5 ways to raise your profile at work
|January 14, 2012||Posted by Joy Adams under Career, Communication|
Do you remember when you were a kid and people went out of their way to praise your good behavior? There were stickers on charts and ice cream for perfect attendance. Now that we’re adults, this sort of treatment is a fantasy. Sometimes we work so hard and no one seems to notice a thing.
As a communications professional, I can tell you that there are still stickers and ice cream out there for those of you who know where to find them. One thing that always shocks me in my role as an internal communications team member is how few managers put in the effort to share the great things that their team is doing. If you are a manager, make it a point to do the following:
- Have lunch with someone from your internal and/or external communications team in the next week
- Explain to them what your team does and will be doing – they are always looking for interesting stories
- If someone gets a promotion, be sure to send it to both the internal and external communications teams
- Create a list of awards or speaking events that your team could participate in, then see that you follow through on those opportunities
- Send briefs and press releases to your alumni magazine – they often need people to comment on issues and appear in story features. At a minimum, you might get into the alumni notes so that others can see what you’re up to
All of the things that I just listed will help you raise your profile and the profile of your team. In the past, you could count on others to promote you. Now, you need to take a step forward and do it for yourself…just don’t forget to take a little trip to the ice cream store afterwards.
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