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National boss’s day: top tips for standing out

Posted David Brown, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays on Friday, Oct 16, 2015

Boss's DayJust in time for national Boss’s Day. Here is some of the best advice I have received when trying to stand out to your boss. 

Getting recognition from your boss is about making yourself an indispensable member of the team – a team member who adds value and enthusiasm to the organization. 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 5 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 organization for some time, it can be all too easy to slip into sloppy habits. Poor time-keeping or dressing sloppily 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 horn 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.

Make sure you have the skills that employers are looking for. Find out in the What Employers Want Report.

Find out more about David Brown, Executive Vice President, an expert in Information Technology.

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