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Seven Tips That Will Get You Noticed on the Job
By Maurisa Westbury

Shouldn't it be enough to play by the rules? Showing up on time everyday, doing the job you were hired to do, getting along well with your colleagues and making the occasional pot of coffee? The answer is yes and no. Doing those things are enough if you're happy where you are and love the job you're doing. However, if your career aspirations include moving up the company ladder, staying competitive and receiving more than the routine salary increases, it takes more effort.

It's easy to get lost in a crowd of average employees when the focus is on making sure the job gets done. Even if you're performance ranks above average, there are other reasons you could be overlooked for a promotion or not getting the recognition you feel you deserve. It could be that you've established a reputation for being complacent right where you are. If no one knows you'd like to take on more responsibility or learn another interesting aspect of the business, chances are you won't be considered.

Ask yourself if you're with the right company and if the opportunities are there. It could be a poor environment for career growth, or at least, your career growth. But if the company offers everything you want and need in order to further your career, there are ways to be noticed.

Some new hires breathe a sigh of relief once they have a foot is in the door and then mistakenly believe the hard work is over. What is happening is that they are entering the phase that should be treated as an extended interview, even though they've already been hired. The mindset of an extended interview period will keep you fresh, focused and primed for the next move. It's really nothing more than marketing yourself and your skills to the people who are in a position to influence the decisions that affect your career.

Here are seven tips that will put you in the spotlight and keep your career on track:

  • Volunteer to participate in company causes and the events they sponsor - if participation is optional and not mandatory. The key is to be visible and appear well rounded with time to share outside interests.
  • Interact with co-workers outside of your own department. Making yourself known to as many people in the company as possible will broaden your circle of contacts and influence. Make it a personal goal to remember people's names.
  • Specialize in one thing in your job description at the company that you can do better than anyone else does. Make yourself the source of information about whatever it is. Offer to help when that skill or talent is needed. Your name will be the first that comes to mind whenever the need arises.
  • Arrive early and stay late. It may be an old cliché but it's true and it works - everyone notices and can tell the names of those who do it in any given company. Combine this habit with other tips on the list; putting in the hours alone won't keep your name in the spotlight.
  • Ask for and tackle the special projects that you can excel at doing. You may never get to see some of the more interesting duties if you wait for your manager to extend an invitation. By asking for extra work, it not only expresses your interest in the company, but it also shows that you're proactive to the needs of the department.
  • Never miss an opportunity to take a class, seminar, or any other training event the company sponsors. Even if you don't believe it's 100% relevant to the job you're doing. It may be relevant in the future, and it will give you more networking time with people outside of your usual circle.
  • When it's time for a raise or promotion, have a portfolio on hand and be ready to share your accomplishments. Small achievements can sometimes be overlooked by a busy manager but it's up to you to make them known. Shyness has no place in these kinds of meetings so make sure every contribution is heard.

Maurisa Westbury is Chief Training Strategist for OnlineTraining2Go an e-learning solutions company specializing in providing computer based training via the Internet for individuals, small to medium sized businesses and the association market. OnlineTraining2Go offers an extensive catalog with over 2500 topics. The company also offers career coaching, FREE teleseminars and webinars related to career development and personal growth. If you're ready to reinvent yourself, get noticed and move to the next level in your career get your FREE report on career advancement and success now HERE.

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