We all want to make a good impression at work. Whether it’s to land a big promotion or gain as much valuable experience as possible, finding a way to stand out in a good way can be just the momentum you need to propel forward.
Of course, standing out at work requires a conscious effort. There are certain things you can do to ensure you stand out, in a good way, around the office.
6 ways to stand out (in a good way) at work
1) pay attention in meetings
Surprisingly enough, I see this all the time with my more experienced coworkers. DOODLING, of all things!
Doodling in meetings is definitely a sign that you’re not paying attention. If you want to stand out as an employee, don’t doodle. Pay attention. Take detailed notes. You may be called upon to remember what was talked about.
2) be thorough
Another way to say this could be, “go above and beyond.” But that doesn’t mean you should always do more than you were assigned.
Instead, you should do what is asked of you thoroughly and with great attention to detail. Leave no stone unturned. That way, when someone asks questions, you are guaranteed to know the answers.
3) learn constantly
Show initiative by actively seeking out educational opportunities within your organization. Especially when you’re young, understanding how the different departments within a business interact and how projects move throughout the company will help you in the future. And, your peers will be impressed by your motivation to learn.
4) be proactive
Anticipating future problems and actively trying to fix them is one way to show your growth as an employee. Your coworkers will appreciate your efforts because it will probably make their life easier.
Also, proactively seeking out projects, even projects that may be outside of your wheelhouse, shows initiative and a willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed.
5) offer suggestions to improve something
Whether it’s a current process that can be done better or a new idea, offering up suggestions that can improve upon something within the company will be greatly appreciated all around.
Come up with a plan on how to do something better and share it with your direct supervisor in a one-on-one meeting.
Take any opportunity you can to lead a project. For example, at my job we have interns each summer who do a summer project. Every summer, I always offer to lead the project.
While some may scoff and say, “it’s only interns,” I look at it as an opportunity to show others within the company that I am a leader and that I can guide others to success. Never pass up the chance to shine by being a leader.
Hopefully, some of these tips will help you stand out at work.