You are in the driver’s seat of your career advancement. You will need to take action, work hard and demonstrate success, but you will also need to get yourself noticed. If you do not stand out in the crowd of coworkers around you, it will be much harder to have the career experience that you want. You don’t need to wear a badge or demonstrate behaviors that shout, “Look at me.” Here are some simple ways to get noticed at work.
Submit quality work, on time and more than expected. How many times have you seen coworkers show up to work with the intention to do only what is asked and described in their job responsibility statement? They may get noticed, but not for career advancement opportunities. Prove that you want to add value, that not only can you exceed expectations but that you add a unique value that no one else can, and you are indispensable.
Be a go to resource. When your colleagues at any level in the company need assistance, information or advice, you want to be the one they turn to to seek fresh insight or a unique perspective regarding anything related to your expertise.
Show up prepared. Whether for a meeting or a networking event your professional presence should indicate bold confidence. You don’t want to appear to be avoiding interaction and hoping no one will notice you. The one way to engage with confidence and leave a positive impression is to prepare. Review the agenda, read reports ahead of time and be prepared to engage in discussions which require your perspective and input. Know who will be present and have something to say to them to engage in conversation, or that will help advance a project or solve a problem they are working on.
Career advancement definitely depends on getting yourself noticed, and you can get noticed through quality work, being known as the go to person, and showing up prepared and confident to participate.