5 Ways to Stand Out at Work and Own Your Career

It might seem like common sense when it comes to figuring out how to be a “good employee”. But the truth is, once you become set in your ways, it’s actually not such a given. Whether that means working for the same company for the last 5+ years, or even just being in the same industry for most of your working adult-life, it’s always good to check in with yourself and honestly evaluate how your work affects your own personal growth/fulfillment and how that might actually be hurting your big-picture career path. Sound like a daunting task? Don’t stress! We’re here to get you started with these five simple ways to not only stand out at work, but also to advance within your career! 

1) Own your job. Whether you’re at your ultimate “dream job”, or just a part-time gig as a means to pay the bills, you should always be fully invested in the work you are doing. Passion is hard to ignore. If you’re taking your job seriously and putting your all into it everyday, there is no doubt this will lead to personal and professional advancement. Pro tip: Try making yourself indispensable by pitching new ideas to your boss. 

2)  You’re never too experienced to learn. It’s common for employees to lose their enthusiasm or become comfortable after a few months or years with the same company. Don’t let yourself burn out! Try and always maintain a hunger for learning beyond your job description and don’t be afraid to ask questions. A willingness to show curiosity and learn, demonstrates ambition. 

3) Volunteer. Let’s be honest here, sometimes it’s just easier to do the bare minimum. Life is busy and you might not feel the need to put more on your plate than there already is. But the payoff ultimately makes it worth it. Raise your hand and volunteer for projects or work assignments where you can use your skills to help other employees. This will demonstrate your ability to not only manage but also shows that you are a true team-player. We promise this will not go unnoticed. 

4) Embrace a positive attitude. Nobody wants to be a part of a toxic work culture. The best way to do your part in this is to avoid taking part gossip or other negative workplace trivialities. If you’re able to stay away from this, those around you, as well as upper management, will surely see you as someone who enhances the workplace environment. Never underestimate the power of a smile and a good, positive attitude. 

5) Believe in yourself. Okay… we know, it doesn’t get cheesier than that. BUT there is so much to be said in having confidence in what you do and in your capabilities. Here’s the key though: There is a fine line between being cocky and confident. Own your decisions, stand and sit tall, look people in the eye and speak with certainty. The more you believe in yourself and your abilities, the more others will too.      

December 12, 2019