It’s easy to blend in and follow a simple 9-to-5 routine at work. But in order to see changes in your career and reach your goals, you need to differentiate yourself from the crowd. These 5 tips will help you stand out. Trust me, your boss will notice the hard work you put in.
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Your employer, and boss, are busy. Chances are they do not have time to babysit and want employees who can take initiative to not only pull their weight, but anticipate needs. Review your company's mission, vision and annual goals and find ways, using your position, you can contribute to those goals. For example, if your boss wants to increase their customer reach, and you're responsible for social media, use your position to create social media posts and topics that will increase traffic to the company's website. Make sure you get your boss's go-ahead before posting anything, but the initiative and keeping the company in mind shows you want everyone to success.
Give the appearance that you can read your boss's mind. Pay attention to what is causing stress, and what problems they are trying to solve. During your next one-on-one meeting, ask if there are other items outside of your role that you can help them with. After that meeting, brainstorm ways that you can help solve these problems through your position. This shows that you're forward thinking, and can take on additional responsibilities outside of your standard roles and responsibilities.
We're responsible for owning our future. If you know your strengths, and see a need that your team structure is not currently fulfilling, write a solid case on creating a new position. Do your homework before presenting your case to your boss. Your case should include fully describing the problem, why the problem is an issue, and the benefit of having a fully dedicated person to adding more value through solving the problem. For example, if your team does not have someone focused on customer outreach, and you know that the CEO wants to expand awareness of the brand, creating a case for a social media and marketing position solves a large problem and shows that you want to contribute to company success. When creating your case, include quantifiable benefits. A 50% increase in customer engagement is a great example of listing a benefit of a new position.
Collaboration is a topic I routinely cover during speaking engagements. Why? Because collaboration has helped me launch The Mentor Method and achieve faster promotions in my career. Being a team player will increase the level trust among your team. When you have the trust of your teammates, they will be more likely to help you out of a tough problem and celebrate your successes. When you collaborate, make sure you listen to the problems your team is facing to identify ways you can help solve those. Want more information on collaboration? Here's an article all about collaboration.
Dressing for the job you want increases confidence, and shows that you're ready for the next step in your career. From a start-up environment to a law firm, your look should be clean and polished while following company culture. Look at how those in higher positions present themselves. This will give you an indication of how to dress as well. Just because you're picking up style ques, does not mean you should sacrifice your personal style. Maintain your personal style, but step it up a notch.
What other steps do you take to make sure you stand out from the crowd at work? Leave a comment and let me know!