CAREER EXPERT feat Chris Mead | Issue 39 of HEADHUNT

Feeling Undervalued??

Dear Hays Jobs Doctor,

As an employee, I always believe that an individual must be highly committed, dedicated and have a strong sense of responsibility. I have always put my heart in at work however I feel I am not being valued and appreciated for all the contributions that I've made for many years. What can I do to improve my situation?


Dear Naomi,

Thank you for your letter, In today’s economic climate and among executive jobs, it’s never been more important to be appreciated by your boss. The fact you feel you are undervalued or overlooked may mean you’ve slipped from your boss’ radar. Here are a few simple tips to help you get noticed at work.

1. Make a positive impact. Remember when you first started the job? You were out to make a good first impression at every chance you could through the quality of your work. It’s time to get into that frame of mind again and assume every opportunity is an opportunity to impress your manager with the good work you produce.

2. Add value. Businesses are understandably looking at increasing revenue as well as process and cost improvements, so look to where you can add value. For instance, accountant jobs can be the same, but you can set yourself apart from the competition by excelling in soft skills.

3. Upgrade your skills. Take every opportunity to volunteer for additional tasks that will not only improve your own employable skill base, but make you even more invaluable to your employer.

4. Made a mistake? Don’t panic, or worse, try to hide it. Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s how you handle the aftermath that can show your real strengths. Be honest with your manager, and go to them with a plan of how you intend to rectify the error.

5. Remember the basics. Arrive for work on time, show enthusiasm, look and act professionally and be organised.  Don’t watch the clock and be prepared to do that little bit extra – it does get noticed. You should also keep a record of your achievements, volunteer for committees, stay updated with trends in your industry, exceed targets, get work in before deadline, improve any skills that are deficient, and get to know people in other departments. I hope this advice helps you in your current situation and I sincerely wish you the very best in your career.

Kind Regards.....

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