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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Janie used to wear a ponytail to work, along with scant makeup, khakis, sweaters and loafers. Then a “Power of Image” workshop changed how she presented herself. Now, when she shares her ideas with senior managers, they listen and buy in to what she’s saying.

Gauge your long-term prospects with your current organization by assessing its bottom line and culture. Here are the questions you'll need to answer and the steps you'll need to take, divided into four key parts:
Here’s some advice from a fly fishing guru, John Gierach: Reach for the best you can get right now.

To stand out in a competitive work­­­­place, you have to do the work­a­day equivalent of juggling with fire—say, swooping in to save a crucial project just in the nick of time—while streamlining a dozen different processes and keeping your boss on schedule. Right? Actually, little things may make a disproportionately big impact.

Have you put processes or structures into place so you can accomplish what’s most important every day? Try these three tips:
Peter Bregman consults and writes about achieving your priorities by finding your focus. “I believe that most of us get smarter as we get older,” Bregman says. “But somehow, despite that, we often make the same mistakes.” Here’s a five-minute strat­­egy for getting smarter every day:

“It’s not enough to have an opinion,” Pegasystems CEO Alan Trefler tells The New York Times. “It has to be an informed opinion.” Leaders and managers don’t want “yes” men; they want “thought ­leaders.”

When faced with a chance to meet someone who could change your future, don’t be afraid to show some chutzpah. That's what Alison Pincus, founder of the online business One Kings Lane, did when she saw Martha Stewart at an antiques show.

A survey of 800 business travelers found five kinds of characters: 1. The veteran. 2. The road weary. 3. The wide-eyed and anxious. 4. The passionate. 5. The newbie.

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:

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