There is a need to show to your colleagues and seniors about your skills and the reason why you exist in the company – whether it’s a large organization or small. You need to enhance your visibility to get more responsibility and recognition. Getting noticed at work – in a good way – is usually key to getting promoted. And while that’s not news to anybody, surprisingly, few of us really know what it takes to stand out from the pack. Here 10 great tips that you can put to practice right away and BOOST your confidence at work.
Have you ever wondered “Why did they get promoted and not me?” Or “ What is it about me that makes me feel like I blend into the background? So it is time to step up and stand out!
Here are 12 things to think about to help you stand out and get noticed for all of the great things that you are doing!
So I wonder … how noticeable are you?
Sometimes we can get in the way of our own career success, without even realizing it. We stay quiet in meetings, we fail to let anyone know about the work we are doing, waiting and hoping that someone will notice or we deflect credit or accolades that do come our way.
The truth is that being competent in your role is not enough! Leadership success is not just about how technically proficient you are. It’s also about the relationships you build and getting known throughout the entire business for all the right reasons.
Give, give, and give
When you want to make connections with others, figure out how you can support them first.
Always comes first and is perhaps most important mantra to step up the ladder of success. Learn to prioritize your work and complete all the tasks and assignments given on time.
Knowing how to approach issues and confrontations will be the difference between being perceived as a rabble-rouser and being lauded as a problem solver. Remember, disagreeing doesn’t mean disrespecting.
Care about people
It’s easy to want to just be there for the good, but you get noticed when you are also willing to be there for the bad. Make connections with people just because you want to connect. Ask how they are doing, see how you can help. Genuine caring cannot be faked, and it goes a really REALLY long way towards building real relationships and trust.
Help Your Colleagues Succeed
One of the most powerful and rarely discussed success factors to employ in your career is the ability to share the momentum that you are building with others. Helping your colleagues succeed is a sign of self-confidence, self-trust, teamwork and collaborative leadership.
The more opportunities you create for others, the more the door will open for you. This is why networking and knowing how to align yourself with the right people is so critically important throughout your career.
Beyond your comfort zone
If you want to be noticed for your achievements, you need to take steps to create them in the first place. By seeing things from different perspectives and exploring outside you’re usual routine you get to develop your skills and discover new abilities. You might even catch the eye of a senior colleague who needs someone like you to help create new opportunities for the business.
Walk around for 15 minutes everyday
Offices are like mini-families. Most of us spend up to 11 hours a day in close proximity, sharing the same office space, facilities, etc. with our work colleagues. Everyone shares responsibility for making the company work, run smoothly and stay profitable. Keep aside about 15 minutes a day to take a round, greet all the people you know with a smile and exchange pleasantries.
Attend company events
especially those attended by leadership team members. While there, introduce yourself and talk with senior level executives. Let them know the kinds of projects you are working on and ask them questions about the initiatives they are involved in. And, if an opportunity arises which makes sense, volunteer to help out.
Interact well with your boss
Just talk about the concerns and how you want to tackle them. Regular one on one conversation is very important. Don’t wait for your boss to call on you. One should not sound frightened and too casual at the same time.
Don’t wait to be asked – Exceed Expectations
Take the initiative and do little things that impact the team, without being asked. Preparing progress reports, putting back-ups in place or setting up reminders — it’s a sure way to be noticed in a hurry.
Finding your voice without treading on toes may take effort, but it’s the sensible alternative to becoming the human version of a flashing neon sign. Let your talents glow and persuade, rather than dazzle and daze. It’s time to get out there and show them what you’re made of!
If you’ve got a really good idea or you’re burning to get something out or to criticize what’s going on, stand up and speak out. Live and work as truthfully, creatively and outspokenly as you can. Don’t be bashful.
Be a mentor
Don’t be selfish with your own knowledge. Sharing is a great way to be noticed. Sharing regularly with the same people may not have immediate benefits but in the long-term you will reap the rewards and so will they.
Remember; do not try too hard to be noticed. Always look your best, show up early, speak positively, take the time for small talk, take on new tasks, and remain cool under pressure. If you follow these steps you are sure to be noticed how work.
What are you going to do tomorrow to get noticed?