Take 5: 12 Ways to Advance Your Career in 5 Minutes or Less

10. Say thanks

Ask your boss for five minutes of his or her time, then share one way in which his or her leadership has helped you in your career. Most people don’t call meetings unless they have something to complain about, so saying “thanks” will not only differentiate you from your co-workers, it will position you as a great person to work with.