Do you ever wonder, “How did he or she get the promotion and I didn’t?”
Do you ever think, “Why am I not advancing in my career when everyone else seems to be?”
If YES, it’s time for you to stand out-to become noticed so you can get ahead.
If NO, congratulations. You already stand out. Now you’re in a position to help a colleague do the same. And by the way, you can always do more to stand out!
Adopt new strategies to help you stand out at work from now until the end of the year.
This topic sparked my thinking when I came across an article “5 Tips to Stand Out at Work.” In summary, the article (you can read it here) identifies five ways to stand out in your job:
- Be a Mentor
- Take Initiative and Be Proactive
- Work Smarter, Not Harder
- Become an Expert
- Volunteer More
These five tips may or may not help you stand out, so let me offer a few more:
- Do more than you’re asked to do.
- Be curious. Ask questions to learn how and why.
- Build relationships with customers and stakeholders.
- Maintain a consistent, positive, can-do, will-do attitude.
- Be a great team player. Fully support everyone on the team.
- Seek and embrace change. Be creative and innovative.
- Show up early, leave late. Your dedication will be noticed.
All of these standout tips can be summarized into one: demonstrate exceptional leadership.
Do them to stand out among your peers. And when you decide to move on, you’ll find that most organizations seek to hire exceptional leaders. Why not you?