Seven Ways to Get Noticed at Work
You’re smart, talented, and you work hard. You come in early and stay late. All things that get you ahead, right? Well, not always.
- Have you found that you are slowly slipping into an ambiguous function at work?
- Have people who were hired after you been promoted faster than you?
- Are your co-workers of equal or less talent rising up the ladder quicker than you are?
Out of sight, out of mind isn’t a great strategy for career advancement. If you stay tucked away and head down, your boss might love it because you’re low key but the problem with that behavior is that things may work so smoothly that you’re forgotten about.
P.T. Barnum said, “Without promotion something terrible happens—nothing.”
Self-promotion is tricky and it’s certainly not a comfortable act, particularly to the introvert but it’s crucial for your advancement and compensation.
If you are serious about getting ahead, you can’t wait for someone to tap you on the shoulder. You have to put yourself in the driver’s seat.
You have to be noticed.
How do you get noticed?
MAKE SURE YOUR BOSS KNOWS WHAT YOU DO
You may have a lengthy list of career accomplishments but if you’re the only one who has access to that list, your boss will never understand the full extent of your contributions.
Many employees are disheartened with their annual performance review because it doesn’t always tell the full story. You owe it to yourself to make yourself heard. Help your boss out. When it’s time for raises and promotions to be handed out, your contributions need to be at the forefront of manager’s mind.
Track your accomplishments and have regular conversations with your boss because these systematic discussions will remind your manager of your value—on an ongoing basis, instead of once a year at performance review time.
BUILD A REPUTATION OUTSIDE OF YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION
Can you take something off of your boss’s plate? Is there a high-profile project that others are afraid to tackle? Remember if you want to do something incredible, being comfortable is not the goal. When you want to stand out at work use your job description as the minimum standard that needs to be accomplished, not the guide for excellence.
DON'T PLAY IT SAFE
Did you know that studies have shown that men apply to jobs when they meet only about 60 percent of a job's qualifications, but women only apply when they meet 100 percent of them?
If you are too afraid to apply to new positions, you become your own stumbling block. You get in the way of your own advancement. If you are waiting until you meet 100 percent of the qualifications, you might be waiting a while. Use a little realism in your search but failing to act on an opportunity that could be a great match will only lead to regrets.
FORM KEY ALLIANCES
People who get recognized are people who know people. Build your reputation by forming key alliances. Many people focus hard on trying to impress only their boss and then they alienate or diminish their relationship building efforts with their co-workers, customers, or clients. Don’t focus exclusively on your co-workers who are on the same level because relationship building with all levels of employees will be the formula for success.
PARTICIPATE IN “FORCED FUN” (AKA NETWORKING AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES)
I know, I know. I hear your groans. I feel your pain.
This may not be your thing. Maybe you despise large gatherings. Maybe you have a full schedule. Maybe you just don’t want to hang out with the people from work.
Fair enough but push yourself to do it – at least a little. The extra exposure and the opportunity to build relationships and alliances will never hurt you.
KICK IT KARDASHIAN STYLE
Love Kim Kardashian or hate her, but she knows how to get attention.Your name needs to be seen and heard and you don’t have to be a Kardashian to do that. Start attaching your name to more organizational initiatives. Does your company have a blog or a forum? Are there industry specific blogs that you can start writing to and posting on regularly? Go for it! Be heard.
STRIKE YOUR POWER POSE
And finally, confidence speaks.
Projecting power, authority, and status is a critical element to your nonverbal strategy to impress and get noticed. Hold your head high, push your shoulders back, and keep your rib cage up. This posture makes you look intrepid which helps you project a sense of authority.
Here’s a great Ted talk by Amy Cuddy on how body language shapes us.
Go ahead. Show your boss that you're a valuable part of the organization!
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