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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Some lucky people seem to have been born with a greater purpose in life while the rest of us are left to search for ours. Umair Haque, director of Havas Media Labs, thinks the problem may be that we’re looking so hard. Instead, he suggests four ways we can approach the world.

Don’t worry if you have a hard time coming up with brilliant suggestions at the office or if you’re not the first one to come up with the next big thing. You surely have colleagues with bright ideas, and there are a few ways for you to walk away with credit for them.

You shouldn’t list jobs that you held for only a short time when you’re writing out your résumé because companies may view these temporary stints as a red flag, writes Lindsay Olson. Other résumé mistakes to avoid:

Networking is an essential part of building and sustaining a successful professional career, but it’s a skill that doesn’t come naturally to many people. When people refer to it as “schmoozing,” it can sometimes feel downright sleazy. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.

Are you aware of how much you influence others daily? Here are three techniques to increase your ability to persuade and gain results.
Fight procrastination ... Bring all your calendars in sync ... Become a great networker ... Seize the power of LinkedIn recommendations ...

If you’re always setting goals you never seem to accomplish, the problem may be that you’re doing it wrong. Next time, try these tips from Ken Cheo, principal at Winfree Business Growth Advisors.

Whether your employer is offering career-development opportunities or not, you need to make sure you’re always growing and sharpening your skills by doing three things each month, writes Heather R. Huhman.

Create PDFs on the spot ... Keep track of the boss’s flights ... What you can learn from free LinkedIn stats ... End conversations gracefully ... Strengthen your secret questions.
Many of the common excuses that people use to avoid networking don’t hold water, writes career ex­­pert Hannah Morgan.
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