Today’s job market is more competitive than it’s ever been. Everyone’s stacking qualifications and fluffing up their educational backgrounds, so much so that “overqualified” may be the new “qualified.” The internet has made it much easier for overqualified individuals to connect with an employer. But this is a double-edged sword, as it also makes it easier for employers to look for people with better qualifications than you.
So, the goal is to make yourself an invaluable employee — someone who’s hard to replace. Below are three steps to do just that.
Avoid Going on Extended Leaves
Everyone loves a paid leave, but some handle theirs better than most do. While most people save their leave days for one long and stretched-out vacation, a smart employee knows better. It’s wise to remember that HR, other than plan and hand out payrolls, also keeps track of employee performance and collaborates with other areas of management in assessing workforce productivity.
Taking an extended leave as opposed to spacing out your leave days throughout the year gives HR an opportunity to see just how valuable you are to the company. Simply put: being gone for weeks gives HR and your manager a picture of what it’s like without you around. That visualization isn’t always pretty but spells “retrenchment” in some cases. It would do you much more good to stay on the safe side, but if you just can’t resist 2 straight weeks in the Bahamas, you could always…
Prove Your Worth, Proactively
Letting your accomplishments do the talking at work may be the noble and humble thing to do, but it sometimes won’t get you the recognition you deserve. By ensuring a steady flow of communication between you and your superiors, you can let them know that you’re putting out fine work. When you’re capable of taking on some more work, ask how else you could be of use.
There is, however, a fine line between confidence and being a show off. as well as between being enthusiastic and being annoying. If you get a good read of your superiors and work environment, you won’t have to cross that line. The key here is having a healthy communication relationship with the faces you don’t need to see during the weekend
Do Some Personal Branding
Not being in advertising isn’t an excuse to neglect how people see you. This goes hand-in-hand with being proactive and communicating with the people around you. Let people – especially your superiors – know you particularly for your kind of work and your competence. To do this, you’ll need to fully inform yourself of your place and role in the company, own it, and maximize your usefulness accordingly.
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