When you’re new there’s a fine line between calling positive attention to yourself at work and seeming like a braggart and earning the emnity of your new colleagues. In the business world, you need to learn how to walk this line or risk limiting your chances of success.
In her new book “The Essentials Of Business Etiquette,” Barbara Pachter offers some suggestions to promoting yourself successfully:
1. Be visible
“Get involved at your company. Join any company clubs or activities that interest you. Use the work gym, if there is one. Volunteer for assignments. Offer to make presentations, and volunteer to train others.”
There’s a simple reason that being visible is important: If you’re at the forefront of your bosses mind, he’ll think about you when there’s an opening in the company. Visibility also makes you seem available and approachable, meaning you’ll have more chances to discuss your accomplishments and responsibilities with others.
2. Post your accomplishments on your social-media sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter)
“However, be careful not to mention the same accomplishment over and over. You can overdo it and make yourself sound like a braggart. There is a balance. You must speak of other things, not just about what you do well.”
A trick to this is to thank other people for your success on your social media accounts. This way, you’re not announcing your accomplishments outright, even though you’re mentioning them by thanking others.
3. Have a prepared self-introduction
“You may find yourself in situations in which you have to introduce yourself. Being prepared will allow you to be comfortable speaking about yourself. Make sure you say your full name and add a few brief comments about yourself.”
Have your elevator pitch story prepared ahead of time because you’ll have to repeatedly tell others this story for the rest of your professional life. Be able to discuss your passions and career goals with confidence. Be ready to introduce your pitch when meeting new collagues.
4. When asked, do tell
“If someone asks you how you are doing at work, it is your opportunity to mention your accomplishments. Without going into too much detail, tell the person about any recent promotions, new projects, additional responsibilities, and so on.”
This is also a great time to discuss any new projects or positions you want to try out in the future. This way, you will be remembered if an opportunity does come up. Do so in an appropriate way, pass on a few compliments about those that have helped you as well.
5. Weave your accomplishments into conversation, when appropriate
“For example, when I talk in seminars…, I mention comments from my seminar participants in Oman, in the Middle East. These remarks add to the discussion, and they also highlight my international experience.”
Always start small and subtle when weaving your accomplishments into conversations. You can ask your boss for help or seek advice from others. This way, you’re letting them know what you’re working on without actually screaming that you’re a superstar. Try to bring in your external experience in roles or places when you add suggestions- without (again) bragging. Demonstrate to people why you got the job and how you can add value to their work as well as yours.
How do you find ways to stand out without getting your head chopped off, please share here in our comments.