As a prelude to my answer, I'd like to point to @HenryM's comment, who I agree was onto something there:
Why do you want more recognition? What is your goal beyond that - because I'm guessing you have some long term reason [...]? I think that would help myself and others give a better answer.... if so.
In line with that, allow me to offer how I read the situation:
I sense that your question might involve a case of an "XY problem".
As in: you are asking to solve the problem of recognition (the Y problem), while your real issue might be that you are seeking a form of security in your position, and in a broader sense, in your career (the X problem).
I quote the gist of my own comment in which I first offered an identification of what your original tension might be:
OP wants recognition because they — rightly — feel that [in today's world (?)] merely exchanging grunt work for money is a futile enterprise. Due to "entropy", our bodies — and, in lack of exercise, our minds — deteriorate. [Also, as it seems to me, when we are not moving forward in one form or other, even our general conditions seem to deteriorate. (Some form of entropy, again?)]
So OP's current situation is not a plan that one can hope to chug along flawlessly until eternity.
There must be a way out. A way ahead. And OP feels it. We all, in such a situation, feel it, but sometimes it's just hard to put our fingers on it.
[For OP, in their current position — according to their current grasp of the situation,] getting recognition seems to be the most available vehicle, or channel, to transfer into a context that promises more prospect.
Now, I take the courage to leave the issue of recognition behind (it had been discussed in several other answers already).
Instead, I would like to direct our attention towards addressing the problem of getting into a more secure place in one's career.
Again, quoting the gist of my corresponding initial comment:
[...] to solve the above described tension: to "get recognition" [taking it further: to get the feeling of firmer ground under our feet, — according to my grasp of it today — ] is to:
a) improve "our value in the job market" so that we get employed with better prospects — or even,
b) improve "our potential to successfully participate in society", so we can hope to venture beyond employment, and start our own enterprise [, whatever that might be].
This all seems to involve purposeful learning; whether as formal education or [in any other form].
The takeaway is: learn something (new); invest in yourself; develop or polish existing skills. Anything that you feel can open a door ahead of you, leading to the next stage of your life, hopefully one with more security and (even) more opportunities for further self-development.
(It seems to work that way in life: whenever you are moving, you encounter impulses (internal or external) that nudge you further in that direction — let it be an upwards movement or a downwards one.) (Meanwhile, standing still — even at best — does not seem to improve things.)
So start something. Find a way to get moving, then turn it upwards; then keep in the groove.
Now, to be faithful to reality, let's quickly acknowledge the situation with the pandemic, which involves a huge additional impetus for the already in the meantime accelerating processes of digitalization, automatization, and the emergence of solutions based on artificial intelligence.
These things will have lasting effects on our societies and on "job markets". Landscapes for "gainful employment", or for any gainful activity, really, might rearrange rapidly.
Finding which direction to invest in such times "might be not crystal clear", for some.
With all that said, I still believe, learning and getting better at anything — due to its overall positive impact on our personhood — remains to be a worthy endeavour.