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How to Get Noticed and Advance at Work Without Being a Self Promoter

How to Get Noticed and Advance at Work Without Being a Self Promoter

“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

“The nail that sticks out, gets hammered down.”

Asian professionals in the workplace face this dichotomy daily.  Growing up, many Asian kids are taught to keep their heads down and just work hard.  You will get noticed for what you do.  Assimilate and don’t stick out.  However, we know that in Western societies, keeping your head down doesn’t work for Asians.  We are known as good workers but not good leaders.

For many of us, it’s hard to figure out how to get noticed for advancement without being a self promoter.  Let’s face it, no one likes a self promoter.  You know the type, the attention seeking, hogs the conversation, and never hesitates to tell you how “good they are” or “what they know.”  

So how do we to get Noticed and advance at work without being a self promoter? How do we get get out of our comfort zone and our upbringing?

This will involve a combination of showcasing your skills, contributing positively to the team, and building strong professional relationships.  Here are some tips to think about:

Deliver Quality Work: Consistently produce high-quality work that meets or exceeds expectations. This will naturally draw attention to your abilities and dedication.  No amount of self promotion will overcome poor performance.

Be Proactive: Take the initiative to identify and solve problems. If you see an opportunity to improve a process or project, speak up and offer your ideas.  

Collaborate Effectively: Work well with others and contribute positively to team projects. Collaboration skills are highly valued in any workplace.

Help Others: Offer assistance to your colleagues when they need it. Being a team player and supporting others will contribute to a positive work environment.

Express Interest: Show genuine interest in the work of your team and the organization. Attend meetings, ask questions, and demonstrate enthusiasm for your projects.

Seek Feedback: Request feedback on your performance and use it constructively to improve. This shows a commitment to personal and professional development.

Share Credit: When you achieve success as a team, acknowledge the contributions of your colleagues. Sharing credit demonstrates humility and teamwork.

Professional Development: Stay current with industry trends and continuously enhance your skills. Attend relevant workshops or training sessions.

Networking: Build relationships with colleagues across different departments. Networking can help you gain visibility beyond your immediate team.

Positive Attitude: Maintain a positive and optimistic attitude. A positive demeanor can have a significant impact on how you are perceived by others.

Raise Your Hand: No one will ever know of your goals unless you let them know.  The “put me in coach” is important for advancement.  I delayed my own advancement at my first job out of college because I tell the right people what I wanted.  I watched less experienced and accomplished individuals pass me up, until I finally raised my hand and asked.  .


Inside out members area, we dive deep into this topic with some great advice from Honorary Founders like, Santa Ona, the President of the University of Michigan, Sheen Yap Chan, #1 best selling author, Claudia Chan, coach and award winning speaker, Eric Shi, COO and even more coming your way.  Log in and watch now.  If you aren’t yet a member, join now and get access to great content and network with other AAPI professionals to further your development and opportunities.  


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