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Increase Your Workplace Visibility - Part 2
November 28th, 2011 by Robert Moskowitz  Posted in Resumark News

Increase Your Workplace Visibility - Part 2In a perfect world, everyone would recognize and appreciate your capabilities before you ever had to ask. In the modern workplace, asking is rarely enough. In fact, it’s easy to get lost amid the complexity of most tasks and the cooperation required within most teams.

Last time, we covered ideas for better positioning and extended networking to win yourself appropriate visibility. This time, let’s cover a few more ideas to make sure your work is properly noticed:

Log What You Do

Don’t trust your memory to keep track of everything you work on, every goal you accomplish. It’s too easy to forget some of the work, or some of the people. Instead, keep a written and dated log or diary of your projects, the work you do, the people with whom you interact, and the results you achieve.

Use this log to prompt your supervisor’s memory prior to and during your performance and compensation reviews. Also, review it as necessary so when management asks if you know anything about X,  or  Y, o r Z, you’re primed to give chapter and verse on all you’ve accomplished in those areas, and the extent of your expertise.

Don’t forget to include in your log all the praise, compliments, and positive work reviews you earn from customers, clients, and colleagues.

All this information will also be useful in establishing your value within the organization.

Learn to Like the Spotlight

It’s not psychologically healthy to be the kind of person who is happy only when he or she is receiving attention, adulation, or acclaim. But it’s neither smart or healthy to shy away from kudos you have honestly earned.

Let’s face it: if you want to receive proper notice and recognition for who you are and what you can accomplish, you need to be comfortable in the spotlight.

To become more comfortable in these situations, work through the emotions that arise when you’re being singled out for attention. Practice taking fair credit for good work. Make sure you’re happy with praise that you have earned. When the situation arises and someone gives you an explicit or implicit compliment, learn to say “thank you,” and let it rest.

In some situations, you may have to assertively claim the credit you’ve honestly earned (this is always required after someone else tries to take your credit for themselves). In the absence of malice, learn to simply step forward, state the work you did, and detail the results you obtained. But when someone unfairly claims your idea or your hard work as their own, it’s better to confront them in private, at least the first time this happens. Make clear you want them to stop treading on your toes. Then go to your supervisor or one step higher up the organizational ladder and let them know that you were the one who did the work, not the other person. Should this kind of claim jumping happen again, politely point out — this time perhaps not in private — that you came up with the idea or did the work. When there’s no other proof of your claim, you can offer your personal log as documentation.

Move to The Front of the Pack

In every team, people with more skills, knowledge, and capability tend to take on more of the challenging and important tasks. If you want to be properly noticed, you may have to stop hanging back and letting others do work that you could do better. If you see yourself dodging the spotlight, stop it.

Start by evaluating whether or not you’re confident you can accomplish a particular goal or complete a particular task. If you feel confident, then meet with your supervisor and offer yourself for that responsibility. The more visible the opportunity, the more important it is that you learn to go for it. You may not be given all the new responsibilities you seek, but just asking marks you as someone special. As weeks and months go by, you will generally be given more opportunities to prove what you can do.

While you’re doing all this, of course, remember to devote enough time and energy to your routine and core tasks so you accomplish them as well as you possibly can. There’s little point in pushing for more visibility while you’re letting your routine work fall apart.
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