Sometimes the biggest challenge isn’t being going at your job – it is standing out. Sometimes people feel like their achievements aren’t being acknowledged at work, which can be very frustrating.
There are also lots of advantages to standing out – you are more likely to be chosen for a promotion or a pay raise.
Here are 5 tips to help you stand out at work.
Speak up in meetings. Meetings often feel like a huge waste of time, but they do give you the opportunity to interact with your bosses. Try to participate in every meeting, even if it is just one or two comments.
Speak to people who you don’t directly work with. Don’t just talk to your immediate team unless you want to go under the radar. Speak to other teams that you work with and your bosses – this way, other people are much more likely to notice if you are working hard.
Make sure that you bring something to the table. Imagine you were replaced by someone with the relevant qualifications tomorrow – do you think that they would do a better job? If you want to stand out, you have to be a great candidate who brings something to the table, instead of taking something away.
Turn all of your work in on time. Boring, but true.
Do things without being asked. No-one wants to work for free, but the people who go above and beyond are always more memorable than the slackers. It is important to mention the completed task to your bosses later so that they know it was you – if not, they may assume it was someone else. Mention the task briefly and move on so you don’t come across as braggy.