1. Show up early every day--Don't just show up on time; show up early. Especially if you live in a city with traffic, always give yourself more than enough time to arrive on time. On the days you arrive early, get settled in and get your secondary tasks out of the way before it's time to get down to business.
2. Never complain--We all have negative opinions about some things, just keep yours to yourself. Neither your boss nor your co-workers want to hear about your problems. They want to hear only about your solutions. Give any constructive and proactive ideas to your boss in a professional manner and you just might find yourself in an improved working environment and in a better position for a pay raise.
3. Create your own set of goals--Bosses love it when staff members come up with their own set of goals. It shows initiative, a desire to get ahead and the ability to think creatively. Write out your goals and ask your supervisor for a convenient time to discuss them. Keep written documentation of all your accomplishments and use this information during your next review.
4. Consult with your supervisor--Don't wait until your next performance review to find out how others think you can improve. Ask your supervisor what you need to do in order to improve your performance today. That will show initiative, a willingness to learn and eagerness to succeed.
5. Always volunteer--If you find yourself with extra time on your hands, volunteer for additional projects. Sometimes, other departments need more bodies, so don't be shy about exploring the workplace. Keep an eye out for any upcoming projects and always put your name in the hat.