To land plum assignments and even to obtain a promotion, very often your qualifications alone are not enough. It is often the case that the people who are upwardly mobile at work take pains to find ways to put themselves in front of upper management so that their potential can be realized.
After all, you may be the most qualified person in the organization, but if you are not well known, your qualifications may go unnoticed. And of course in today’s competitive environment, you probably have many other people in your organization vying for the opportunity to advance in their careers.
Given this reality, here are some ways that you can increase your visibility on the job to position yourself for greater responsibilities in the future:
1) If possible, find an internal champion who can speak knowledgeably about your contributions. A mentor is the best person to serve in this capacity. If you have a mentor who is well placed in the organization, this person is in an excellent position to speak up for you. An internal champion can open doors for you by recommending you for opportunities as they become available.
2) If your organization has a formal mentoring program, make sure that you take advantage of it. If they don’t have such a program, look around to see who might fill the role of a mentor for you. Mentors can be invaluable in terms of giving you inside information about what it takes to succeed in the organization. They can also share their mistakes with you so that you can learn from them.
3) Get involved in committees to increase your visibility in the organization and make a contribution outside of your department. Many large companies have committees to review processes or improve employee retention. Joining such a committee can expose you to other people in a large organization that you might not otherwise meet and can open the door for future job opportunities.
These are just a few ways that you can engage the assistance of others in moving your career forward. Usually your qualifications are just a starting point, not an ending point. Once your qualifications have been firmly established and you have solid work experience behind you, you need to take it upon yourself to employ methods of distinguishing yourself from others who have similar aspirations.
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