“I sometimes feel my hard work is “invisible”. Yet I dread the idea of tooting your own horn” what suggestions do you have to help me promote myself that doesn’t smack of showing off?”
There’s a well know saying: “It’s not what you know …but who you know?”
Well in today’s fast-paced changing workplace, replace it with this: “It’s not only what you know, it’s not only who you know, but, as important, it’s who knows you.”
In order to be known, you can’t just stand there and wait for things to happen. Don’t assume people will notice the wonderful quality of your work or that of your department. Rather, build your reputation as a can-do professional or leader. Successful people don’t hide their achievements. They broadcast them at the right time and the right place.
7 Ways to Get Visibility for You and Your Team’s Efforts.
If you see a new project or role that will help you expand your skills, take advantage of it. Do this, particularly if it’s one that has high visibility or has a significant impact on the bottom line.
Make yourself visible.
Spend a few minutes every day greeting and talking with your co-workers. Speak to colleagues face-to-face from time to time, instead of sending emails or instant messages. Go to some of the social events and after hour get-togethers. Remember the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.”
Build a network of allies.
Stay in touch with clients, supplier, partners and industry leaders because they also need to know of your accomplishments. They can be a great source of information, contacts, and referrals.
Focus on success, not failure.
At meetings report on what is working well and what is on track. This brings attention to both you and your team’s achievements. Avoid focusing only on struggles or frustrations.
Show a little of your personal side.
It adds color and depth to your professional image. Personal interests help other people to identify and remember you an especially important advantage in large organizations or in the crowded marketplace.
Help others understand your value.
People are too busy to notice everything you and your team do and recognize the value to the company. It’s up to you to find ways to summarize and package the benefits of your work and that of your department. Don’t hog the glory – share it.
Get involved in company charity events.
Volunteer for community activities, represent the company at a telethon, be the person in charge collecting funds for disaster relief, etc. This expands your network and helps people see you in a different light – not just the IT person who makes sure the systems work or the HR rep who explains company policies and procedures.
Smart Moves Tip:
People can often overlook your efforts, even if you consistently work hard. It’s up to you to get noticed and stay in their thoughts, so you can keep moving toward your career goals. Build a high-quality network, track your accomplishments, take on additional responsibilities whenever possible and work in areas that are important to your organization. Also, see What’s Your Reputation As a Leader? Are You Building Bridges or Walls?
Readers, what’s your experience with promoting yourself? What did you find easy to do and what did your dread? Has it helped your career?
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