What's your career credit rating?

You work hard to advance your career. But if you don’t get credit for your accomplishments, there’s a good chance you’ll be overlooked for a promotion when the time comes.

In today’s fast-paced work environments that rely heavily on teamwork, it’s easy for individual contributions to go unnoticed. To keep your career moving forward, it’s imperative that you increase your visibility. But it can be tricky to know how to call attention to your work without seeming like a brazen self-promoter.

Getting the credit you deserve requires good personal PR. Short of hiring someone to manage your career, you can do the job yourself. Here are some tips on how to tactfully gain recognition at the office and get noticed at work.

Be seen and heard

Staff meetings are good forums for you to contribute and gain exposure. Sharing ideas and proposing solutions to problems in a group setting in addition to one-on-one discussions reduces the risk of your contributions being attributed to someone else. You’ll also appear more self-confident to your manager.

Go the extra mile

Don’t wait for an opportunity to come to you to flex your skills or perhaps work with influential people. Seek out projects that will let your talents shine or volunteer to help colleagues who might benefit from your expertise in a particular area. Not only will you enhance your visibility, you’ll also demonstrate your value to the company.

Flaunt your people skills

Employers value workers who possess strong interpersonal skills and can interact with a wide range of colleagues and customers. Put your positive attitude to good use by being helpful and accessible to your coworkers. But don’t stop there; take an interest in others outside your immediate circle as well. You never know when a casual office acquaintance might move into a leadership position and have an influence on your professional future.

Hard work is its own reward, but it may be the only one you’ll get if your contributions aren’t singled out. Play it smart when it comes to managing your own career and be vigilant for appropriate opportunities to get the credit you deserve. After all, who has a more vested interest in your success than you?

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