You’re not a braggart. You’ve never been called “conceited” or “full of yourself.” People enjoy your company and look forward to spending time with you. Your work speaks for itself… or so you think. Right? Think again. Part of having a successful career…or landing your dream position… is being able to talk about your achievements and not being afraid to know your worth. Here are 5 important reasons why you should make your skills known to your manager.
- No one else is going to do it for you. You are responsible for YOU and you shouldn’t rely on your manager to necessarily put 2 and 2 together. If the team is large, the work is intense, and your boss is busy, you may want to help things along rather than assuming you will just get recognized for your good results.
- Make things easier for your manager. Your boss is probably involved in many more areas of the business than you realize. Don’t get caught up in the thought that he/she should just “notice” your good deeds and reward you for them. Be your own megaphone.
- You will be known for a specialty. You can find yourself moving into more responsible roles if leaders and managers begin to see you as a mandatory asset to a project or team. Make yourself indispensable by increasing your skills in particular areas and then marketing them to your department or even across departments.
- You’ll get more opportunities that you’re looking for. If you are marketing yourself and your skills, you’re more likely to get responsibilities in those areas you are are excelling in. Others will begin to ask to add you to their team. You might get sought out by more than just your boss/manager.
- Adding references to your posse. As you do the work and impress your managers, you are inevitably building a following of potential references. Even if you’re not thinking about moving jobs just yet, it’s always helpful to build references. When you do move on, you’ll have those names easily accessible for the interview process.
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