A few weeks ago I had my first performance review at my current employer (mentioned here). I wasn’t expecting a whole lot since I’ve only been working at this company for about 8 months. To my delight, I actually received a job promotion and a nice raise! My manager explained what I was doing well and what she noticed as a manger. Some of her comments actually surprised me. She pointed out things I was doing but didn’t necessarily notice as well as things I knew were important and made a point to do well. Corporate America is very competitive and climbing the corporate ladder is a huge challenge. I personally try to do as much as reasonable possible to get ahead. I don’t work 14-hour days but there are many other ways to get noticed for your work. Here are ten ways to get noticed at work:
1. Be on time, every time. Be the person who is always on time. Don’t be late in the morning and don’t be late to meetings. It’s noticeable when someone is chronically late. Don’t get that reputation.
2. Always be ready to take notes. You never know when you will need to take notes. Try to always be prepared to take notes.
3. Think about the next step. Don’t just complete your assigned task. Try to think about what needs to get done next and offer to help out. Taking initiative will show your employer that you are ready for more responsibility.
4. Ask questions, but don’t repeat them. If you have a question, ask it. Don’t be afraid to ask. Take notes so you don’t forget the answer. There is nothing more irritating than someone who asks the same question over and over.
5. Get Involved. Here’s an easy and fun way to get noticed at work. Join your co-workers for happy hour. Show up for the annual picnic. Just make a little effort to be involved. Not only does it look good, but being involved can be fun if you make it fun.
6. Volunteer. Is there a new project that needs to get done? Offer to take the lead. It doesn’t have to be a huge project but taking initiative and managing a process well will really make you shine.
7. Be organized. Have you ever gone into someone’s office and have a hard time concentrating on a discussion because that person’s office is just full of crap? I have. Do everyone a favor and keep your space clean and stress-free.
8. Adapt to technology. Be on top of software updates, new programs and opportunities to utilize technology. Some people in your office will struggle with using technology. Be willing to help and show others how to use new technology.
9. Specialize. For whatever reason, I’ve been dubbed the Adobe PDF expert in my department. Many people in my group don’t know how to use the program and I happened to use this program a lot at my last job. I get PDF questions several times a month from various people. I love helping and my coworkers appreciate the help. It doesn’t matter what your expertise is, but try to find one.
10. Bring Donuts. Ok I am half joking on this one. But seriously. You should see my coworkers stampede to the break room when someone brings in treats : ) It definitely makes work more enjoyable when people have fun and bring in treats.
As you can see, most of my tips for getting noticed at work are about the little things. You don’t need to solve a world problem to get noticed at work. I think managers appreciate a hard worker. They love it when their employees know how to work smart (by doing things like taking notes and asking questions). It’s all about showing consistency and dedication. These are the things that get your manager’s attention and help them justify giving you a raise and/or promotion.
What are your tips for getting noticed at work? Are you a manager? What stands out to you when you work with your employees?
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