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10 ways to get noticed by your boss

Posted by Hays UAE, March 2015

In order to progress you need your boss to take notice of you and your work, it’s no longer enough to just be good at your job.

Over the years, I have come to realise to get this recognition you need to make yourself an indispensable member of the team – a team member who adds value and enthusiasm to the organisation. It’s not just about doing your job well; it’s about going above and beyond the call of duty and showing you are more than capable of doing more.

Here are our 10 tips to help ensure that you never get overlooked by your boss again:

1. Go above and beyond

Go above and beyond the narrow confines of your job description. Investigate relevant teams or projects that excite you (and are in your boss’ interests) and voice your eagerness to get involved. After all, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Not only will this help you develop your skills, but it will help you get your name out there, and ultimately make it hard for your boss not to notice you.

2. Stay one step ahead

Be proactive and stay one step ahead in all that you do. Complete the things you need to do without having to be reminded or chased. Always have the foresight to predict what’s coming next and take the initiative to make the necessary preparations.

3. Don’t let your standards slip – even on the small stuff

Particularly if you have been working for your organisation for some time, it can be all too easy to slip into sloppy habits. Poor time-keeping or scruffy dressing can very quickly give the impression your heart is elsewhere. Every little thing counts towards someone’s overall perception of you, and it’s important not to let your standards drop. Even if you feel your boss isn’t noticing you, don’t think they won’t spot things like this.

4. The devil is in the detail

Putting in the work and getting on with tasks that colleagues forget (or don’t want to do) will help you stand out from the rest, and you will be seen as a reliable and considerate team player by your boss.

5. Shout about your successes

Don’t be afraid to blow your own trumpet and shout about your successes. After all, no one will do this for you. If you’ve had a success, make sure your boss and the wider team knows about it. Make sure you are subtle here, and be sure not to rub it in the face of your colleagues.

6. Present only good ideas

When a good idea pops into your head, avoid the temptation of running straight to your boss to tell them about it. Take time to consider it fully, reviewing its implications and implementation, and most importantly, how you plan to measure the value it could bring. Before you present it to your boss, think about possible questions and comments they might have, and be ready to tackle them.

7. Invest in your own development

Show a long-term commitment to your profession and demonstrate to your boss that you are keen to progress by actively investing in your own development. Put yourself forward for training opportunities and the chance to develop your skills whenever you can.

8. Your attitude matters as much as your aptitude

Nothing will bring down your reputation or the morale of your team quicker than negativity. Get yourself into a positive frame of mind. When you see a problem or challenge, before communicating it to your boss, come up with a viable and realistic solution.

9. Stand out in meetings

Prepare well for meetings by getting sight of the agenda and delegates in advance. Start to formulate your views, ideas and relevant action points beforehand, so that you are fully armed to stand out in that all important meeting.

10. Seek out, take on board and action feedback

When your boss gives you feedback, take it on board and act on it in a tangible way. This will demonstrate that you are serious about your development and respect their views.

Above all, it’s about taking ownership of your career, being proactive and taking initiative.