The main way is to make yourself noticed and noticeable…
We don’t mean wear a brightly coloured shirt to work or be the loudest in the office…
Get involved in something outside of your comfort zone
So long as it does not interfere with your work, no employer will ever think badly of you for being proactive and taking a genuine interest in what’s going on outside of your business unit.
Ask to go for a coffee with a senior member of the business
Again, it is in the interests of senior management to promote the business to more junior employees. All employers want their teams to be invested in the success of the company and what’s the worst they can say? I’m too busy… Get something booked in for a couple of months time and we guarantee that when the time eventually comes around and you knock on their door ready to go down to grab a coffee, they won’t send you away. Find out where the business is going and relay the positives of your role to them.
Emphasise your successes to line managers
People are busy and if you’re getting on with your work diligently in the background, you will eventually get noticed. However, if you want to speed the ‘getting noticed’ process up a bit, forward them emails from clients/other members of the business when they contain great feedback or the email equivalent of a pat on the back.
If you work in an industry where this doesn’t happen too often or it mostly happens in person and not in writing, ask those good feedback-ers to send some positive words about you on to your line manager. Again, when you don’t ask, you don’t get, and if you’ve done a good job for someone they will be more than happy to give you a leg up onto the ladder towards a promotion.