If you feel you’re constantly being overlooked for promotion or that you never get the recognition you deserve for your performance at work, there’s a good chance you need to be more visible.
But what if you cringe at the idea of self-promotion and hate the thought of having to boast about your achievements? Thankfully there are ways you can get noticed, both by your employers and your colleagues – without being heavy-handed.
Here are some tips on increasing your visibility at the office (especially if you find pushing yourself doesn’t come naturally):
1. Get to know your co-workers
Spending some time every day talking to the people you work with can help build a positive support network inside your office. So instead of emailing or messaging your co-workers, try to have face-to-face conversations with them. Make time to talk to your colleagues about their work duties and even their personal lives. Listen to any problems they may be having and try to offer advice – your efforts will be rewarded.
Also aim to build up your network with people outside of your immediate professional circle – people from other departments, for instance. This could help your manager or employer to notice you more often and see you as an asset to the company.
2. Support your colleagues
If there are others in your office who also work hard and get little recognition, try to speak highly of them to your manager or employer. It’s often much easier to praise others than yourself, and there’s also a good chance your colleague will recognise your achievements too and return the favour. Also, if your colleagues start to see you as a positive and supportive person, it’s only a matter of time before your reputation starts to spread further up the command chain.
3. Speak up
Those who find it difficult to speak and share their ideas at meetings are more likely than others to have visibility issues at work. But remember, it’s natural for most of us to be nervous about contributing in group situations. Even the most confident person can find speaking to a group unnerving (even if they don’t show it).
The trick to speaking up is to be prepared. If you know what you want to say in advance, make notes and even write out what you want to say beforehand. That way it’s much more likely that you’ll take the plunge and speak. And by making a clear statement, you’ll appear calm, upbeat and self-assured. This may help your colleagues and employer to recognise that you’re a willing and worthy team player.
4. Take on new challenges
When your employer or manager asks for volunteers to take on new projects or tasks, consider offering your services – but only if you can afford to increase your workload (in other words, don’t take on more work than you can handle). Expanding your responsibilities may expose you to more people in and out of your workplace. It may also help to get you noticed as someone who is keen to help and learn new skills.
5. Keep up with the trends
Try to stay up to date with what’s happening in the company you work for as well as your industry by reading trade publications and company newsletters. You may find the knowledge you gain invaluable at some point. Also look for opportunities to be visible to others in your industry – write letters to trade magazines, for instance, or articles that you could publish on social media sites such as LinkedIn.
And remember: keep your social media presence professional. It’s fine to share your thoughts on the latest industry trends and technology on LinkedIn, Twitter and even Facebook. But try to avoid posting messages about your personal or social life.
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