Even if your Boss/Supervisor swamps you with petty tasks and doesn't appreciate all you do, you can always "manage up" to make sure the boss's boss knows your worth. Here are seven ways to do that:
1. Be the best at something by developing a high degree of skill on a topic or picking up technical knowledge (such as software skills) that can help your company. News of your expertise will trickle up.
2. Volunteer for a rush job or a project that's running over deadline. Higher-ups will notice. Execs love employees who show their commitment to the team.
3. Seek out praise for your group. When you say, "My team did a great job," that's showing leadership skill that people will remember.
4. Nurture relationships with key clients. If you're in a position to be indispensable to key clients, you'll be able to build on your professional relationships with them.
5. Become a mentor. You're never too young to share your experience with junior members of your organization.
6. Praise your boss—when it's deserved—to your co-workers and other supervisors. Example: If your boss has been extra supportive of your career development, write her an e-mail telling her that you appreciate it. Be sure to "cc" her boss.
7. Gain a deep understanding of your boss's goals, the department's strategies and the company's objectives. It will help you set priorities and make smart decisions about what work to tackle.