Are you waiting for a raise or promotion that is long overdue? Have you been at your job for what feels like forever, but feel like you don’t exist? Do you see your peers moving up the corporate ladder while you stay stuck in the same position? Do you have high-level skills and the solutions to your boss’s problems, but you just feel invisible?
For many young professionals, being invisible at their workplace is the main reason they can’t break through the glass ceiling. For the last 15 years, I’ve been training students on how to stand out, get promoted, and become successful. I’m leading a Global Economic Movement which trains people to achieve their highest potential in business and in life. Today, I’m going to teach you how to become more memorable and break through that glass ceiling at your workplace with 6 important tips:
1. Find a Mentor
Finding a mentor either at work or outside of work is a great way to get some help breaking through the glass ceiling. Several of my mentees have thanked me for being the mentor who finally helped them do exactly this.
The right mentor can help you figure out why you’re not being looked at or considered, and what you might have to do to change that. They might be able to connect you with the right people or if they work with you, they might put in a good word for you with the guys upstairs.
2. Grow Your Workplace Connections
If you currently feel like the ‘invisible employee’, one of the reasons is probably because you don’t have very many connections with others at your work. Build connections with influential people at the workplace, power players and upper-management. Developing these connections takes effort, but it will pay off to have people in your corner. Make an effort to connect in meaningful ways. Treat someone to lunch and you’ll have an opportunity to connect on a personal level, outside of the office. If you can get to know who they are as a person without pushing your agenda or talking about work, you’re on the right track.
3. Ask and Repeat
The employees who are remembered and thought of when a high-ranking position opens up are not employees who expressed interest once.
Repeat yourself. The employees who consistently and repeatedly express interest in an upper-management position are the employees who will be thought of when something opens up. You will never be considered for advancement if nobody knows how badly you want it. People don’t typically get raises unless they ask for it, and people don’t get promoted unless they ask for it either.
4. Be Indispensable
Figure out ways to make yourself indispensable. Show how valuable you are. Find ways to identify and solve previously unsolved problems. Improve an existing service by finding a way to make it more efficient. Offer grade A research that you chose to complete during your own time that will save your boss time. Develop a beast-mode action mentality and take the initiative to increase your value in any way that you can. Finding ways to increase your value at work also helps you become noticed, get paid more, and could lead to that jackpot promotion – especially if you’re considered indispensable.
5. Invent a Role for Yourself
Invent a role for yourself and propose the idea to your boss. Propose a great idea for a new role at your company, and why you’d be the perfect person to fill it. Taking matters into your own hands shows your boss that you possess confidence, ambition, creative thinking, and entrepreneurial skills. Very few employees are proactive in this manner, so the act will be noticed in a good way.
6. SHOW OFF!
If you consistently make it known that you’re extra-talented at a certain skill, then you might be the first person thought of the next time a new role opens up that involves this skill. If you’re especially talented at copywriting, sales, or vendor relationships – don’t be humble or hide those talents. It’s crucial that the higher-ups know what you’re gifted at, and that they think nobody is as gifted at it as you are.
This concept also helps you overcome the “invisible employee” syndrome. As soon as you become known as “the one who’s awesome at _______ “ you’re no longer invisible. Suddenly, you’re known as “Jill, the woman who’s especially talented at partner relations” or “Jack, the guy who’s incredibly skilled at copywriting”. You’ve given yourself an identity at work by pushing the notion that you’ve got a hidden talent everyone needs to be aware of.
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