By Meg Guiseppi
So says the 2010 Kelly Global Workforce Index, which surveyed approximately 134,000 people across 29 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
Specifically, Kelly's Executive Vice President and CEO, George Corona, said,
"In taking control of their careers, a strong personal brand becomes critical for individuals in helping to differentiate themselves and gain future employment. Many people are now embracing the idea of operating as 'free agents', and accepting responsibility for managing their own careers and enhancing their marketability."
All respondents to the survey, worldwide, agreed that verbal communication skill is the most important element in defining one's brand, followed by technical knowledge, resumes, written communications, personal attire and social media usage.
More than half surveyed said they were willing to invest in improving their skills.
Two-thirds saw a career change or reinvention in their future. "Not only has the job-for-life disappeared but the career-for-life is going the same way," Kelly's Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Mike Webster, said.
Key findings among North American respondents:
Have you embraced personal branding to accelerate your job search?
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Meg Guiseppi, Job-Hunt's Personal Branding Expert and 20+ year careers industry veteran, has earned 10 certifications, including Reach Certified Personal Branding Strategist, Reach Social Branding Analyst – LinkedIn Profile Strategist, and Certified Executive Resume Master. Meg is the author of "23 Ways You Sabotage Your Executive Job Search and How Your Brand Will Help You Land." Connect with Meg at ExecutiveCareerBrand.com for c-suite personal branding and executive job search help and on Google+ and Twitter (@MegGuiseppi).