Do you put your head down, deliver the exceptional output, and expect your work to speak for you? Don’t get me wrong, your work needs to be good however, it is a necessary condition for building your visibility, but it is not sufficient. And if you think that it is your manager’s job to create visibility for you, you are wrong again. Let me tell you that your boss is busier than you. You need to actively take control of your career and get visible to get ahead. Here are four reasons why it is important to be visible at your workplace –
a. You get more opportunities:
People like to work with people they know and trust. Opportunities come to you when people in power see you and what you are capable of. When you are known for your skills, capabilities, and attitude by key people in your organization, you are more likely to be picked for new and exciting opportunities.
This creates a positive loop. New opportunities help you increase your skills and capabilities and further enhance your visibility, opening more doors in the future.
b. It is easier to get things done
Today’s organizations have a matrix structure. Being known outside of your team creates pathways to success as you collaborate and work across teams. It is easier to get things done by people you know.
c. Mentorship from people in key positions:
When you push yourself out of your comfort zone and work on projects across the organization, you put yourself in the path of new connections and varied perspectives from key people, who may help you through challenges, and enhance your exposure.
d. You get better performance appraisals:
When people know who you are and what you do, they are more likely to support and endorse you during the appraisal discussions, assisting your boss to justify the business case for your rating.
These are the reasons you can not shy away from self-promotion. You cannot expect to get ahead if people don’t notice you even if you have all the skills and qualifications necessary to do your job. Therefore, to design the career you want, stop lurking in the shadows and be visible.
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