Become a familiar face to the ones in high places.
You’re an exceptional worker. You go above and beyond when it comes to contributing to the success of your company. However, does the big boss know your name?
Most times, no matter how good you are at your job, it can be hard to move up the career ladder if the person in charge doesn’t take notice of you or the things you do.
Don’t despair though; there is something you could do to change this. Take action and get yourself on your boss’s radar (in a good way). Click below for some tips on how you can do that.
1. Get to work early – The early bird gets the worm!
Stop snoozing that alarm and try to get yourself earlier to work. It doesn’t have to be much, but something like 10 minutes before most of your colleagues should do the trick. Most bosses haven’t gotten to their current positions by being late to work. If yours is usually in early, they will take notice of your dedication. You may even get some time to squeeze in a casual conversation.
Even if that doesn’t go as planned in the end, there are loads of reasons as to why getting to work early is beneficial. Not sure? Just give it a try and see how it goes.
2. Be brave and make the first move.
Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Why not consider it at least though? It can be just a simple “Hi” or “How has your day been?” as you pass each other in the hall. If you can chat with them in a casual atmosphere like at the break room or at some office event then even better!
Ask questions and be prepared to really listen to the answers. What does your boss really care about? Family? Sports? A particular project at work at the moment? when you find out where their focus lays, that’s when you can start relating to them on that level. Don’t go trying to talk yourself up, simply converse and listen well.
After you have had a few conversations with your boss, no matter of the topic, you will definitely be on their radar. And now is when you can start building yourself up little by little by talking about your work and successes.
3. Speak up at meetings.
Employees who remain silent in team meetings are usually overlooked as people who do not have much to contribute. You might be an introvert and speaking out isn’t exactly your thing, but you still need to contribute. Are your projects are going well? Let them know! Are there potential problems on the company’s horizon? Offer your suggestions on how deal with them. Every boss loves a problem solver.
By speaking up at team meetings you are basically putting yourself out there, which is going to make you noticed by everyone and especially your boss. So make sure what you mention, leaves a great impression.
4. Become more involved.
Best way? Team building events is the answer. These types of events usually take a fair amount of time and effort to set up and execute. By volunteering to take part, you are going to come across as someone who cares and is looking for more engagement with the company.
Want to really get noticed? Present a new idea. Maybe think of a fun way to raise money for the company’s main charity? Or mention a cool new activity to try out for the next team building event. Take the lead, suggest and organise something new for the company.
5. Branch out.
Use your different talents and skills to aid other departments at work. If you have some spare time, try and help out a colleague or two here or there. By working in a cross-departmental way you can most definitely benefit yourself and learn some new things.
In this way, you will not only be able to boost your CV with different experiences but you will also be able to get a better understanding of your company whilst positively boosting your reputation throughout it. The boss will recognize you as a versatile and valuable person once they hear from those colleagues you have helped out.
6. Be fun!
Happy and outgoing and slightly playful people at work not only show their own happiness but increase it in others. No boss wants to see employees who act like they’re grinding away at a job that makes them sad and miserable. Try to find a way to do your work well and still have fun at the same time. There are many ways to keep an upbeat approach that will make you and the ones around you happy. If you achieve that you will become a force that will hardly be missed by those in the higher places.
If you want your career to keep on moving forward, you need to get those at the top to notice you and the work that you do. We aren’t talking about bland self-promotion, but simply getting noticed. Of course, even great bosses may not have the time to notice all their good employees in the company so make sure you are among the ones they do notice. Think of positive ways to stand out in the crowd that make you impossible to ignore. Once you have the boss’s attention, it’s up to you to make a long-lasting good impression.
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