You can't get what you deserve unless you know what you're worth. Do your research online (payscale.com and salary.com have salary range information for most careers), ask around the office (verydiscreetly!), and check job boards to get an accurate picture of how your job is valued right now.
Who's going to fight for you when that office opens up? Building a close relationship with someone within your company who can fight for you is crucial for your professional growth. "A mentor's great, but a mentor can't get you a raise," says Lauren Zalaznick, president of NBC Universal Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks. "You need an advocate inside your company, putting a halo over you that equates to promotions, raises, and responsibility."
If you're willing to go the extra (few thousand) miles, volunteering to tackle an emerging market abroad is a one-of-a-kind chance to prove your leadership and business development abilities — plus, the opportunity to travel and learn a new culture isn't just a professional perk. And in tough economic climates, unless you're a proven superstar, this is the time to go where you're needed.
When you're asked to do a task, your automatic response should be "yes" — even if you have no idea how you're going to accomplish it. You can figure out how to get it done afterwards. Only after all else fails do you tell your boss that it might not happen, but that you have several great back-up plans to try.
Is your boss's position really your dream job? Or do you actually want to be your own boss? If you've been moving up the corporate ladder but you're not loving what you do, entrepreneurship could be the next best step for you. Be honest with yourself and take the time to assess what you want out of your career.
You have to look the part to get the job. Always dressing professionally (to the standards of your industry, that is) shows your superiors that you can be counted on to look appropriate. No matter what your colleagues wear, follow the boss's lead. If she never wears jeans, don't.