Last Updated May 12, 2010 8:00 AM EDT
Visibility isn't just about being in the meeting, and it's not limited by your position. Other Sr. Specialists have been promoted and it wasn't because they were lucky enough to snag a chair in a conference room. I've been in lots of meetings with lots of people and some of those people were going up, some were going down and some were doomed to being in the same position until they were willing to make a change.
You need to make a change.
Because, you see, it's not about your title or your job description, it's about what you are doing. Do you fit into any of the following categories:
- Do things the same way you've always done them
- Complain about workload
- Unwilling to cross train
- Unwilling to help a co-worker unless there is something in it for you
- Completes all work as assigned, on time, as instructed
You need to do all your work on time, but you need to do it better than your instructions. You need to solve problems that other people didn't even realize were problems until you've solved them. You need to make a difference to the company. That's how you gain visibility. Trust me, you'll be invited to the meetings once you start giving them a reason why you need to be there. And that reason is going to come through what you do, not what your title is or who is issuing the invitations.
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