Standing out amongst your colleagues and co-workers is vital if you want to get ahead in the workplace. When promotion opportunities come up there is bound to be plenty of interest and competition for the spot or spots available so if you want to advance your career then you need to take steps to ensure that you catch the eye of your employers.
When that next promotion opportunity presents itself, you want to be ready. You need to show your employers that you have an edge over everyone else vying for the same position. So, let’s look at ways that you can beef up your CV and show your employers that you are perfect for promotion and capable of handling more responsibility within your role.
Stay up to date
A great way to stand-out at work is to keep abreast of any and all advancements, ideas and news regarding the industry in which you work. There will be industry-specific publications you can subscribe to in order to get regular updates on big companies, new regulations and new ideas which you can begin to integrate into the way you work. Alternatively, keeping abreast of what’s happening in your industry via LinkedIn and making connections with your peers can also be useful. Then when your employer is looking for new ideas or people to lead projects and groups, you will have a wealth of knowledge to draw on to put forward innovative ideas which you can back up. Showing that you not only have great ideas but that you are dedicated enough to read up about your industry in your spare time too, is bound to impress your employers and set you apart.
Extra qualifications and training will always impress employers no matter what industry you are in. you may decide to take an industry or role specific training course such as APM courses in project management, which will give you the experience and knowledge you need in order to prove to your bosses that you are capable of leading a team and managing projects through to completion. Alternatively, you may want to take a broader course such as an IT course, HR course or a leadership course. Foundation courses will give you a great skill base to draw on when you are applying for promotional roles and they will show your employers that you are willing to go the extra mile in order to stand out from the crowd and the ability to learn new skills is an asset which will never be undervalued.
If you want to get ahead in the workplace, then you need to ensure that you and your work is in the mind of your employers at all times. Don’t wait for your bosses you ask you to prove yourself; always make the effort to go the extra mile in all that you do so that your employers know they can rely on you for outstanding work and effort. Ask your bosses if there are any extra responsibilities you can take on and go to them when you feel there is a promotion available, don’t wait to be asked. It is important to stand out, especially in a larger organisation where your bosses will be busy and may not have the time to go over every employee’s details and experience when looking for new leaders or managers. Be proactive; go and find opportunities rather than waiting for them to and in your lap.
Getting ahead in the workplace takes effort, but if you want your career trajectory to soar, surely a little extra work is worth it.