How to stand out at work

5 ways to protect your career

No matter what you do for a living, chances are good you have colleagues and co-workers who stand out.

"Making yourself memorable for the right reasons will help keep you top of mind for new projects and potential advancement opportunities," says Ryan Sutton, senior regional vice president at Robert Half International, a staffing services firm with headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Conversely, being memorable for the wrong reasons can hold you back in your career.

It can be hard to win attention from your bosses, which is why we've compiled a list of ways you can stand out on the job.

These aren't difficult tasks, either. Just think of them as five smart career-protection moves.

But remember, it's not always a great idea to be the one everyone notices.