Ever wonder how to get noticed more at work and in your profession? Sara did. Here’s her question:
“I’d like to get noticed for the good work I’m doing, both inside my company and externally. But I’m kind of shy and I don’t have a lot of time to do a lot of networking. Are there ways I can get noticed—in a good way?”
Here’s my answer. Click here to download the PDF of this article.
How to Get Noticed Without Networking
Do you long to get noticed for the work you’re doing? Here are five fast and easy tips that will get you and your work the attention you deserve.
1. Post a weekly update to LinkedIn.
If you’re ignoring the power of social giant LinkedIn, do so at your own career peril.
Based on August 2013 data, LinkedIn is the 10th most visited site in the world, with over 200 million members and an average of 45 million profiles visited each day. Why not yours?
There are thousands of articles and classes out there about how to make your profile better (this infographic from LinkedIn itself is a good place to start), but one of the best tools to get noticed is to post a weekly update.
A weekly update gives you a place to regularly, consistently share good things that are happening to you, in your own words. It allows your connections to see what’s new with you, and gives potential recruiters more information about the kinds of projects you’ve been working on and successes you’ve had.
Secretly, it also tells LinkedIn you’re a more active user, and they’ll show your profile to others more often when you are.
Their own data cites that you’re ten times more likely to be contacted for new opportunities if you share at least once a week (more from LinkedIn directly here).
“But I have no idea what to share!”
Are you really that boring? I think not. Use these lines as food for thought.
- Looking forward to . . . . this week.
- Proud to be involved in . . . . this week.
- Excited to be able to . . . this week.
- I’ll be leading/doing/figuring out/managing . . . this week. Any advice?
- Appreciating the support of [someone’s name, or a group you’re involved in] this week. (Note: if you’re connected to that individual on LinkedIn, you can highlight them by adding the @ sign in front of their name, such as @DarcyEikenberg.)
- What’s your best tip for [situation where you need ideas or help]?
“No one cares what I have to say.”
Really? Then why should you try to be noticed at all?!
(Sound of me gently slapping you across the cheeks–you pick which ones). Snap out of it. That’s a mindset trap. Don’t fall into it.
You have plenty of interesting and valuable things to share–even if it’s just your perspective or an experience. Remember, the entire social media movement has happened because people are longing for connection, and knowing more about what you’re doing and thinking is one way to connect.
Finally, this is about consistency, not brilliance. Share regularly and over time you’ll see a change in how people see you. After all, trust=truth/time.
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2. Practice the art of bragging.
If you’ve followed our work here at Red Cape Revolution, you know I’m a fan of bragging on yourself. But first, you have to learn the secrets of how to brag so others don’t gag.
For a refresher—or for those of you new to our blog—get an overview from this video from our suite of Free Tools on improving your communication, visibility and impact.
3. Don’t be a Facebook lurker. Like, share and comment.
Let’s face it—you’re already spending time on Facebook, right? (Okay, my mom and the other three of you who aren’t on Facebook can skip to action #4. But you don’t know what you’re missing.)
Even if you’re not an active Facebook user, the odds are you’re at least what I call a lurker. You surf and sort through your friends’ updates to keep abreast of their lives, but you don’t get involved.
When you like, share, and comment, you basically say to your friends, “Hey, I found this worthwhile and I hope you will too.” By interacting with the content, you also send a thank you and encouragement to that person to share more stuff like that.
Finally, Facebook’s famous algorithms also show you more of what you like (and show you people’s comments you like/share/comment on most). So if you want Facebook to show you more of the valuable, interesting stuff and not your cousin’s Farmville requests, stop lurking and do some clicking.
4. Write a [paper] thank you note.
Want something that will be noticed–and remembered? Handwrite a thank you note. On paper. (Yes, that flat stuff.) It’s faster and easier than you think.
You don’t even need mailing addresses to make this work (although I often collect that data at the start of a project when I’m gathering cell phone and email data). You can leave a sealed snail mail-esque note on someone’s desk chair, keyboard, or in their internal mailbox. (In large companies, it’s an awfully nice surprise to open one of those ugly brown interoffice envelopes and find a sweet little card or note inside. Much better than the typical report or binder that usually travels in those.)
Who’s ready for thanks from you? Don’t wait–write the note today.
5. Smile more.
Seriously. People will wonder why you’re so damned happy. And that makes them notice you, watch you (what’s she thinking?) and in general, want to be around you more. And when people want to be around you, that’s how to get noticed.
It’s not hard, it’s free, and it works. So give us a grin, won’t you?