Dan Schawbel says there are "new rules for career success"... in his latest book, Promote Yourself, The New Rules for Career Success. This is Dan's second book and in my opinion it's a must-read for all business and career-focused folk.
I can only brush the surface of what you'll learn by not only reading but studying this book...so, here goes. I'm going to quote a few phrases or bits of his advice and add my thoughts. And I'll sum up at the end.
"Your job description is just the beginning." Key point here is to understand that you may be hired to do this or that... but you WILL be required to do more. The 21st century isn't like the 20th century, folks. As Dan's says, "Always be on the lookout for new projects and collaborations with other groups, and do as much training and development as possible." My take-away: don't depend on your employer for everything. Be pro-active and improve your skills on your own time. You'll be glad you did.