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How to Stand Out at Work

You want to get noticed at work.

Whether it's to be seen as being the top performer that you already are, or you're working towards getting a promotion, you want to know how to get noticed at work. So many women struggle to be seen at work, because the traditional approach of working hard and waiting your turn is completely ineffective. In this post, I'm sharing 10 strategies to standout at work.

Be Known For the Right Things

This is one of the biggest mistakes that I see people make at work: where they stand out... but they're not standing out for the right reasons.

Their visibility is really notoriety: they're the workplace gossip, the person who watches way too much YouTube at work, or the person who complains most often.

There are all sorts of things that you can standout for at work, but you want to make sure that the things that you stand out for are actually the right things. Being known for positive things is going to be what makes your career move forward- fast.

Begin by asking yourself this very sincere question: is there anything I standout for right now, and is it helping or is it hurting my career advancement opportunities?

Know What You Want to Be Known For

If you've been following me for a while, you probably know I'm a huge fan of having a both a professional mission statement defining your career vision. These two things are very important to standing out at work, and specifically in this strategy, because they're going to guide you to discover should stand out for.

What qualities do you want to be known for?

What is your superpower at work?

What's the thing that you do better than anyone else?

The reason why you need to know what you're going to standout for at work is if you don't know, no one else is going to.

Once you've actually identified what you want to stand out for, you can now begin strategic execution. You can start to focus on tasks, activities, and projects that actually give you the opportunity to showcase your best self, and your best skills, that are in alignment with your career vision and your professional mission statement. This is naturally going to create an opportunity for you to stand out for the things that you really want to stand out for, and that naturally differentiate you.

If you want to be known for being an expert - and get the promotions and opportunities that come it it - this is a crucial step.

Be Proactive

This is something that is so simple, but I've seen so many professionals completely fail to do.

Being proactive means that you identify an issue, or gap, or a problem that needs solving and you go, you fix it. Instead of pointing out the problem, or even worse complaining about it, your concept the solution and make it happen. Basically, you do the thing.

Let's be honest, you're not going to get patted on the head for doing the things that you've been asked to do at work. However, you are going to get a lot of recognition at work and a lot of acknowledgment for proactively doing things that actually need to be done. This is particularly try when your actions or ideas generate high impact.

One of the biggest gripes that I hear from leadership is that their teams are not proactive. They're doing the things that they're told to do that are expected of them, but even when there is blaring gaps or problems in processes and things like that, no one's actually doing anything about it.

Even taking simple steps to proactively solve a problem, improve a process or create any outcome that benefits your company or clients and your team is going to be something that very easily makes you stand on at work - especially with your manager.

Create Impact

One of the easiest ways to get noticed at work, and be noticed by your leadership team, is to actually create an impact for your team and for your company.

Creating meaning impact essentially makes it impossible for them to not recognize.

I have touched in other posts about how you can identify initiatives that you can undertake that are going to earn you recognition for the impact that they make to your company.

Going to work and meeting expectations isn't generally something that is going to really make you standout at work.

In fact, just going and meeting expectations and doing the job that you're paid for is going to be something that kind of makes you blend in with everyone else - even if you are a standout. If you are feeling undervalued or underappreciated at work, identify one of the big ways that you can make an impact. The bigger the impact, the better.

The best impact that you can create would directly impact revenue by either increasing revenues or decreasing costs, which is going to increase profits.

Present Yourself Professionally

There is a lot of things that actually go into presenting yourself professionally, and yes, the way that you dress is a factor, but I'm not going to deep dive into what you should wear at work, because that entirely depends on your workplace. However, you want to make sure that you have your baseline criteria covered: that means that you're dressing in office-appropriate attire for whatever that means at your office. Your clothes must be clean, and should not have any unpleasant odors (I seriously hope that's something that you're not struggling with).

But there is more than just dressing professionally to present yourself professionally.

Maintaining a professional demeanor while you're at work is also very important. This is going to include things like having workplace appropriate conversations, to not oversharing personal information, using your manners, and speaking eloquently (or as eloquently as possible).

It includes your overall presence and how you carry yourself at work. Do your absolute best to hold a confident presence about yourself, and ultimately the way that you conduct yourself. The way you present yourself to your colleagues, and to the world at work, should make people say, "Wow, that person's a professional."

Yes, this even does apply if you work at a startup.

Cultivate Relationships at Work

I'm a huge fan of cultivating relationships across your entire organization - or at least as much as possible.

If you're at a small company, this is really easy because you probably work in one office amongst everyone else. But if you're in a big company with hundreds of thousands of people, this one is going to be much harder for obvious reasons: there are globally dispersed teams, different business units, disparate timezones, and