And your professional reputation matters – a lot.
You want the people you work with to perceive you as someone who cares about the work you do and the people you work with. It is up to you, each and every day, to bring the best version of yourself to work.
If you don’t feel you are earning the professional reputation you need or deserve, try implementing some of these ideas today.
Master Your Role
Before you are ready to take on new challenges, you must perform your job exceptionally well. That means you’ll have to do more than just complete assigned tasks.
Performance and understanding of technical skills are only part of mastery. You must provide proof that you care about the work you do. This includes arriving at work on time, fully completing projects before the deadline, and with a high level of accuracy. It also requires you demonstrate emotional intelligence, which is your ability to understand your emotions and the emotions of other people. Don’t overlook the importance of developing your self-awareness, empathy, motivation, self-regulation and social skills.
Champion a Special Project
Once you’ve mastered your current role, look for other opportunities within your organization to lead a special project. Large or small, every team has a project that ends up on the back burner due to time constraints or insufficient resources. Touch base with your manager first and ask if there is a postponed project you could help with.
(Carefully) Suggest Improvements
Instead of complaining or criticizing an initiative, provide an alternate solution that would improve upon the task at hand. It’s easy to find fault, but much tougher to suggest alternative solutions. But be aware, you have to earn the right to make suggestions. And if you do speak up, be prepared to lead the project.
Highlight The Work of Others
Go ahead and talk about the great things your company and team have accomplished. Give a public shout-out on social media to someone who went out of their way to help you solve a problem or thank the team for working together to meet a deadline. It is far easier to highlight the work other people do than it is to promote your own efforts.
Contribute Within Online Communities
In other words, share what you know and help other people. When you contribute to online communities, not only do people see you are a valuable resource, they also recognize the fact that you took the time to help other people.
Simply offer help or share lessons learned with other people in online communities. Look for questions you’ve had experience solving and share how you overcame the hurdles. Being a compassionate community member earns you recognition and respect.
Always Do the Right Thing
There will be times when you’ll feel ambivalent about what you’re being asked to do. So you should listen to your gut. Then, speak up, stand up or walk away. From avoiding office gossip to taking a moral high ground on how to resolve a client issue, your professional reputation reflects where you stand on ethical or moral issues.
It’s up to you to stick to what you believe in. Just realize, not everyone will have the same beliefs you do. This could become a potential problem and may even result in you losing your job. At the end of the day, you will need to stand behind any decision you make.
Over Prepare For Everything
Over prepare for your upcoming meeting. Know the facts and know how you will present the information to best connect with the people you are speaking with. You can even over prepare for meetings you attend without having to present. Review the meeting agenda topics, familiarize yourself with past meeting minutes and/or action items and show you are paying attention – take notes.
Even your workday can become more efficient when you establish a productive routine and create a list of action items. Then, build strong habits which will carry you forward in your career and enhance your professional reputation.
Treat Others Kindly
There’s an old saying that implies you should treat others as you’d want them to treat you. Be kind. Remember the simple things like saying thank you when someone holds the door or does a favor for you. It takes very little effort on your part to make someone feel recognized and appreciated.
It’s often the small things that matter most!
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About the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!