On my first assigned project, I was told to create a list of people. So I could have gone the traditional route and just made a list in a Word doc....which would have been fine. But I decided to go all out and not just create a boring list, but an interesting visual as well. I transferred my list into a PowerPoint document with attractive fonts, quotes, and multiple pictures for each slide.
Fast forward a day later.
My boss's boss called me into his office.
Boss: Lauren, did you do this?
Boss: You created this?
Lauren: Yes....I'm kind of a PowerPoint nerd....
Boss: This is AMAZING. I want all of these people. I'm putting you on the phone with New York right now, you're going to help on the campaign. Good job.
And from then on, I felt like I was in the club.
My advice--go all out, give 180%.