Effective IT habit No. 8: Take on jobs no one else wants
Safe, predictable jobs won't get you into trouble, but they won't earn you any glory either. It's the tough jobs where you can prove your value, says John Paul Engel, principal for Knowledge Capital Consulting.
"The best career advice I ever received was from then president of Citibank California who told me, 'Look for the biggest problem and solve it because therein lies your greatest opportunity'," he says.
Take on a project that's already going well, the best you can hope for is that it will continue to go well. Take on something that's a disaster and turn it around -- even just a little better -- and you get a reputation as somebody who gets things done, Engel adds.