Career Management

Successful career development is more than doing a good job. Dressing for success, business writing skills, career networking – all are vitally important.

Business Management Daily’s succinct, workplace-tested career advice is designed to help you position yourself to succeed in your chosen field.

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What makes someone a professional? Is it an advanced degree and typically white-collar job? No, says management and leadership expert Dan McCarthy. Pro­­fes­­sionalism is a quality everyone can display.
Everyone needs a mentor, a coach and a sponsor to help them grow and excel in their careers, says Brazen Careerist writer Lorena Knapp. She explains what each does to help.
When you meet a co-worker, employee, customer or other business associate for the first time, ask these questions to break the ice and build instant connections.
If you’re suffering from a chronic case of the Sunday night blues, constantly dreading going back to work on Monday, then it may be time to find a new job or revamp your current one. Caroline Dowd-Higgins, director of professional enrichment at the Indiana University Alumni Association, offers some suggestions to help you do just that.
Many people struggle to achieve work/life balance, but they may be better served by working toward work/life integration. Balance means focusing all your energy on work during work hours and leaving plenty of time to do all your personal tasks and socializing without thinking about work. But most of us can’t achieve that.
In addition to the conventional admin duties and top-notch technical skills, today’s professionals need to add proficiency in meeting/event planning, cloud-based apps, social media, database management and website maintenance, says Robert Hosking, Executive Direc­­­tor of Office Team. Here are 5 skills employers are adding to job descriptions, he says.
If you’re introverted, networking can seem daunting. To meet the challenge, Marcelle Yeager, blogger for U.S. News & World Report and co-founder, Career Valet, offers 5 tips.
When you start a new job, you need to know the people who get things done, have strong ideas and can point you in the right direction as you do your job. You definitely want to connect with them, but they aren’t always pointed out to new employees.
Even the most confident leaders may cringe when entering a crowded room of strangers. And introverts face special challenges. How do you make the experience pay off?
Follow the unwritten rules of networking ... Extend your Wi-Fi with plug-in device ... Stop wasting so much time on planning.