Thursday, February 22, 2007

Top 11 ways on how to get noticed at work

  1. Get in early and stay late. Even 30 minutes earlier and later than most people will get noticed. Generally bosses get in early and stay late. If you are pounding away on a special project and you boss walks by when he/she is leaving you will get noticed at work.
  2. Ask your boss if there are other projects that you can help out on. Ask for additional responsibility but don't expect a raise when you take on the additional work. This will come later. Bosses need people that they can count out. By taking on additional projects you become viewed as a person that can get things done. By helping out and reducing your bosses work load you will get noticed at work.
  3. Never ever say "not my job." I always find it amazing the generally the lowest person in the organization is the first one to say "not my job". I have never ever said that in my entire career. If your boss asked you to do it, it is your job and you need to figure out a way to get it done.
  4. Try to make your bosses life easier. Bosses usually have a million deadlines and if they can count on you, then they will generally take care of you when it comes time to handing out raises and promotions.
  5. Under promise and over deliver. A key aspect to making your life successful at work is to deliver on your promises. In order to successfully do this under promise and over deliver on a consistent basis.
  6. Meet your deadlines. Don't be late for any deadlines. If you boss has to remind you about deadlines you will come across as very unprofessional.
  7. Wave your own flag in a positive way. It is important to point out the things that you have accomplished. You have to be careful how you do this. You need to make sure that you are not boasting. However, there is nothing wrong with running through you ideas with your boss and other important managers in your company. Also remember that you can tell people something 7 times and at the end of one year they will swear that you have only told them once.
  8. Become and expert. When you become an expert you become invaluable to your organization. Learn more on a particular topic then anyone else. Be a problem solver.
  9. Volunteer. Sign up for special projects, committees and other assignments.
  10. Be part of a committee or task force.
  11. Represent your company at related industry associations.
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