Being known within your business and your achievements recognised is an important part to raising your internal profile and possible opening up career opportunities in the future.
Here are a few tips to raising internal profile.
Get work experience in other teams
Your main priority will still be with your own department and team, but, when the opportunities arise, try to get involved with projects that take you into other parts of the business.
Be proactive and volunteer for work that demonstrates your ability to those yet to see it, especially if you are in a mid-large firm where senior management may not get the chance to see your unique skills.
Learn outside of work
Many firms have resources to support employee development but these are often not well publicised or may not be relevant to your needs. So take the initiative and study part-time and see what support your company can offer to help develop you.
There is a huge range of options available that includes distance learning as well as evening and weekend classes to suit your lifestyle.
Many institutions offer payment plans, while a number of online courses are very affordable. Open University is a good place to start your search.
Know your strengths
Emphasising whatever is great is important but it is also vital that you understand what your weaknesses are and what impact this can have on people's perception of you.
Speak to your work colleagues and friends about what you’re particularly good and not good at. Identify any skill gaps and look at ways to remedy them.
Make the most of your appraisal
Appraisals are a two way process and provide a perfect opportunity to discuss your future and your progression within the company.
Go in prepared. List all of your achievements and what you want to ask your boss with a goal of what you want to achieve in the future. Support this with evidence of what you’ve achieved and any positive feedback you’ve had.
Get clear and constructive feedback from your manager on what you need to do to progress and raise your profile within the company. Showing ambition and an eagerness to develop will be valuable in itself.
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