How to Boast to Your Boss Without Bragging

How to Advance Your Career

If you want to advance your career, you'll need to have not only the right skills and experience, but also the willingness to promote the fact that you have them.

"While doing great work is critical to getting ahead, it's also important that people know about it. Unfortunately, hard work sometimes goes unnoticed by the people who matter the most -- and it's up to you to change that," author Mary Lorenz writes in an article for job-search website CareerBuilder.

But self-promotion can be a double-edged sword, according to Lorenz. "On the one hand, talking about yourself goes against everything your mother taught you growing up. Go about it the wrong way, and you risk coming across as pompous or arrogant," she says. "On the other hand, you can't always count on other people to sing your praises."

Boasting, therefore, is like so many other things: If you want it done right, you've got to do it yourself.

To do it in a way that makes you seem humble instead of conceited, try working accomplishments into everyday conversations where they feel most natural: When someone asks, "How are you?" or "What's happening?"

"The next time your boss asks, 'What's going on?,' don't just default to your go-to response of 'not much,'" Lorenz says. "Have an actual answer ready. This seemingly simple question is actually a huge opportunity to talk about a cool project you're working on, a recent accomplishment or that thank-you email a client just sent you."

Another idea: Don't talk about yourself; talk about your team. "An easy, subtle way to talk yourself up is to promote others at the same time," Lorenz continues. "For example, if you worked on a project that recently got great results, say something like, 'So proud to be part of this talented team. Our hard work really paid off!'"

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