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Insights: How to Make Yourself More Visible for Advancement

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Submitted by: WISE NYC Metro member | 6-15 years professional experience

I've been taught that if you work hard, you will be rewarded. I'm noticing that is not always the case as colleagues in my department who do minimal work and have no direct reports are being promoted. What "soft skills" would I need to develop that would enable me to be more visible and strategic so that they can see that I am ready for advancement?


Many people think that “if I work hard and keep my head down people will notice me” and it is simply not true. While hard work is very important and will keep you employed, you also need to be “seen”. Those people you think are doing minimal work are “playing the game” better than you. 
Here are some tips to help move your career move forward:

  • Try to get onto some project teams
  • Look for any gaps that need to be filled where you can step in and do
  • Speak up
  • Be visible
  • See where you can improve the workings of the office or in your role
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Jane Hollman

About Jane Hollman

Jane Hollman has more than 25 years experience in senior human resources roles at large multinationals and sports across Asia Pacific and the United States. Currently a career coach, she helps business leaders and university students think through their career paths. Hollman is passionate about creating flexible, innovative work places and mentors women looking to start their own businesses. She is also a freelance writer covering the business of sports for publications such as Women Talking Sports.

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