How To Get Noticed!
How to get noticed can often be tricky but it can be done without feeling as though you are being pushy! Are you one of those people who often feel that at work you are not noticed? You work hard, you are punctual, you deliver results, you are a good team player, pleasant to work with, yet despite all of this you are never noticed by your line manager, senior managers or colleagues? It’s like you are invisible!
Often, when we perform well, we become taken for granted, and consequently praise goes to others whose performance is not as consistently good as ours. Seems a strange concept doesn’t it…yet, when we are a true team player, our good nature, commitment and high standards often become “accepted” and consequently, our efforts go unnoticed and unrewarded.
SO HOW DO YOU GET NOTICED?
By being invisible, your efforts will be overlooked, and rewards will go to others. It’s a difficult position to be in, and a difficult one to extricate yourself from. However, if your career is to progress, you do need to get noticed and be visible to others! So, how can you recover from this position?
DEVELOP UNIQUE SKILLS
If you are a good all-rounder, you are likely to be appointed to a role, as you will be seen as “versatile” or a “generalist”. In other words, someone who can turn their hand to a variety of tasks and save the organisation money in the short-term. Initially, you will be seen as a valued employee, as opposed to someone who can offer skills in only or two very specific areas. However, in the long term, and particularly as organisations expand, specialists are needed, and will become a key focus of recruitment activity. Consequently, the generalists, once so highly valued, are over-looked.
If you recognise yourself in the above scenario, take a step back and think about how you can become a “specialist” in your own right. What skills will the organisation need in the longer term to deliver its strategic aims? Can you perform these skills? If not, can you develop them? And, how will you promote that you possess these skills? By promoting your skills, you will again be noticed for your efforts and successes.
Technical skills are the usual source of demand however, more and more organisations are placing an increasing emphasis on “soft skills” e.g. emotional intelligence, communication skills, coaching, problem solving. These are professional skills in their own right and every high performing team will need team members with these skills. See our blog:
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Even specialists with highly sought after technical skills need to have these skills. Good team players are often highly emotionally intelligent, have great communication skills and can identify strengths in others and draw effectively on these for the benefit of the organisation. Helping the organisation to deliver its strategic aims will also get you noticed.
DEVELOP YOUR NETWORK
Again, this is a skill that is so often over-looked, more often than not because we worry that if we are seen to promote ourselves we will be considered arrogant etc. This form of self-sabotage causes us to miss out on developing effective working relationships which again can get us noticed. If this is you, see our blog:
So how do you build a network to get you noticed? Think about how you can help others. When you help others, they will help you too. And if you look after these relationships, you will develop allies. By talking to these allies, you can highlight areas of interest, projects you would like to become involved in, the skills you can offer and so forth. Your allies are more likely to remember you and indeed recommend you when opportunities arise. This will help you to develop your reputation within the organisation, and build networks more widely.
NOTE AND BE PROUD OF YOUR SUCCESSES
When you’ve got your nose to the grindstone, it is easy to forget or overlook your accomplishments. Consequently, at your annual appraisal you may forget or indeed trivialise these successes, and this will only serve to not secure you the praise and recognition you deserve; it becomes a vicious circle.
Keep a reflective diary and note all of your achievements. If you receive an email thanking you for a great piece of work, keep the email. Make a note of when and where you have exceeded performance expectations. It’s hard to do this on a consistent basis however, by setting aside 20 – 30 minutes each week, you will quickly build up a good record of your achievements. Capture all of this in your appraisal documentation as evidence of the value you bring to the organisation. This makes it easier for your line manager to give appropriate recognition and praise.
PROMOTING YOUR OWN IDEAS AS YOUR OWN IDEAS
It is not uncommon for us to share a great idea we have had with a colleague we trust, to then sit at a meeting and hear the very same person present your idea as their own! This is frustrating, but more importantly, makes you even more invisible. So, how do you make sure you receive the recognition for your ideas.
If this happens frequently, make a note of every time it occurs. Ask yourself, what stopped you from presenting it as your idea in the first place. Gently, at the meeting register that it was actually your idea, with a comment along the lines of “I am pleased you support my idea and I am grateful to you for raising it here today”. Where possible, “watermark” your work (this is a feature of Microsoft Word) and save it as a PDF document.
PUT YOURSELF FORWARD FOR MORE RESPONSIBILITY
By this we don’t mean become a general dogsbody! Where appropriate, and only if you have the capacity, put yourself forward for more responsibility. This is particularly valuable if it will help you enhance or develop new skills.
A good opportunity usually presents itself when improvement to a process is required. If you have a creative disposition, and enjoy problem solving use these skills to good effect. Suggest solutions, and say how very much you would like an opportunity to become involved and deliver a successful outcome. As tempting as it may be however, don’t forget your day job! Delivering on one project to not deliver on core activity will win you few friends and the effect you so desire may be reversed.
Here are some more top tips to get noticed:
- Be visible – talk to people, don’t rely in email. Engage in conversation that is social rather than always work related, and build the rapport and trust with others. Make a point of finding out at least one personal thing about each of your co-workers e.g. do they have children, if so, how old etc? ask after the children every so often.
- Recognise the efforts of others – congratulate others, give recognition for work well done, and make sure where others have helped you, that you identify and make public their contribution.
- Keep abreast of industry developments – read trade journals, subscribe to websites, read blogs. Reference any relevant reading when in conversation.
- Secure a mentor – Mentors can share their knowledge and experience and give you a safe sounding board to share your thoughts and feelings. By rehearsing any future conversation, this gives you a platform to manage the conversation successfully.
- Get involved with social activities – does your organisation run pub quizzes? Does it have a particular charity is raises money for? By getting involved will help you to build working relationships outside of your own immediate work area.
NOW ITS YOUR TURN!
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