voice will get lost.
3. Create your Own Brand
Do you have a feature or a skill that you are extremely good at that may be lacking in another person? We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. Use your strengths to stand out. Find what you do best and work those skills until you’re known for that particular thing. Once you’ve got people’s attention then you can show everyone why you’re that person that they want to work with.
4. Create your Own Platform
The one place you can have your voice be heard is through your own platform. Whether it’s through a social media site, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or creating a blog, the easiest way for your voice to be heard is through your own outlet. Other platforms could be through writing an article, becoming a presenter or panel speaker at an event, or creating your own networking group or meet-up. Joining an industry association and their committees are surefire ways to meet people, but you can really stand out by creating your own environment built around you!
5. Just Be Yourself
This may be a cliché but it’s true; when you accept yourself for who you are and what you do best, then you will be respected in this industry. It’s hard to try and blend in, so why try? Be who you are and the people that will flock to you are the people that should be in your circle.
Don’t get caught up in a person’s title or years of experience. You’re joining this industry because you have what it takes. Stand out, be yourself and let your voice be heard!