In today’s economic climate, it’s never been more important to be appreciated by your boss. But if you feel your potential or skills are undervalued or overlooked, perhaps it’s time to get noticed at work.
“Now is not the time to be invisible at work and let your work fall under your boss’ radar,” said Chris Mead, General Manager of Hays in Singapore, who offers the following five tips to help you get noticed:
1. Make a positive impact
“Remember when you first started the job? You were out to make a good first impression at every chance you could through the quality of your work. It’s time to get into that frame of mind again and assume every opportunity is an opportunity to impress your manager with the good work you produce. What’s important though is that people notice your positive impact. Sell yourself at work by using the positive results you achieve. For example, in meetings make sure everyone knows what you’re working on and what the outcomes are for the business.”
2. Add value
“Businesses are understandably looking at increasing revenue as well as process and cost improvements, so look to where you can add value. For example, if you work within construction then demonstrate business development or bid skills.”
3. Upgrade your skills
“Take every opportunity to volunteer for additional tasks that will not only improve your own employable skill base, but make you even more invaluable to your employer.”
4. Made a mistake?
“Don’t panic, or worse, try to hide it. Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s how you handle the aftermath that can show your real strengths. Be honest with your manager, and go to them with a plan of how you intend to rectify the error.”
5. Finally, remember the basics
“Arrive for work on time, show enthusiasm, look and act professionally and be organised. Don’t watch the clock and be prepared to do that little bit extra – it does get noticed,” Chris.
In other tips, Hays advises you to keep a record of your achievements, volunteer for committees, stay updated with trends in your industry, exceed targets, get work in before deadline, improve any skills that are deficient, and get to know people in other departments.
For more advice on job hunting or to search live jobs, visit www.hays.com.sg.