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Are you a Stand Out or a Stand Down? Steps to Get Noticed at Work

by Kim on January 27, 2016

If you find yourself in a career stall or unmotivated by the daily grind, you might want to consider stepping out of your box, taking a chance or assuming more responsibility. In your workplace, you can either build a reputation as a doer or risk not having any reputation at all because nobody knows you or your potential.

Typically, when you are hired as part of a company, you should BECOME part of the company, not just a worker bee. If you live your workplace life just getting by or being satisfied with the status quo, you could be risking your career and any chance to get ahead, either in your current company or when seeking a new role. Even if you are the quiet type, there are still some steps you can take to get noticed.

  • Recognize what you’re good at and how you can become more proactive with it. Even if it’s the job of your boss to establish specific tasks, you can take things a step further if you know that doing A, B or C is adequate, but step D will make it significantly better (obviously this must be something that benefits the organization without changing the status quo too much yet still shows your resourcefulness).
  • Tighten up your organizational skills so that you can make deadlines or complete projects in a more efficient manner. When you do this repeatedly, no matter how small the job, you demonstrate that you are someone who can be counted on. When others around you can rely on you for consistently completing projects, you WILL be noticed. Start jotting down a list of requests or needs and finish them, and maintain a working calendar so you know can be decisive when asked about deadlines or deliverables.
  • Learn to like meetings, even though they are frequently the groan of workplace existence. Better yet, pay attention in meetings and try to participate or offer ideas so you come across as interested and engaging vs. “just sitting there” waiting for the meeting to end. If you don’t agree with a plan or idea, it’s fine to offer suggestions as long as you remain courteous and respectful, especially if you’ve done some pre-planning to better understand the meeting agenda.
  • Project the right image through your dress, grooming and mannerisms. While that might seem a little hokey or if it should go without saying that we should look nice at work, how you present yourself is still important. Most of us make first impressions based on how someone looks, even if we don’t want to admit it. If your style is sloppy vs. polished, people will begin to form certain impressions. Even if you are the go-too person for just about everything and have a stellar performance record, that sloppy look you feel comfortable in is still going to be part of your reputation. As my mom always said, “When you look good, you feel good…when you feel good, you do good.” Still rings true all these years later.

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