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Professionalize Yourself

Posted March 20th, 2013 in Applying by Judith Howe

Before you present yourself professionally you should go through all the existing platforms that represent you and revise them so that you are being reflected in the best of light.  The best thing you can do right away is improving your voice-mail message.  It seems like such a simple thing, but this goes a long way.  Just think from your employers point of view.  They call you and you’re not there.  They get a voice-mail of you in the middle of a noisy crowd, or maybe they get a snippet of you with a tone of voice that makes it sound like you’re depressed.  A make-over may be needed here, and will absolutely get you going in the right direction.

The woman with the laptopHere’s what you do.  Get into your voice-mail account and listen to what you currently have recorded, if anything at all.  The objective with creating a professional voice-mail is to keep it clean, crisp, and concise.  Be cognoscente of background noise and the clarity of your voice.  Don’t get too creative here.  You may consider presenting yourself as a “Flight Attendant Professional” to provide some validity of who the caller is contacting.  Be sure to have some spunk and character in your voice.  Avoid monotone.  Be clear.  When you’re done recording, have your hard-of-hearing uncle listen and make sure they clearly understood what you said.  Here’s an example of a very simple message:

Hi, this is [your name].  I’m not currently available but if you leave your name, number and a brief message, I will get back to you as soon as possible.”

Done deal.  Simple.  I actually write this down and read from it like a script, just to make sure I don’t fumble my words.  You should then have the option to listen to your recording and confirm that you like it.  Listen to it.  If it doesn’t meet your standards, rerecord.  Keep rerecording until it is perfect.  It’s so easy to make this perfect so don’t “one and done” this.

First impression is huge.  A lot of the time your voice-mail message is your first connection with the people you are most eager to impress.  This is a critical thing you want to have ironed out when you start filling out applications and providing your contact information to the world.

Keep Your Social Media Platforms Clean

Facebook is awesome!  However, there are so many horror stories of bosses finding crazing things of perspective/existing employees on Facebook, and they end up getting canned.  You cannot let this happen to you! It is not a bad idea, and is actually prudent to go through your old photos and clean house.  Keep only the ones that show your positive side.  Employers won’t be impressed to see you with a party hat and that glazed look in your eyes.

You may also try to go through and clean up some of the controversial things that are available to the Facebook world.  Religion and politics are hot topics that should be avoided when you are in the lime-light.

Always Have Something to Share with People

Most people in the professional world carry business cards, particularly when they are networking and trying to represent themselves.  I love sharing business cards, and I speak from personal experience on this one.  On the occasions when I am recruiting for new hires, there is always at least one candidate who will provide me with a personal business card, in addition to their resume.  These candidates are few and far between and definitely make an immediate impression.

In addition to doing things a little differently than everybody else, keeping business cards on you is an extremely useful way of sharing your information with people.  You may be saying “I have all the information that they could possibly need on my resume”.  This is true, however, it is not recommended that you hand out your resume to every single person that you meet.  What you should do, instead of bogging down somebody with a generic resume, is give them a quick elevator pitch followed up with a business card.  I talk about the elevator pitch in this post.

For example, if you’re at the airport hitting it off with a Flight Attendant and he/she seems to be very interested in possibly helping you out, don’t shove a resume down their throat.  They will not be the one to hire you, and you don’t want to put the burden on them to to find somebody to give it to…they typically won’t.  In addition, you have lost control of that networking lead by placing your destiny in their hands.  Instead, say “thank you, here is my contact information if you happen to think of me in the future”.  The trick here is to also get their contact information (preferably an e-mail), or ask if you may connect with them on LinkedIn.  You follow up with them, and you can go from there.  I talk more about setting up informational interviews.

I put my name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, @twittern handle, and social network buttons (e.g. LinkedIn).  If you have a personal website, go ahead and put that on there if you feel it would enhance your chances for employment.  I don’t recommend creating your own website just to put it on your business card.

If you implement all of these things, you will be ready to hit the ground running.  Let’s quick summarize some of what we talked about:

  • Professionalize voicemail
  • Clean up social media platforms
  • Create personal business cards

If you were to do only one thing, you need to professionalize your voicemail.  The other two points will only enhance your brand/image.  Becoming a Flight Attendant is competitive.  Why not do everything you can to give you an edge!

I would next recommend reading my post on developing an effective elevator pitch, to be used during networking events, informational interviews, and any random conversation that may lead to a golden opportunity for you to productively communicate what YOUR career goals are.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this post. If you are serious about starting a career as Commercial Airline Flight Attendant, then read The Essential Guide To Becoming A Flight Attendant - Kiki Ward explains it all! If becoming a corporate flight attendant jives with you check out Beyond the Red Carpet.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below, of contact me here.

 

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