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Getting noticed at work

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There are better ways to get noticed at work...

You’ve been sitting in the office for a year, your contribution to the company has been overlooked or undervalued. This plays a toll not just on your self-worth, but it will affect your chances of further career advancement. Especially in a time when the economy is only slightly picking up, “now is not the time to be invisible at work and let your work fall under your boss’ radar”, says Chris Mead, general manager of Hays Singapore.

Mead offers five tips to help make your boss sit up and take notice of you:

1. Make a positive impact

It’s time to get into the frame of mind you had when you first started the job, says Mead. Assume every opportunity is a chance to impress your manager with your good work. It is important people notice your positive impact. Hence, sell yourself at work by the positive results you achieve. In meetings, make sure everyone knows what you’re working on and what the outcomes are.

2. Add value

Businesses are always looking at increasing revenue and cost improvements, so look in that direction to add value. For example, if you work in the construction sector, try demonstrating business development skills.

3. Upgrade your skills

Mead believes you should take every opportunity to volunteer for additional tasks. They will not only improve your own employable skill base, but “make you even more invaluable to your employer”.

4. Made a mistake?

When you’ve made a mistake, don’t panic or try to hide it. Honesty is the key, so go to your manager with the truth and a plan of how you intend to rectify the error.

5. Remember the basics

It’s crucial to arrive for work on time, show enthusiasm, look and act professional, and be organised. Don’t watch the clock, and be prepared to do extra work.

Mead also advises to keep a record of your achievements and the times when you exceed targets and beat deadlines. Also, it will help to get to know people in other departments.

Written by KT

August 20, 2009 at 11:28 am

Posted in Personal career

7 Responses

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  1. Arriving for work on time. That’s a big one that people start messing up on when they get complacent.


    August 20, 2009 at 11:30 am

  2. Ok on these points. Making a positive impact, what if you are doing this already and hardly getting noticed. Its deflating. If your adding value and increasing your skill set (events, video editing), what more should you do?

    Its hard to be enthusiastic when you are not appreciated and are underpaid.

    Antonio Banderas

    August 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm

  3. Then its time to start looking for greener pasture especially since the employment market is picking up now.

    Either your employer does not appreciate your good work or your performance is not up to their expectation. Either way, it’s obvious you should start looking for another job.

    If you are good, by all means please find another job otherwise you just have no choice but to hang on to the current job.


    August 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

  4. @librarianchat Definitely, coming to work early is something that newcomers do and is a sign of enthusiasm!

    @Antonio/Diamond I guess sometimes as much as a person puts in, line managers also have to take note and pay attention to their employees. I agree that there’s only so much a person can do.

    I guess this should be a warning to all the line managers out there looking to keep a lid on their employees.

    And as Diamond said, with the job market picking up, disengaged workers are going to start walking out the door pretty soon.

    Lisa Cheong

    August 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

  5. In my experience, some people just shouldnt be managers. Ever. Abusing people is not a good management trait.

    Antonio Banderas

    August 21, 2009 at 11:42 am

  6. Adding to Kristie’s comments about getting noticed at work – it is also the need to know what you are worth. If you know your worth and you know that you are valued – then you’ll be well on your way up the career ladder (& hopefully thoroughly enjoying what you do!). Some tips about knowing your worth can be found at:” Jessica Chew, Adecco Singapore Marketing Team

    Jessica Chew

    August 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

  7. See, not all of us work in fields where we are in a position to add “value” which, as defined above, is mostly monetary. Some of us do our best to cut down on costs, but the “value” we add is not tangible, as far as management is concerned. It’s not a revenue-generating value-add, therefore it’s not readily apparent that what we do, in our own little way, adds value to the organisation.

    On the flip side, there are line managers who do recognise the impact of what we do on brand value. But once the recession hit, they’ve mostly been wiped out and are now down to a few remaining endangered species.

    The bottom line is, it’s all about the bottom line. And some companies are more obvious than others about what makes their world go ’round.

    What the Dickens

    August 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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