How to Stand Out at Your Job

You like your employer and would like to be around for a long time. That means putting in some effort that’s above and beyond the basic job requirements. By employing these three strategies, there’s a good chance of standing out in the workplace and being among the first considered for any advancement opportunity that comes along.

Actively Participate in Meetings

Many people enter meetings with the attitude that they are going to sit quietly, listen to whatever is said, then get back to their desks. Rather than taking that approach, you must spend some time preparing for the meeting. Research the main topic that will be addressed and assemble some questions in advance.

During the meeting, listen to the presentation closely so you can cross any points that are addressed off your list. When and as the time is appropriate, ask any of your remaining questions or contribute remarks that are relevant to the subject at hand. Your participation will be noted and ensure the powers that be recognize you in the hallway.

Become Known as a Resource

How to Stand Out at Your Job

You could go in every day and focus on your assigned tasks, but that will not get you noticed. Become one of those people that others turn to when they feel stumped or not sure how to proceed with a project. It won’t take long for your reputation as a problem solver and opportunity maker to spread throughout the office.

Take Action When Something Needs to Be Done

If you come up with an idea that would streamline a process or make things in the workplace better, come up with a detailed plan and present it to your superiors. Show how your idea would save time, money, and free up resources to use in other ways. The fact that you are looking for ways to make the company stronger will impress people and improve the odds of having a career with the business rather than just a job.

The bottom line is that you need to do more than wander in each morning, manage your assigned tasks, and go home. If you are serious about standing out on the job, find ways to make real contributions to what’s happening. With a can-do attitude, others in the company will come to see you as a valuable resource and understand the importance of making sure you want to stay around for a long time.

Chris Burch is a venture capitalist and founder of Burch Creative Capital.

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