How to Build a Your Perosnal Brand and Market Yourself

Raghuram Sukumar Career 48 Comments

I would like to convey few updates and message that you will find useful in the article. After running iPod giveaway contest, I realized many of you are silent followers (passive readers).

But, you are not realizing the importance of interaction with others by posting comments and sharing your thoughts.

Trust Me: People love to stay anonymous, but they open up to all sort of problems by posting in Facebook (without controlling their privacy settings).

Why You Should Post Comments

Posting frequent comments ( in HSB or othet places) will go on to help you in many ways, to name a few

  1. I can recognize the names of those who post comments frequently. If you have a questions and you post comments frequently, I will be more inclined to answer your questions or help you out. Just ask some 1000’s of readers who got help form me just for being active in the community. When you are spending time to interact with others, it’s not fair to not answer your questions. If you are fairly active, I will bend my back to solve your problems.
  2. If you like to go one step further and write your experience as guest blog post, you stand a chance to get more benefits. One one one time.
  3. Students I have interviewed reach out to me via Skype all the time with their questions.

Students who are interacting with me frequently by emails, blog comments, sending articles about their experience  certainly know the benefits.

If there is a job opening or internship that I come across, then I send emails to those students who active in my network, asking them to send their resume.

Several students and friends have got internship and full time jobs through my contacts and network.

If you are going to stay silent and one fine day you decide to send an email like this

passive reader of happy schols

If you were a follower and took part in the comments section or answers other folks questions, then I would have jumped on a call to answer the question.

But, I don’t recognize you.

If you were not active in the community, I have no idea who you are and I’m not going to reply to you.

You have to make yourself more visible.

This is all part of the how you build a personal brand for yourself and establish your presence in social network.

If you really want to establish a personal brand, you can become a regular contributor. If you have decent writing skills, then I can create an Author Profile for you. You will rank high in Google Search for your name.

Here’s another thing: For people who don’t know the value of the personal band and building relationship,  if there’s one advice you want to get from Happy Schools, then it should about “Building Your Personal Brand”.

Get the Blog Updates

Most of you visit the blog only after you receive emails. If you are not following Happy Schools Blog on Twitter, you are missing out on many great articles that is shared only in Twitter.

Also, you may have noticed that questions posted in Happy Schools Blog Facebook page have answers.

There are many ways you can increase your visibility and presence.

Try to make full use of it. Staying inactive  is not going to help you.

When it comes to job search, if you don’t have an active social media presence, you cannot find a job in this market.

Just ask the current students who are struggling to find a job. You have to cultivate the habit for making your presence felt by being active in social media world (LinkedIn, Twitter, FaceBook, Blogs, etc).

Comments

  1. Hi

    I have been a silent reader of all the posts and it is lot of use to me . But after reading this topic i came to understand the importance of interaction with ppl being an aspirant of Master studies .

    Thanks alot for all the valuable info

  2. yeah well said, out of sight out of mind. BTW good job, keep it up 🙂

  3. HI HSB,
    I dont know whether you know me or not , i am one of the ardent follower of your blog for the past six or eight months ,your posts have given me more clear idea about US education,At first i was in dilemma whether to do MS then after coming across your posts i gained more confident,especially the happy point university selection method ,thanks a lot,then regrading H1b1 memo stuff i dont have clear idea about those things, that y dint go through those posts.
    Regards,
    Santhosh

    1. Santhosh – How can I know if you are a silent reader. If you comment frequently, I can recognize you.

  4. hi i have been reading hsb for a long time and i need some information regarding the life of pharmacist in canada. also please tell me the requirements to get admission into the best college which offer the pharmacist degree. hope you respond positively .
    thanking you,
    raviteja stg,
    aspirant of master studies.

  5. I like this article very much and special advise for all the students,

    YOU MISS 100% of those shots which you don't TRY. So don't feel shy do whatever your mind says.

  6. This is an eye-opening article, hope so people will follow the lead.
    Good Work HSB !

  7. Hi! Yes here is another silent follower speaking up. Come to think of it I do have a lot of unanswered questions just because I have never bothered to speak up. Point Taken, friend! 🙂

    Keep up the good work, I'll try to be more active before throwing my questions your way, hope you can help.

    Joining Masters in US this fall:)

  8. Point taken .. here again a silent reader .. will post from now on ..:)

  9. yes this is a damn true information which you have given. iam one among the silent followers of HSB realized the truth and decided to take part actively.

    thanks for your eye opening information

  10. Hi HSB,

    I have been following your blog for almost 6 months now and I am heading to USA this FALL , I do have something to share with you today it was your blog about whether MS is the right way to go in these recession time that influenced me in a way to decide upon going to US instead of settling for a job , your blog which said how unique people are who go to US for there MS was just too inspiring .

    All I got to say is great job and keep up the good work

    Regards,

    Vinay

    1. Good luck to you. Hangf around this blog, don't forget when you come to US.

  11. that's really true.. i ll try to be more regular from now onwards 🙂

  12. hi,

    my name is ravi and i have got admits for few universities for fall now that i have a opportunity that can i wait for spring as i can do some research work in my field then apply for so that i get into some top univ and also get aid so please advice me what to do ?

    1. 6 months of work is not going to help you much. Select the best among the 3 and attend Fall sem.

  13. I am a silent follower. I read your blog quite regularly though.
    I plan to write my GRE this september and your website's really helping me a lot with all the newsletters and information.
    Thanks! 🙂

  14. Hi,
    I am rahul, another silent follower; i hav got admits to 3 universities for this fall. This site was very useful to me, When ever i had a question, all i had to do was post it here or search for old post… Thanks lot…

  15. Hi HSB,

    You are so true with everything you pointed out here. Though am a Nigerian, and I've known this blog for more than a year now, but I can't deny the fact that it has helped me tremendously during my search for a school in Canada for my Masters Degree.
    Through this your numerous posts and comments, I've been able to use one stone to kill many birds by getting the right information meant for US applicants and utilizing it well in my Canadian quest and I can tell you confidently that I've been successfully admitted in a University in Canada and by God's grace, I'd be heading to Canada in August for MPH-Master of Public Health.
    Thank you so much for your numerous indirect helps. I've been informing my numerous Nigerian friends about this blogsite which some have started seeing reasons with me.
    I hope to be more helpful and active in anyway possible and most importantly, willing to share my story for those Canadian wanna-be's anytime I am called upon. Thank you so much.

  16. Hi
    Here again is a shy silent passive reader. I will try to be more active.
    Thanks a lot
    ML

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  18. Sir i had written only a few comments in 6 months, although i follow hsb daily.

    I have also contacted you through contact and comments. But some of my ques are still not answered.

    I have admit from1 universityof five what should i answer if asked about applied universities? Also i had applied for EE in some univs. and physics in my admit. Also CSU chico doesn't have physics m.s. program?

    1. @shilpa.

      You must understand that not all people get admit from all univ they apply. it applies even for students here in US. so always say the truth that i applied for 5 and got admit in 1 univ which suits my interest and profile and research and career which which i want to pursue, back it up with some research about the prof whom u r interested and like to pursue there.

      what i mean to say is just dont stop answer in single sentence explain a bit like you like to study there. hope it helps.

  19. i have also subscribed to your newsletter. I don't follow HSB on twittwr or face book because i don't use them regularly. i am not social but i have answered some ques.tudents on hsb which i knew.

  20. Good one this. I was thinking till now that there are so many comments for each post that even if I ask a question in the comments in the comment space, it wont get answer. But I was wrong. There are questions and from now on I ll try and comment them in this space.
    Thanks HSB.

  21. This is a nice post.
    worthy following.
    iam one of the silent followers also/google crawlers…

  22. HI, I study in North South University in Bangladesh. My current CGPA is 3.05..and I have completed 72 credit hours. I am studying in BBA and my concentration is Finance. I’ve been trying to go to USA by transferring my Credit. Or after finishing my Bachelor Degree I want to go USA to admit in a reputed University….Will you guys please help me which University I can go and what’s the academic requirement for enrolling in there..Is that any possible to get a job up there with my present condition…………
    Regards,
    M Khurshed

  23. It was really nice reading this post.Especially now it motivates me to market myself. I visited your site yesterday only. But still i've read lots of your blogs.I'm very passionate about doing my M.S. in U.S. I' m a student of second year Electronics and communication engineering at NITK,surathkal.Can you tell me how and when to start in more specific way.It will really help me alot. Thank you for your good blogs.

  24. hi,

    It is very useful and nice post.I'm pursuing MCA in India.I would like to

    write GRE & TOEFL and more over I want to take the admission by june-2011.

    can you tell me regarding this.

    Thank you.

  25. hii sir,

    I am pursuing my btech 3 rd year Civil engg. and plannin to take GRE next year and TOEFL too and willing to apply for fall 2012.

    The content u posted was so helpful, motivating too. I pity myself being one of them jus checking out the site gettin benifitted and leaving the site with many questions answered within myslf, the main reason is the way i think that i hardly get a reply from the moderators of the blog.

    Got to know the way of thinking myself is not correct, from now i'll surely leave the site satisfied hoping a help of reply from your side sir.

  26. sir,you really outspoke my mind.i was a person who constantly used to visit your site and remain silent just by reading questions posted by others and answers given by you.Now i really noticed how important is to interact,seriously!i'l be a person who'l be remembered by you even in dreams from now on.mark my words sir!

    1. thnks a lot sir i took have found the importance of interacting with each others so that my knowledge also increase with time thnks a lot HSB

  27. Hi HSB,

    Your guidance is helping lots of students like me.I am currently pursuing masters in mechanical engineering.

  28. Hello Sir,

    Thanks a lot for all the kind work, you are doing by helping students.

    I'm an electronics engineering graduate with 70 % aggregate.I wrote my GRE recently and got 1140(V520,Q620),TOFEL-95.I understand that my quant score is very low.So,i'm planning to back it up by adding value to my profile before applying for 2012 spring.

    I have a 1.5 years experience as Software engineer at Infosys.To get a financial stand,i took up this software engineering job.But,i want to pursue my higher studies in electronics only.I'm planning to do my MS in networking..So,to add value to my profile,i'll take up the CISCO certification. I just want to ask,is this a wise decision considering my messed up profile(EC–CS–Back to EC)???

    Thanks & Regards,
    Pawan.

  29. Hi,
    I read your email , but its difficult to reply always, am a silent observer, now will try to be active.

  30. My student visa had refuse for canada the reason embassy give is i am not a bonafide student so i want to know if i apply for the next intake is there any chance to get a visa i had done my mba finance in 2008 after that i have a experience in related field and i score 6band in ielts i want to know wheather i apply again for a canada study permit or i go for a proffessional course in usa kindly resolve my query
    reply asap
    regards
    simran

  31. Hi Raghu,
    I appreciate your frankness that beneficiaries of this blog should be more active-myself inclusive. It speaks volume. It not only helps enrich this blog, it has the potential to permeate other areas of one’s life. You mentioned two key words: branding and marketing, which are salient in this age. I would like to ask these questions: what qualities make up a great brand or put more simply a great personal brand. What does marketing have to do with personal brand? Thank you for your attention.

  32. thanks HSB,
    you made me realized that i m in 21st century and networking (active) plays a vital role in todays life.

  33. Hey me too a silent follower of this blog
    My day starts wit reading one of ur articles dat get mailed to me every mornin giving gr8 fodder 4 thought.
    Thanx 4 being our guiding lite.
    Im planning to go 4 masters in healthcare administration in fall 2013 at CSULB..

    Plz do share sum info here if u get bout CSULB n also job prospects aft MHA
    Thanx again

  34. please provide the details regarding the us colleges offering the courses in electrical and electronics stream

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