I started blogging back in 2007 with the first iteration of the Personal Branding Blog. Each year, I wrote a post giving my predictions for the forthcoming year. In 2007, I talked about the “rise of consultants” and a recent report by MBO Partners shows that by 2020 they will be the majority of the global workforce. In 2008, I explained that more job seekers would embrace personal branding through social media. Recently, Jobvite reported that one in six workers have found a job through social media. In 2009, I predicted that brands would start to understand the social monetization opportunities. Facebook alone will be in charge of 50 percent of online retail by 2015, says Moontoast. Brands use social media for SEO and customer loyalty, both of which generate leads. In 2010, I explained how I felt that soft skills would be looked more highly on than hard skills in the recruiting and promotion process. Careerbuilder released a study showing that the majority of employers view emotional intelligence as being more significant than IQ when recruiting and promoting workers. So much as happened since 2007 that it’s simply mind-blowing to me.
This year, I have 8 personal branding predictions that will help you prepare for the coming year and become more successful.