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Promote yourself:

There's a distinction between self-promotion & being boastful & it's important to get it right.
By Maria Forrest
Date: June 13 2013
Tags: work,
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It’s really important in today’s working world that you know your own value and make sure others know it also. But it’s also a balancing act to get it right. You don’t want people not to notice what you achieve, but if you are too boastful, it will well and truly backfire.

Here are three tips to promote yourself at work without looking too conceited.

1.  Do your job well

Your biggest promotional tool is your work ethic, not your words. Arriving to work on time, meeting deadlines, being amenable and a good colleague all assist in promoting you as a great worker. Perform your job impeccably; that will speak for itself.

2.  Pitch in

Offer to help an overwhelmed colleague with his or her work. But do this quietly - there’s no need to boast about it. It will show you’re a team player who helps when needed, and in turn, your colleague is sure to mention your team spirit. This way, others do your promoting for you.

3.  Put it in writing

Update your social media accounts (liked LinkedIn and Twitter) with short, fact-based descriptions of your success. Keep track of your work performance, your achievements, where you’ve helped a colleague, the ‘extra mile’ you’ve done. When you’re up for your review, that’s the right time to self-promote. Even more important than what you did, be sure to mention what you learned, as well as what you could have done better. Beyond self-promotion, it shows you’re self-aware which is very valuable in an employee.

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