While you used to earn advancement by working hard and helping your boss, now you need to find a way to get noticed by people above your boss, without coming across as an annoying self-promoter.
Here are tips that can help you pull it off.
1. Make the most of meetings. Do your homework before heading into a meeting that includes higher-ups. Look at the agenda and think of something relevant to say, so you will get noticed for contributing something smart.
2. Establish yourself as a trend tracker. Learn about new technologies or strategies that can benefit your company. Then take steps to teach others and demonstrate the value of adoption.
3. Prepare to make pertinent small talk. Always have conversation ideas on hand so you can talk about something besides the weather when you get an unexpected opportunity to speak with someone above your pay grade.
4. Volunteer to serve on special teams. If the call goes out for volunteers for a big project or multi-department initiative, make sure your name gets on the list. It will help you stand out, show your skills and make connections.
— Adapted from “Get noticed and get promoted,” Elaine Pofeldt, CNN Money.