Did you know it’s been estimated (Harvey Coleman’s research) that being good at your job counts for only 10% when it comes to getting promoted at work? (I bet some of you are nodding away now saying “So that explains how so and so is a manager!”)
A much more significant fact is if people actually know about you. You literally have got to put yourself out there! Raise your profile. Being visible and having people know who you are is worth a staggering 55%! If you want to get ahead get out there – literally!
3 Simple Steps You Can Take to Raise Your Profile
- Do not remain the office recluse beavering away with your head down, the one who reliably does all the work while others go off promoting themselves. Volunteer to go to meetings and represent your department. Look out for appropriate opportunities to get away from your desk
- Speak at those meetings. Do your research beforehand so you have something sensible to contribute. Be solution focussed, not simply airing problems. You want to be noticed for the right reasons. If you’re shy, try to speak up early on. The longer you leave it to open your mouth the bigger hurdle it seems.
- Join a professional or networking group for your professional area and use it. Either be an active on line contributor (you could start a LinkedIn group if there isn’t already one), or physically go to meetings and talk to people. Take time to invest in it.
That’s just three ideas to raise your profile but once you start to give the idea some thought you’ll come up with many more. Remember, it’s not enough to be good at what you do if no one knows about you. You’ve got to get out there and let them see! Be on the radar next time promotion is on the cards. Go on, let them know how fabulous you are; don’t keep it all to yourself!
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Posted on June 17th, 2011 by Jane