Now that you’ve done your homework and practiced my tips (hopefully) it’s time to keep your name in the game. This can mean a few things:
- write, write, and write some more
- create an online portfolio
- go to events or host your own
- meet new people, always
I just happen to do all of the above. It’s crucial to my career that I constantly do these so that I always have new opportunities knocking at my door.
We females are experiencing an interesting time in the digital age. The feminist movement is pretty much back in full effect (reasons why I wanted to write this post) which means our voices are ever so important. Now it’s up to us to take back media time from the dudes, create our own work, and make things right, or at least fair and equal. One way to do this is to write about it. Keep up that blog, pitch more pieces, write in your journal, or start a newsletter. Express yourself and make it known what you value, what your goals are, and what matters to you as a professional. However you want to write - via pen and paper or digitally, get it out there.
With that, you should also have an online hub. I’ve always and will always vouch for Flavors.me as a great website to build upon. And of course I have Tumblr to vouch for. Seek out what platform makes sense for your work. Create a home online, build upon it, keep it updated, and make it grow. People will find you and connect with you from there.
Once you’ve got a good site/blog/portfolio going, meet people in your field. I have hosted many networking sessions, panels on technology and media, and career workshops because I believe in the power of being a connector. I like connecting people of value, who can exchange skills and ideas, and collaborate on mutual goals. It’s important that you seek out people who are friendly and genuine and who can be your buddy as you carve out your own career path. Never take advantage of that.
This concludes my lessons in lady biz careers. Hopefully I was able to help you navigate the waters of our modern work places.
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