Why and how should I be more visible?
If you lean more toward the introverted side of the personality spectrum, visibility may feel like the last thing you want in your life and job. That’s the trade-off, however, if you want your peers and bosses to understand your value, accomplishments and how you contribute to your organization.
Here are five actionable ways to create more visibility for yourself while remaining true to who you are.
1. Join a professional trade association
Look for a professional association relating to your career field, such as 100 Women in Finance if you work in finance, or the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) if you work in HR.
To find options relevant to your industry, search online for your job title or function followed by “professional association.”
The healthcare, management, and food preparation and serving industries are projected to have the highest percentage of jobs added over the 2021-2031 period, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). If you belong to or are entering any of these industries, joining a related trade association could help you tap into emerging opportunities.
One ancillary opportunity is visibility. Rush recommends emailing your professional trade association newsletter to your work team to increase your visibility.
“Let’s say the newsletter has an article focused on a problem your team faces, such as best practices to solve work-group issues. Sharing these innovative ideas with your team is a way to increase your visibility and project your value,” Rush explains.
Your team will start seeing you as a leader and know you go the extra mile to keep up with the trends.
2. Get your voice heard in meetings
Push yourself to say more in meetings and learn to become an engaging speaker; it’s a great way to increase your visibility and demonstrate your knowledge within your team or department or to top management.
Don’t feel ready to speak up during a meeting? To boost your confidence, read the agenda beforehand and consider the questions or points you want to raise. This will help you feel more prepared and ready to contribute.