What’s in it for me?
That was always one of the first questions one of my work colleagues had when we had to work on a file or a project. I remember I found him so selfish at the beginning because, for me, the job had to be done, no matter what. So we were clashing often with those two totally working ethic.
Over the years, I realized that his philosophy was giving him more positive in his working carreer than mine.
Why was that possible? I was working my butt off but was not as recognized as he was. Managers always took me for granted and they always had to ask him if the new job to do was ok with him!!! Unbelievable!!!
I realized that in order to move up the ladder, you have to shout it loud and strong.
Busy bees like me were not noticed and were never considered for promotion because we were doing well what was asked from us and we were doing much more than what was asked from us without asking for a financial compensation. Sounds familiar?
I hope not for you because if it sounds familiar, you now have to work hard to change your way of selling yourself at work. Actually, you have to start promoting yourself at work if you want to become noticed by management and if you want to move ahead in your working career.
Here are some tips from Lisa Quast that may help you with your career:
Sometimes, just coming to work each day and 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, if that’s your goal), you need to do outstanding work that will get you 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 and so that coworkers and management will have an opportunity to see how great you are.
- 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 coworkers. Don’t wait for someone to approach you; offer your help to others when it appears they might need some help. Don’t expect any return favors – help others because you want to, not because you expect something in return.
- Continuously prove that you’re an asset to the company. 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 then 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 aspirations, create a career development plan and then share this information with your boss and ask for his or her help and support.