Become more visible at work
Posted Saturday, June 9 2012 at 00:00
How come some people seem to land good jobs and opportunities with ease while others appear to be moving in circles?
Could it be a case of sheer luck or something else about them?
These are concerns that employees are often heard asking themselves, especially when a colleague has been promoted or has got a new opportunity.
I have indicated before that career growth is never a passive process. Any person who grows in the world of work works at it.
If you talk to any of the persons you regard as upwardly mobile in their careers, you will notice the levels of effort they put in enhancing their visibility.
The Bible has an illustration to the effect that a city built on a hill can never be hidden. It is true that if a lamp is lit and hidden under a bucket, no one will notice it.
If you consider yourself a beautiful city that people should be attracted to or a lamp with light that others should benefit from, you should consider your level of visibility. People employ people.
People who are visible to other people get noticed and are considered when opportunities come up.
The field of persons seeking jobs is getting more crowded with every passing day, hence the need to find means of standing out from the crowd.
So, what simple ways can you use to enhance your visibility?
For a start, conduct a self-assessment with regard to your capacities in your area of interest.
It will be helpful for you to build the value of your personal brand and create a niche around your capacities so that you have a competitive advantage.
The ability to perform and deliver positive results is one of the key ingredients of trust.
People will trust you with opportunities when they realise that you have the ability to perform and deliver results as expected.
Secondly, confident and aware of your capabilities, seek to expose yourself to the world.
There are times when opportunities to volunteer for short-term projects arise and many employees shun them.
The mindset of most staff members is that the new engagements were not part of their initial job descriptions.