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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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:

Lose your job, and it will take about nine months to get another one, reports The New York Times. You might just shave some time from the process by updating your résumé now. A few tips: Embrace technology; avoid overused words that make you blend in; differentiate yourself by replacing the summary.

Which personal attributes would make an employee less appealing for a promotion? Well, if body art is high on your list, you’re not alone.
After watching Garth Brooks captivate a crowd recently, I realized that I had not watched a concert. Instead, I had witnessed a magnificent presentation of his “product”—his songs. I also realized that the way this showman delivered his material carries valuable lessons for communicators in any field.
Set aside a few minutes each week to answer questions in the Q&A section of LinkedIn ... Tack on your own comment at the top of any forwarded email messages to help the recipient understand why it’s landing in her inbox ... Keep things from falling through the cracks with Boomerang for Gmail ...
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