One of the problems of relocating to a big city as a career move can be the fact that, with so many people, you are only one more person among thousands. Whatever skill or talent you possess that made you stand out in your base camp will no longer be solely enough to get you the attention of those who will make the decisions regarding your advancement. In order to stand out from the crowd, you will need to do something completely different from everyone else; or do something bold enough that will get you the attention you require. Steady plodding will not get you far when everyone around you is competing for the same spots. So here are some ways you can get noticed in a big city:
Use the Media to Your Advantage
If your career is in front of the public eye, like being a model or performer, then you no press is bad press. You will have to find ways to manipulate the media into running photos and stories on you. One way to do this is to be as notorious as possible, but once the wild child image sticks, it can be hard to shake off. Instead, look for ways and deals you can get your face and skills up into advertising. For instance, if you are an aspiring actress in Melbourne and need the exposure, wrangle some billboards Melbourne is big enough that the more people see it, the more people will remember your face. Ultimately though, there is no substitute for real talent so if you are just coasting on PR ploys, your career will stall. But as long as you have the goods to back it, advertisements and endorsement deals are a good way to get noticed.
Find the Right People to Impress
There’s no point in trying to impress your immediate supervisor if the person calling the shots is an executive in another part of the building. Be diligent, do your work well and find ways to be around when the big boss goes by. In a crowded office, chances are slim that the high-ups will ever notice the drudgery that those on the lower rungs will do. So be on the alert for openings like sitting in on meetings or filling in for somebody else where you will get your chance to impress the right people. Think about Anne Hathaway’s character in Devil Wears Prada. Andy steps up when her rival is sick and succeeds in winning the attention and admiration of her boss Miranda. When a chance is presented to her to advance in her career, she takes it.
Work the Grapevine
Anyone with a dash of common sense will know that people talk behind their backs. Even in a big city, the grapevine is the surest way of gathering information on people in the industry. So if you want to get noticed by the right people and stand out from the crowd, you have to be proactive about the news cycle regarding yourself. Talk to other people instead of shyly ignoring their advances; it can be misconstrued as arrogance otherwise. If you feel there will be gossip about you that you don’t want circulating, step in and add a dash of information that will nullify the rumours. One of the commonest examples is of a woman being branded as “easy.” Don’t wait for the rumour to make its rounds; kill it by whispering to a few gossips that you had to turn down – very politely – some advances from a lecherous person who is also very vindictive. End of rumour.