How to stand out at work

How to stand out at work

You may have heard about the importance of working hard, especially in the early stages of your career. This is very true, but what does hard work look like in a corporate setting? What would make you stand out from your colleagues and impress your boss? 

Read on to find out:

Help others

This might sound counter-productive – if you’re helping other people you’re not getting your own work done, right? Wrong. Obviously you need to stay on top of your own workload, but if at all possible, be the person who can always be counted on to lend a hand to others who may be drowning. Not only will your co-workers appreciate it, your boss will notice your generosity.

Be prompt and positive

Be the little ray of sunshine that lights up the office. Coming into work each day with a smile and a can-do attitude helps everyone, including you – even better if you come in a little bit early and are there before most people. Being prompt applies to your work too – finish everything you are given quickly (whilst still to a high standard) and your boss will adore you.

Show off that winning personality

You are the only you anywhere in the world – that in itself makes you stand out, so be yourself at work. Your interests, hobbies and the things you love make you memorable, especially in a large office. They’re also great conversation starters, which will help you develop great relationships with your new co-workers. Friendly, engaging, interesting people become leaders and CEOs. Just saying.

Put your hand up

When your boss asks for volunteers to work on a new project or stay back to get a major piece of work finished, be the first to offer your time. Become known as the go-to person for extra responsibilities. Even better, if you can see that you’ll need to stay back to meet a deadline, don’t wait for your boss to ask you, just do it – your initiative and loyalty will be rewarded.   

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have

The way you dress for work says a lot about you and how motivated you are to succeed. You don’t need a wardrobe full of expensive outfits to look the part, but you do need to look polished and conservative. It’s all about looking like you care. Many people find that dressing professionally has a positive effect on their work performance and attitude, too. So go grab an iron and watch out for that promotion.

Remember these tips if you want to stand out at work:

  • Be willing to lend a hand
  • Arrive early wearing a big smile
  • Be yourself
  • Dress for success


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