If you want your boss to notice you, you need to stand out at work. When this happens, you’ll have more chance of a promotion, for example, and other elements that go towards ensuring you’re happy in your work. This is crucial. We work so much of the time that being happy in that job is non-negotiable. If you’re not happy at work, you’ll be miserable in other areas of your life as well because your work will always be in the back of your mind. If you’re happy, however, you’ll always have something to look forward to, and that can make the rest of your life more positive as well. 

Standing out and being noticed is a big part of this happiness, but it’s not something that everyone is comfortable doing. Many don’t know how, even if they do want to. With that in mind, read on to find out how to stand out at work to get what you want and accomplish your ultimate career goals. 

Know What Your Goals Are

Understanding what your career growth goals are is a vital part of standing out at work. When you know where you want to go and which direction you need to be heading in, you can ensure that everything you do points in that same direction as well. For example, if you want to be promoted to become a manager, you can start taking on those responsibilities early on, proving that you can do what will be asked of you. If, however, you want to build up your network so that you’ll have a lot more choice when it comes to your next step, you can start connecting with other people within your organization to ensure that this happens. 

If you know what your goals are you can much more easily work out how to achieve them. Without goals or with vague goals that are hard to pin down, it will be impossible to know what to do next, and this could mean you end up doing nothing at all – this inaction may well stand out, but not for the positive reasons you would want. 

Exceed Expectations 

As an employee, you will be asked to do various tasks, and your job will essentially be to complete those tasks within a certain timeframe. This is simplistic, but it’s the essence of anyone’s working day. However, accepting the tasks and completing them is not going to be enough if you want to stand out. This is the bare minimum you’ll need to do, and it’s what you get paid for, after all. It’s good, but it’s not exceptional.

If you want to stand out at work, you’ll need to exceed expectations when it comes to your job. When you are given a task to complete, you must work hard to ensure it’s not just done on time, but it’s done to a high standard ahead of time. And this must be something you are able to do consistently. The more you can exceed expectations, the more you’ll stand out for all the right reasons. When the time comes to move on to whatever you want to do next, you’ll already be known, helping you get ahead of other candidates for the promotion or job you are hoping for. 

Volunteer To Do More 

Most people will do their work and leave at the end of the day. They certainly won’t ask for any more work, and they won’t always volunteer to help out when required. This is not a problem; no one should ever have to do more than they are paid for or more than they are happy to do, and a good work-life balance is something to hold sacred. 

However, if you want to stand out at work, you will need to consider taking on some extra volunteer work or helping out on top of what you are paid to do from time to time. This should never become something that causes your mental or physical health to suffer, and it must not be something that your employer begins to expect – it should always be your choice, and you need to know where to draw the line. 

Yet helping out with additional work once in a while is a great way to stand out. You can show that you want to be of use to the business and that you have the skills needed to do whatever work has to be done. You can also use this chance to show that you are reliable and trustworthy. As long as you don’t go overboard, you can use this idea to your advantage when it comes to standing out at work. 

Help Others 

If you want to stand out at work, it’s probably because you want to advance your career, and there is nothing wrong with that. But what if you could stand out, potentially advance your career, and help others at the same time? This is a great idea and, if you can do it, you should.

When you work with other people, there are sure to be times when they aren’t sure about what they’re doing or they don’t know something and it’s holding them back. This could be because they’ve only just started working there or perhaps because there is some new technology they need to use and they are just getting to grips with it. If you know how you could help them, you should offer them advice and teach them what to do. 

Or how about if a colleague is feeling overwhelmed because of the amount of work they have to do and you took some of it on for them because you have some extra time? 

In any of these scenarios, and plenty more, you’ll find that you can stand out as being the person who is always willing to help other people and go the extra mile. This will look impressive, and it will mean your colleagues are right behind you all the way in whatever you choose to do next. This support can be invaluable.