Did you start at your present employer as an intern and now you’re getting ready to graduate college? Have you recently earned an advanced degree? Are you starting a new job? How do you let others know about your credentials? My ten tips below will help you develop your presence in the workplace through written and oral communication.
- Prepare business cards with your name followed by your degree i.e. B.S., B.A, M.S., M.A., M. E.; Ph.D. etc. Remember to use a professional font and color. Also, use quality card stock. Do NOT print on a home computer.
- Write interoffice memos on your personalized notepads, stationary, or sticky notes that include your name, degree, and job title.
- Sign documents using your conferred degree when appropriate; example, Jerri J. Ray, M.S.
- Write articles for your office newsletter. If you do not have an office newsletter start one and include a short biography, so everyone learns about you.
- Use your elevator speech or short biography about you, on the bottom of your emails below your signature block.
- Provide your supervisor a weekly memo of what you accomplished during the week, outstanding projects, and what you are planning to perform for the upcoming week. Do not wait until it is time for your annual review to try and sell yourself. Keep a weekly list of what you have done to improve your job performance for the benefit of the company.
- Stay abreast of current trends in your area of expertise. Forward journal articles or newspaper articles of interest to your supervisor and use a personalized sticky note when writing a short note to state why you found the article of interest.
- Contribute to staff meetings by always having an article or item of interest to share or by giving a presentation.
- Attend workshops and then give a presentation to your co-workers on what you learned.
- Smile, maintain eye contact and use your manners.
These ten tips will get you noticed and remembered in a very subtle, professional manner so that when there’s a new job opening, you’ll be considered for advancement.
Now is the time to invest in you. Work with your Strategic Success Formula Coach for guidance before you order your personalized stationery, memo pads, sticky notes, and business cards. Employing the ten tips above will guarantee you will no longer be lumped in a category of being just another invisible new hire or worker bee. You will be recognized as the professional you are.