If you want to have a good career, you need people to notice you. When people notice you and see how good you are at your job, they’ll give you more responsibility and promotion. This, in turn, means you’ll gain more experience and therefore have more choices about your career development.
To get noticed, you don’t have to constantly ‘show off’ or try to get attention. You just have to do your job in such a way that others appreciate what you do. Here are some good ways to get noticed and be someone people want to work with.
- Start Conversations
Many people lack social confidence and feel reluctant to start a conversation — especially with strangers. Learn to make the first move and to start conversations, rather than waiting for someone to talk to you. Pay attention to what’s happening around you and adopt a warm, friendly, positive attitude towards everyone you meet.
- Say Thank You
Get into the habit of smiling and saying, “Thank you”. Expressing your gratitude makes more of a difference than you might think.
You could just say, “Thank you”, and leave it at that. But if they helped you in quite a significant way, add a few details. Tell them how much they helped you and why you appreciate it.
- Co-Workers Are People
Always remember that your co-workers are people. They have feelings, emotions and a life outside the office.
Care about the things they care about so that you can relate to them. Be observant and take a genuine interest in other people’s lives. When you help other people, they will usually want to help you in return. This is why it’s so important to be a good listener. Ask questions, make suggestions and offer solutions if you can.
- Use The Ice-Cream Trick
Often, we only contact other departments when there is a problem. When things are going well, we hardly ever speak to them. Maybe it’s time for a change. Buy some ice-cream bars and give them to all the colleagues you normally only speak to when something has gone wrong. This is a good way to make friends!
- Give Credit Where It’s Due
Always give credit where it’s due and never try to keep all the credit for yourself. For example, if a colleague helps you with a PowerPoint presentation and you get praised for it, make it clear that your colleague helped you and insist they should get some of the credit.
Topic: Cool Confidence