A published article in a related journal, newsletter, magazine or other professional publication can lead to new opportunities and connections. This (often national) exposure can make your résumé stand out by highlighting your advanced subject matter expertise.
Look for opportunities to present at a conference or other professional meeting. Excellent presentations are memorable and help build your brand and identity. They offer opportunities for maximum professional exposure and opportunity.
Taking a leadership role on a special project, initiative, or committee will bring attention to your ability to manage projects and people. These are especially important if you are a young professional aspiring to a future managerial or leadership role.
Creating a unique professional tool (training, job aid, website, workshop, product, etc.) will demonstrate your creativity and focus on improving service. These special contributions can be highlighted in year-end performance appraisals and résumés.
The ability to collaborate across large organizations is an important workplace skill. It is particularly impressive when these collaborations are “trans-disciplinary” and include relevant partners across several sectors (HR, Finance, IT, Student Services, etc.). Look for common problems, interests, themes, objectives and see if you can create new partnerships to address them in novel ways.
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