Climbing the career ladder can be an unfair journey. Some people seem to fall into promotions and pay rises out of sheer luck, while others miss out despite slaving away every night.
Doing a good job and staying back late doesn’t mean you are going to fast track your career to success. You might be truly passionate and have amazing skills, but if they’re teamed with a lack of self-promotion then you could be invisible when it comes to promotion.
Dedicate some of your week to becoming unique from the rest of the pack, so the important people around you will not only learn your name but understand how important you are to the company.
Get noticed for the right reasons and plan your moves wisely. This doesn’t mean sucking up shamelessly to senior management, taking credit for other people’s work or confidently swanning around the office.
Sometimes you’re the belle of the ball and sometimes you’re in the background. Being alert to your coworker’s needs and offering to help in times of need is the best way to establish yourself as a team player. Stepping up without expecting any benefit will never go unappreciated or unnoticed
Stay alert for any opportunities and put your hand up for anything and everything that could help show off your skills. This shows that you are able to go above and beyond the call of duty. Just remember never to take on more than you can handle, but if you feel you can have a good crack at it then your boss will respect you.
All companies have a bottom line, and if you’re bringing in new business opportunities, you will always be seen as a great asset. It doesn’t matter if you have been hired for a sales role, it’s all about contributing in a bigger way. Always maintain an awareness of the opportunities around you regardless of your department.
It can be daunting speaking up in meetings and expressing your true opinion. but this shows that you are valuable and enthusiastic. Keep your bosses up to date with projects and don’t be afraid to suggest new ideas. Send a biweekly email with updates, wins and suggestions.
Are there tasks that have been lingering on your boss’s to do list for a few weeks? Are the office plants calling out for water? Taking on the jobs that no one else wants to do is a great way to get notices. You will be seen as reliable and your boss will become more comfortable delegating tasks that could potentially lead to your dream position.
People who get big things done are people who know people. Get to know people in other departments and make the effort to go to Friday drinks. Chat to people in the kitchen, say hello to new people and become everyone’s friend. Before you know it, people will know who you are. If you get your name out there, you will be more likely to be considered for upcoming opportunities.
Every element of your professional life will improve if you get to know your colleagues and making them feel comfortable getting to know you. Once you’ve broken the ice, you won’t feel nearly as awkward next time you’re both in the lift.
People can often overlook your efforts, even if you consistently work hard. If this happens to you, it’s up to you to get noticed and stay in their thoughts, so you can keep moving toward your career goals.