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Getting noticed at work can be one of the hardest things to do. It doesn’t matter if you have been there 6 weeks or you have been there 5 years. Getting noticed can be a struggle.
Most people think the best way to get noticed at work is to over perform, talk about your achievements and brown nose with higher ups.
Yes, there’s some validity to that, but it is not the only way. And honestly the above is probably draining. So when you do get noticed you are too exhausted that you are unsure what to do next.
These 3 simple steps can help you get noticed at work without the over working and brown nosing. And the best part is you can start tomorrow. Or possibly even right now.
Wear something bold
There is nothing that sparks a new conversation like a bold item of clothing. Something that stands out and get captures attention.
I remember a time I was at a career event and there was a student in a bright blue blazer. We did not speak that year, but I went to the same event the following year and when she approached me, I said “Did you wear a bright blue blazer last year?”. She looked at me in shock that I remembered her even when we didn’t speak.
Your appearance makes an impression.
Now let’s not get crazy with your new found wardrobe, but add some flair to it. For women, pick a blazer that stands out or wear a dress with a vibrant pattern to it. Men, pick a bold tie or a choose a shirt that is outside your color norm.
Even something like new frames, glasses, can be a conversation starter. The idea is to stand out and be noticed.
How many times have you overheard someone saying, “Who was that in the (insert clothing item)?”.
Talk to the one that is under the radar
This is me in my office. I fly under the radar. I work on a virtual team and I travel 50-60% of the year.
The assumption could be that I keep to myself, do my work and then go home. People could assume I do not have a network or connections within the organization.
But those assumptions are incorrect. I have a lot of great and beneficial connections inside my organization.
They did not form overnight. I worked hard building my brand and branching out to meet and engage with various people. Especially the right people.
But one would not know this unless they connected with me.
Talk to the one under the radar, because you never know who they know and how they can support you.
Often we go straight to the person at the top. Have you stopped to think about who he or she interacts with? Who is in that circle?
That is who you want to know.
When I first started DV I was hesitant to share it on my LinkedIn profile.
But one day I got an email from someone who works for my parent company. She mentioned she read my post on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. We happen to live in the same area. So we set up lunch.
We now have a lunch quarterly. We talk about work, family and just life. I made a partnership, and friendship, with someone who works in an organization that I have yet to tap into. Ahh the connections!
Just by sharing a part of myself on LinkedIn it brought us together. And she has connected me to other people on her team to collaborate and learn from.
Disclaimer. LinkedIn is not the place for you to just put out status updates like Facebook or Twitter. I shouldn’t have to say that but in today’s age I do.
You do not have to be a blogger to share something you are passionate about. You don’t have to make the first move either. If you are following someone from work, or a parent/sister company, and you see a post or an article they shared, comment on it.
Share an article that you find interesting and then leave a few of your own words in your post to drive some conversations.
Something small can go so far. Work is all about connections. And really about the connections you do not see every day. But I’ll save that for another Wednesday.
Standing out at work should not drive you crazy. If it is, you are going about it all wrong. Or maybe you are overdue for a change of scenery. Hmmm…
Do you have any tips to share? I would love to hear from you!