If you’ve been in your job a while, you might feel like you’ve become part of the furniture. Do you just feel like one in a crowd? Maybe you feel you’re working hard but not being acknowledged. There are a whole bunch of things, big and small, that you can do to get noticed in the office and put the zing back in your career.
Don’t sit back and wait to be allocated work. Volunteer for projects and become known as someone who won’t shirk responsibility.
Take the initiative and do what needs to be done, without waiting to be asked to do it.
Building relationships goes a long way in making you a familiar and likable person in the office. Make an effort to talk to people and find points of connection, whether it’s sport, pets or kids. Greet colleagues when you arrive and leave the office. Talk to people in the lunch room. Chat before meetings.
- Be positive
Don’t be the person who always sees problems. Be the person who focusses on solutions. There will always be people who see faults or be critical. You will stand out by being one of the cheerleaders or fixers.
- Steer your career
You can take control and be proactive in setting and achieving your career goals. Have a defined idea of where you want to go and when. Set your timetable for promotion and not someone else’s. You can build in skills development, networking and project positioning around your requirements as needed.
- Be a good teammate
Make sure you do your best to help the team operate as one and do what needs to be done to get the job done. Help set up the room for the product launch or presentation. Offer to proofread reports. Be open and public in your support for your colleagues and your manager. Do not gossip or talk about them behind their back.
- Network in good faith
Good networking is not a ruthless process of collecting people who will advance your career. Enjoy your networking by grounding it in kindness. Be nice to people because it feels good and oils the wheels of working together. Think of connecting laterally as well as upwards. You never know where colleagues or contacts will end up. They may be in a position one day to remember that you were the person who helped them clean up after a meeting or got the audiovisual equipment to work or called them a cab when they were in a hurry.
Hold the elevator for the person who’s running late – you never know if you might be seeing them on the other side of an interview desk!