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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 sort of motto or guideline helps you work ethically every day? Admins work in a reactive frame of mind most of the day, says Nan DeMars, author of You Want Me to Do What? “Basically, we have to react accord­ing to our instincts and trust our internal gyroscope.” DeMars recommends using this fast compass:

We certainly hope you’re not feeling forced to job hunt. But if you are, these social-networking tools can help:
The current job climate is driving many people to go back to school, with the number of 50- to 64-year-old students climbing fast. Even people with jobs are taking classes. Should you? Some great advice from SmartMoney magazine:

True or false: Networking is a task, like building your house. Accumulate the materials, do the necessary hammering, and bingo, you’ve got your house. “False,” say authors Bob Allard and Richard Banfield, who assert that networking greatness comes from giving, not accumulating.

Never before have decision-­makers looked more closely at their return on investment, but I believe the greatest return you will ever receive is from the investment you make in yourself. Here’s why:
What helped clinch this year’s OfficeTeam Administrative Excellence Award for Deborah Carter? ... Perk up your daily emails with MeebleMail ... Double-check your work. A survey by Accountemps shows that “lack of attention to detail/sloppy work” is the No. 1 pet peeve of CFOs ...
In the world of baseball recently, the manager of the Washington Nationals suddenly resigned. The Nationals had just beaten the Seat­tle Mariners when Jim Riggleman quit. If you're considering quitting your job, Riggleman's case of­­fers at least three things to consider:
You may be thinking about stepping into a supervisory role or onto a more exciting team, but the best way to grab that shiny prize is not to focus on it during day-to-day work and conversations:
"One of the dumbest excuses for screwing up is 'everyone else does it, it is industry standard,'" says Robert Sutton in his book Good Boss, Bad Boss. "Don't mindlessly compare yourself to others ... the people you imitate might be complete dolts," he says.
If you have the gift of gab, it can limit your opportunities to move ahead. Communications pro Barbara Pachter offers these tips to rein in loquaciousness:
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