Do you sometimes feel invisible in your job?
It can be all too easy to slip into the background at work. And even when you do want to push yourself forward, you might worry about treading on people’s toes.
The rise of remote and hybrid working has further complicated visibility.
While there are new, exciting opportunities for collaboration, flexibility and innovation, there are also concerns regarding communication and the possibility that people may “fall through the cracks.”
So, how can you increase your visibility at work in the most professional way possible?
I’m going to share a few ideas in today’s newsletter!
First off, WHY it is important to be visible…
Being visible can help you get noticed by decision-makers and considered for promotions, interesting projects, or other opportunities. If people don’t know who you are or what you’re capable of, they’re less likely to think of you when opportunities or promotions arise.
When you’re visible, you have the opportunity to influence others. You can share your ideas and perspectives, build support for your projects, and help shape your organisation’s culture.
Being visible can also help you gain recognition for your hard work and contributions. When people see what you’re doing and how it’s benefiting the organisation, they’re more likely to acknowledge your efforts and give you credit.
When people know you and what you’re capable of, they’re more likely to trust you. This can be especially important if you’re in a leadership role or working on projects that require buy-in from others.
Now that we have the benefits,
How can you make yourself visible and advance in your career?
Below are 6 ideas to consider:
1. Volunteer for opportunities
If you want to increase your visibility at work, look for opportunities to take on additional responsibilities or lead projects. Volunteering for these opportunities can help you gain exposure and show your colleagues and supervisors what you’re capable of. Now I know it can be nerve-wracking putting your name forward for opportunities, but the payoffs are worth it. No new opportunities or progression can come from staying within our comfort zone. Have the courage to put yourself out there, and the confidence will come!
Building relationships with colleagues across the company is another great way to increase your visibility. Attend company events, participate in any group activities, and join professional organisations related to your field. By expanding your network, you will have access to new opportunities and build relationships that can help you expand your knowledge and grow in your life and career.
3. Share your accomplishments
Ensure your manager knows your accomplishments and the value you bring to the company. You could send regular updates on your projects and initiatives, showcasing key milestones met. This can help you gain recognition for your hard work, demonstrate your expertise, and show initiative. When one of our team members at CH Solutions sends me an update on what they have accomplished that day/ week, I am always impressed, and it reminds me of all the great work they are achieving.
4. Speak up in meetings
When you have something to contribute in meetings, speak up! This can help you gain visibility and show your colleagues and supervisors that you have value to give and just how good you are. So next time you are in a meeting, share your thoughts, advice and input.
On the flip side, listening is super powerful too! When we listen, we learn. Lean into any problems you hear or struggles your manager or colleagues are having.
This will enable you to go away and develop a great solution that will absolutely get you seen and noticed!
5. Take initiative
Look for ways to improve processes or procedures, and take the initiative to implement changes. This can demonstrate your leadership skills and show that you’re proactive. It can also help you gain exposure and recognition for your work.
Remember, you were hired for a reason. If you see a problem and have an idea, take the initiative to fix it or devise a plan to make something better. Trust me, nothing is more impressive than someone who goes away and really thinks through how something can be improved.
6. Develop your personal brand
Finally, consider what sets you apart from your colleagues and how you want to be known in the company. Develop your personal brand through your work and interactions with colleagues.
Ask yourself… What do I want to be known for?
Who do I want to be at work?
How would greatness show up?
How do I want people to feel around me?
When your name comes up at work, what would people say about you?
That’s your brand!
Your personal brand isn’t just what you portray on Social media; it’s also how you conduct yourself in your place of work.
In my early 20s, I was not particularly proud of my brand.
I was extremely career-driven and had little time for others within the team.
Nowadays, I am incredibly intentional about how I show up each day.
I have applied self-awareness and know my areas of weakness and character flaws, and I continue to work on them daily.
Now, I am not perfect.
But I like to think I have made good progress in becoming the person I want to be and the impact I want to have – and I encourage you to do the same.
So, in summary, I believe increasing your visibility at work is essential for career advancement.
By volunteering for opportunities, networking, sharing your accomplishments, speaking up in meetings, taking the initiative, and developing your personal brand, you can increase your visibility and, by doing so, advance your career!
Director CH Solutions