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How to stand out at work

Published: Wednesday 6th February 2019

Ever wonder if the work you do goes unnoticed? Do the recruitment decision-makers with the influence to shape your career know that you’re even there? It’s important that when you have successes at work, that it’s recognised. When it’s seen by the right people, it can work wonders for your career. The problem is, in some cases, you have little or no contact with those people in your day-to-day work and start to wonder if you stand out.

Here are a few tips on how you can make sure that you, and your accomplishments get noticed.

Dress the part

Man dressed smartly to stand out

Dress code is important. If you look professional, you’ll be viewed as a professional. However, this does depend on the culture at your firm, so don’t overdo it. If you’re interested in manager jobs, then when it comes to attire, take your cue from your own seniors, but don’t try to look so different that you stand out too much from your own colleagues.

Make connections

Woman making connections, digital icons on a web

Developing a rapport with more senior managers, or even the director within your organisation isn’t just good for your career prospects, it’s a good way to learn more about the business and get tips from those that have been there and done it when it comes to their own careers. You can even CC them in to the occasional email to keep them up to date on your weekly targets.

Be enthusiastic about your role in the bigger picture

It’s important to have a good relationship with your immediate boss also. Outside of annual reviews, take the time to catch up on departmental and wider organisational goals, as well as feedback on how you could improve or better contribute to the company’s strategic goals.

Stand out as a team

stand out Trainee employee being mentored

It’s equally important to have good working relationships with colleagues at your own level. Your working relationships with teammates are constantly being evaluated by your own manager. When it comes to promoting from within the team, how you collaborate with and motivate others will be key when it comes to whether or not you’re the one that’s chosen for progression.

Take the initiative

One sure-fire way to stand out is to go the extra mile and surprise your manager. If there’s a job being delayed somewhere in the department that no one else can take on, no matter how small, try to fit some time into your schedule to make a start on it. Bonus points if you can complete the project.

Get involved

Offer to speak or present at company meetings or event, but don’t focus on your own career aspirations. It’s all about demonstrating that you are committed to company goals and actively looking at ways to contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation.

Getting noticed at work is less about you and more about others. No matter where you want your career to go, whether it’s in project manager jobs or public sector jobs, if others seem to be in ‘survival mode’, that’s your opportunity to demonstrate that you can excel in your own role and motivate your colleagues to perform better. And if you can do that, sooner or later you’ll be managing those colleagues.

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