If you're having some trouble convincing your boss that you're really engaged and interested in getting ahead, one of the best ways to show that you're eager to do a great job is to fix your own problems instead of making everything your boss's problem. Don't just point out problems when you see them; point them out and offer up a solution you think would fix it.Of course, this works best when you have a boss that you can work with, won't just take your solution and apply it and take credit for it, and overall just isn't a jerk. (If they are a jerk, odds are you're not interested in getting them on your side anyway.)
If you're trying to get ahead, Forbes suggests that a good way is to fix your own problems and then share your experience with your boss and team so your boss understands you have a commitment to improving your job, not just doing good work. They have a number of other suggestions, not the least of which is just "work hard and do good work". They also suggest showing a long-term interest in your job by taking on projects that you know will last for a long time, or to take the initiative on new projects without being asked.
What are some of the ways you show your boss or management that you're involved and engaged with your job? Obviously just doing good work is a great starting point, but what other ways do you show you're in it for the long haul? Share your suggestions in the comments below.
How to Win Over Your Boss [Forbes]