By Bob Roth
On Building A Reputation
Your reputation is the opinion that others have of you with respect to your abilities, attainments, integrity and character. That reputation is formed as others observe you, listen to you and learn about your accomplishments. Since you control your words, behavior, generosity, trustworthiness, friendliness, fairness, respectfulness, goals and body language, you have a great deal of control over your reputation.
As your accomplishments grow, your reputation will grow too. Initially, you will have a reputation at home, in school and in the community. However, as you get older and you participate in campus, work and community activities, your reputation may begin to expand. For some, their reputations will eventually extend beyond the local area and may be recognized statewide, regionally, nationwide or even worldwide. Newspapers, Radio and TV Programs, as well as a variety of Internet and Social Networking sites, may put your publicly recognized reputation in front of nearly everyone in the world.
Importantly, a good reputation is something to be protected. That’s because a good reputation will make introductions easy, open doors, make it easy to obtain help and gather the resources that are needed to make things happen.
How can students build a good reputation?
Student Character – When someone is honest, truthful and trustworthy, he/she presents an image that everyone should aspire to. People with character operate with integrity and stand up for what is right. Importantly, they are able to influence people, decisions and actions, because others respect them. All of those things are important, if you want to build a good reputation.
Student Communication – Every form of communication contributes to a person’s reputation. Their attitude, body language, tone of voice, volume, vocabulary, slang, presentation, writing and negotiation skills all leave others with feelings and memories. People with good reputations are able to use their superior communication skills to get things done and make things better.
Student Performance – Good reputations are usually built by people who do more and better than expected or required. They achieve results that are recognized by others as being significant and valuable. People with good reputations tackle problems head on, overcome obstacles and make good things happen.
When a recruiter talks about a college student, there are few greater compliments than having an employer comment on the student’s good reputation. The better the reputation, the greater the chances are that the student will be offered a great job with a respected organization.
Advice to Parents: Whether we realize it or not, everyone has a reputation. When that reputation is good, it’s like having a personal concierge, someone who can make our lives easier. That’s why young adults would be wise to build and protect a reputation that will serve them well, as they go through college and advance in their careers. Parents should reinforce that thought.
Often precedes but also follows
Works for you or against you
Can be lost but never found
Will open doors or shut them tight[adToAppearHere]
Bob Roth, a former campus recruiter, is the author of four books: The College Student’s Companion, College Success: Advice for Parents of High School and College Students, The College Student’s Guide To Landing A Great Job -and- The 4 Realities Of Success During and After College. Known as The “College & Career Success” Coach, Bob writes articles for College Career Services Offices, Campus Newspapers, Parent Associations and Employment Web Sites. Bob has created The Job Identification Machine™, a system that colleges use to identify thousands of employment opportunities for students.[adToAppearHere]
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