Bragging rights: Know when to talk yourself up

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Come up with a brag bag – a list of your accomplishments, passions, interests and colorful details – that describe who you are personally and professionally. Update it weekly.

n Take opportunities in the lunchroom or on the elevator to make co-workers or supervisors aware of exciting projects you are working on.

n Focus on a few key contacts, people who can make a difference in your career and make a point to get in front of them.

n Avoid taking undue credit or coming across as disingenuous.

n Get creative with why people should be interested in you.

n When asked what you do, show excitement about your work, your family, your hobbies.

n Know when to brag.

Source: The Miami Herald. Peggy Klaus, author and consultant; Cynthia Wesley, CEO of Black Recruiters Network Association

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