Most people at work will keep their head down, work hard and hope that their accomplishments will get them noticed. Unfortunately, in today’s modern workplace, you are actually hindering your own progression. Whether you like it or not, promoting yourself at work is actually a necessary part of the workplace. It’s important that you take the time and effort to ensure that your managers and co-workers know what you do, what you excel in and what you have accomplished. You don’t need to brag as such, but just make sure you promote yourself well so that your company knows exactly what you do.
By doing this, you can establish yourself as an authority and a valuable member of your working team. Prestige Recruitment Group have therefore compiled a list of our top five tips to help you promote yourself at work!
1) Understand Your Best Skills
Before you can promote yourself at work, you need to make sure you know what it is you excel in! Once you have an understanding of your best skills, you can put yourself forward to helping out with certain jobs you feel that you’re good at, especially those outside of your working responsibilities. For example, if you think you will be good at training employees because you did it before in a previous job, mention it to management and say you wouldn’t mind helping out with training new recruits because you were good at it in your old job. You might be doing them a favour – and will get your name out there!
2) Become An Industry Expert
If you are really serious about your career and the industry you are working in, make sure you carry out some research to ensure that you are up-to-date with all the relevant facts and news! Create a LinkedIn page, post blogs about your industry and attend seminars. If you are constantly trying to learn more and attending different events, you will quickly brand yourself as someone significant in the industry.
The small talk office chat you find yourself partaking in every day is a great opportunity for you to self-promote! If your boss asks ‘What’s new?’ this is a perfect opportunity for you to let them know all about the important event on recruitment marketing you went to on Saturday – or about how you have just finished a blog post on your LinkedIn page. Casual office talk makes up a large percentage of interaction in the workplace, to take this opportunity to discuss what you are working on and how it will affect the company. Show off your enthusiasm. These conversations can build up your positive reputation and will illustrate all of your hard work.
4) Never Compare Yourself to Others
When you’re promoting yourself, you don’t need to put others down. Avoid comparing yourself to others at all costs because you don’t want to make other people feel bad in order to make yourself feel better. This will reflect badly on you anyway, and it won’t really be a beneficial way of promoting yourself. If you do want to compare something you’ve done to something, compare it to your own previous experience to illustrate that you’re growing!
5) Help Others
Linking back to this previous point, if you do see someone who appears to be struggling, you should offer them some help. Everyone has their own work, and sometimes you genuinely can’t help someone else out but if you have the time and knowledge, make sure you use them! Step up when people need you, and don’t shy away. This gives you a great opportunity to show that you know your stuff. Not only will it build up your reputation, it will also show management you are happy to help others.
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