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As companies and local governments look for ways to rein in costs, administrative professionals need to perform like high-earning stocks. Raising your perceived value allows you to do more than hold on to your position; it helps you accelerate your career.

Here’s how to raise your personal stock price:

1. Suggest ways the company can earn more money or spend less, says Larry Myler, chief executive of consulting firm More or Less.

For example, earlier this year in Vermont, a town in the midst of slashing its budget elected not to eliminate an administrative assistant who was bringing in thousands in grant funds.

And don’t suggest your brainstorm casually, he says. Develop, then write it out as a full-fledged plan or proposal.

“Let’s say you have been watching the shipping process and you see there are more steps than needed,” Myler says. “You propose cutting a few steps to save a specific amount of money and get the product to customers faster.”

It shows you know how to take initiative.

2. Carve out a niche as an expert. Focus on what you already know, advises Vaughan Evans, a career strategist in London—as long as it’s an area important to the organization.

3. Show your strengths in a way that benefits others. Say you know a better way to organize some existing data. Create a spreadsheet or table that helps an entire department access the information.

“Then offer to lead a brown-bag lunch presentation to explain how to read it,” says Ingrid Stabb, co-author of The Career Within You.

4. Be nice. Share information freely. When someone helps you out, give her credit by sending an e-mail message to her boss describing the good deed.

“The bottom line is you want to be known and relied upon by as many people in the organization as possible,” says Sandra Naiman, author of High Achiever’s Secret Codebook: The Unwritten Rules for Success at Work. “The more people who depend upon you for their success, the more valuable you become.”

— Adapted from “Making Yourself Indispensable,” Eilene Zimmerman, The New York Times.

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