Have you noticed that those who tend to move ahead in their careers aren’t always the most qualified?
As an introvert starting my career many years ago, this used to frustrate me a lot.
Over time, I realized that keeping a low profile and expecting my work to speak for itself doesn’t always work.
So how do you increase your visibility at work without bragging or stealing the spotlight from others? This blog post will walk you through 3 practical strategies to get noticed at work and support your career advancement.
1. Build and leveraging relationships
I used to hate networking; I always felt like I was bothering people. Then, I met someone at a networking event a couple of years ago. She said she’d learned so much from our conversation. This chat made me realize that networking isn’t one-sided. I also have value to offer. Don’t neglect the power of networking. Move beyond building relationships to leveraging them.
Take the time to get to know people.
These intentional relationships will help you in achieving your career goals. As much as you will receive value from that connection, you will also contribute value.
People like to work with those they know, like, and trust – so don’t be afraid to expand your circle of influence and realize that you have value to provide. In doing so, you will begin to have allies, sponsors and mentors who can vouch for you even when you are not in the room.
Pro tip: If you are working remotely, intentionally carve out some time in your schedule to have Zoom chats with new people and don’t forget to follow up on those you’ve connected with within the past.
2. Demonstrate Your Expertise
When you position yourself as a true expert in your company, you’ll gain a reputation as someone that others can turn to for guidance. This can lead to exciting new opportunities and more exposure. The goal is not to become a ‘yes person.’ Remember to be strategic with the work you take on and assess how it aligns with your long-term career goal.
We shared some strategies to help you create a visibility niche at work in a recent blog post. Read more here.
3. Volunteer or join a board
Getting promoted isn’t about doing your current job well. It’s about showing that you can do the next one even better!
Sometimes your day-to-day work may not provide you with the opportunity to acquire the skills and training you need for the next level. You can create those opportunities through volunteering, joining a board, or other extracurricular activities in such situations. This can provide you with the opportunity to work and deliver results at a high level.
This doesn’t have to take a lot of your time. For example, some board members meet quarterly or semi-annually. Similarly, you may choose to volunteer with an organization for a few hours a week.
The goal is to ensure that this exposes you to people, work and opportunities that will help you move up at work.
It’s easy to think that your boss notices your hard work. People are busy! Your superior has many responsibilities and is managing a team of several other people like you. Remember, you are in control of your career. Make sure your skills and impact are recognized by speaking up. Your voice matters; don’t be afraid to use it! I am sharing a copy of the Ultimate Guide to Work Smart and Get Promoted that outlines 5 areas to focus on to move up in your career.