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Getting ahead at workDoes it sometimes feel even though you’re giving your best effort to shine at work, the efforts go unnoticed? This situation is very common, and it can be so frustrating to watch as colleagues get ahead while you seem to fall behind.

Here are some tips to help you get ahead – whether you’re trying to climb the corporate ladder or for the chance to use your strengths more regularly at work.

Refrain From Making Negative Comments
The workplace can be a hotbed of negativity, especially when gossip is common. Whenever you feel tempted to speak your mind in a negative way, try keep your lips zipped. Otherwise, people may see you as someone who always puts others down. That isn’t the best perception for coworkers to have if you’re trying to get ahead.

Put Yourself Out There
Many people are afraid to let bosses know they have abilities or talents that could be especially useful. Whether there’s a new contract on the horizon or you’ve just found out a new team is being created in your department, always keep an eye out for things that are changing. After getting the details, be sure to be politely assertive if it seems there are new jobs that need fulfilling and you feel you could competently do them.

Try to Do Everything With Excellence
Understandably, it’s tempting to do mundane tasks with the minimum effort necessary. However, you’re more likely to be considered for opportunities when you make a habit of doing every assignment to the best of your abilities. That shows dedication, and it also indicates you have a great deal of respect for the workplace at large.

Take Credit When It’s Due
Many people see humility as a virtue. In some cases it is, but if you don’t take credit for something you did in your own right, someone else might, even if it’s not warranted for him or her.

Showcase What You Know
Although it’s smart to verbally tell someone you have expertise in a certain subject matter, that statement should also be backed up by verifiable evidence. Fortunately, social media platforms and blogs offer just two of many ways you can write and share content that helps you build a reputation as someone who’s truly knowledgeable about a subject.

Be a Self Starter
Sometimes it’s not necessary to wait to get the go-ahead if you see something that needs to be done. Taking action and initiative is as simple as cleaning up the break room after a company party without being asked. Always keep your eyes peeled for ways that you can pitch in at work. Even if you don’t think someone’s watching, they probably are. Diligence and motivation get noticed.

Learn From People You Admire
Getting ahead at work doesn’t always initially require perceptible action on your behalf. Sometimes it involves watching colleagues who are in positions you aspire to, then later trying to emulate them. You may even find it useful to invite influential people from work to join you at social events away from the office. Spending time with colleagues outside of work can provide a low-key environment in which to learn and grow.

Strengthen and Maintain Relationships With Everyone At Work
People often have good workplace relationships with people they truly enjoy, or those they have to be around due to the scope of their jobs. However, getting in the running for better opportunities at work almost always means going out of your way to be a great relationship builder.

Be equally cordial and friendly to people you like, and people you don’t. Teamwork is frequently a major aspect of workplace advancement. If people can see you’re doing what you can to get along with everyone at work, it could go a long way in helping you get where you want to be.

There’s no exact science to getting ahead at work, instead it’s a combination and a balance of the above points but at the end of the day you need to do what works for you and your personality.

Sarah Landrum is a freelance writer and career blogger sharing advice on navigating the work world and finding happiness and success in your career. You can find her on her blog, Punched Clocks, or on Twitter @SarahLandrum.
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