Going to work each day and doing your job isn’t always enough if you want to get promoted or be given great projects or assignments. Here are some outstanding strategies for standing out at work.
Sometimes, doing your job isn’t enough to get yourself noticed by upper management. If you want to get great assignments and projects or be promoted into higher-level jobs, you’ll need to do things that make you stand out from others (in a good way).
Here are some of the best ways to get noticed at work:
Do an absolutely excellent job with every task, every day. Doing so-so work won’t get you noticed. To stand out — and get promoted — you need to do outstanding work that will be seen by your boss and others in management roles. Look for ways you can go above and beyond the daily requirements to demonstrate how you add value to the organization.
Volunteer. Raise your hand and volunteer for projects or work assignments where you can use your skills to help other employees, so co-workers and management will have an opportunity to see your abilities.
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Work hard to get along with everyone. Learn how to play nice with others. Flex your style so you can get along with any personality type, even if you don’t like the person.
Offer to help co-workers. Don’t wait for someone to approach you; offer your help to others when it appears they might need assistance. Don’t expect any return favors – help others because you want to, not because you expect something in return.
Become an expert in something. People turn to the experts for advice and to solve problems. Look for areas in your organization where you can put your skills to use and become an expert. Then, volunteer for projects that will allow you to use these skills and show them off.
Continuously prove that you’re an asset. You might have done a great job completing a recent project. But guess what? Now, you have to do it all over again. Every day when you go to work, you need to prove your value to your boss.
Create a career development plan and share it with your manager. Never forget that your career is your responsibility. Start treating yourself like a product that you work on improving, year after year. Define your career goals, create a career development plan and then share this information with your boss and ask for his or her help and support.