Bring a solution with your challenge
Complaining about a problem to your boss will certainly get you noticed, but not in the way you want. Here’s the deal: take initiative to make something that’s already being done in the office even better. Bring the idea to your boss, or even better, mention it to her after you’ve tried it for a week and can report on the good results. Mangers want to promote employees who can think their way out of a challenge rather than asking for a fix.
Avoid the water cooler convo
Don’t get caught up in the “he-said-she-said” office politics. No matter the job or company, you’re sure to work with someone whom you don’t care for in situations that are less than perfect. The person who can find success in the midst of difficult personalities and drama filled cubicles will be the employee who moves up the ladder.
Do more than your job description
Who gets the corner office with a view? Not the “that’s not my job” guy, that’s for sure. No, it’s not up to you to do everyone’s work, but if there’s an opportunity to work interdepartmentally or to fill a spot for an advantageous project, take it. Management appreciates, not to mention looks kindly on, the team member who’s willing to build (and showcase) their skills.
Share the wealth of success
Help your teammates become successful. This step is not to be confused with carry your co-workers on your back, but if there’s an opportunity to make your team better, you should be first to jump in. Good leaders find ways to make the process easier, make the team’s work load a little lighter and ultimately strengthen the office.
Don’t leave it to chance
While you may be doing all the things needed to demonstrate a strong work ethic and get the attention of your supervisors, don’t ever leave it to chance that your manager knows you’re ready to take the next professional step. Talk with your boss about your desired career moves within the company. It’s your career; make sure you’re the one holding the reins.