November 23, 2016
Tired of doing a good job, but not getting noticed by management? Thinking about applying for a higher-level job and want to stand out from other candidates? Here’s how you can be seen as a unicorn – a unique employee with special skills – at work.
Do an excellent job with every task, every day. Doing so-so work won’t get you noticed. To stand out (and get promoted, if that’s your goal), you need to do outstanding work that will get you seen by your boss and others in management roles. Look for ways you can go above and beyond the daily requirements.
Become an expert in something. People turn to the experts for advice and to solve problems. Look for areas in your organization where you can put your skills to use and become an expert.
Think of yourself as an internal consultant. Be more than just an employee. Consultants are hired to assess a current situation and create action plans for improvement. They are paid for their expertise and their calm, professional demeanor, especially in times of difficulty. Act like a consultant and find ways to add even more value to the business.
Volunteer. Raise your hand and volunteer for projects or work assignments where you can use your skills to help other employees, while demonstrating your abilities to management. Seek out cross-functional projects that will increase your visibility across several departments.
Share your knowledge with others. Want senior management to see your skills? Coordinate several lunch hour sessions where you provide training to others in the organization in your area of expertise.
Become a mentor. Offer to mentor others within your organization. A study by Sun Microsystems found that people who were mentors were six times more likely to be promoted into bigger jobs.
Offer to help coworkers. Don’t wait for someone to approach you; pitch in when it appears they might need some help. Don’t expect any return favors – help others because you want to, not because you expect something in return.
Become a speaker at local association meetings. Look outside your company for opportunities to gain visibility within your industry. Most associations hold monthly meetings and are always looking for great speakers with relevant training topics for members.
Write about your area of expertise. Contribute to your company’s website or industry association blogs. Doing so can help others, demonstrate your skills and also promote your personal brand to a wider audience.
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