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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Next time you feel cornered, remember this: In bullfighting, there’s a place in the ring where the bull feels safe. It's called the querencia. For people, the querencia is a place or point of departure in our inner lives.
You can’t always get what you want, but you might get the one thing you deeply desire—if you know how to visualize it. Mark Murphy, founder and CEO of Leadership IQ and author of Hard Goals, tells us that visualizations are an important motivator when you’re working toward a goal.

Are you eating out of the office on Wednesday? Emily Pines and Inna Kurbatsky, of the Take Back Your Lunch campaign, are pushing for workers to schedule lunch outside the office at least one day a week during summer.

For Susan Ershler, reaching her goal didn’t just feel like climbing a moun­tain. She actually did climb one—or, rather, she climbed the tallest mountain on each continent. Ershler now tours and speaks about how she accomplished seemingly impossible goals, all while holding high-ranking sales positions in Fortune 500 companies.

Do you multitask while checking your BlackBerry? According to Ryan Hamilton, an assis­tant pro­fessor of marketing at Emory Uni­ver­sity, you may have a more difficult time controlling your temper or staying on a diet. A new study finds that frequently switching your mindset weakens your self-control.

You might be surprised by the information that exists about you online. Manage your online reputation with these tips from Riva Richmond, a technology writer who recently spoke about the topic on a New York Times podcast:

When actress Lindsay Lohan opted to wear a short, snug-­fitting white dress to her court appearance, public relations pro Meryl Weinsaft Cooper wrote on her blog, “The dress spoke volumes, though clearly not about what she had hoped it would.” What can we learn from Lohan’s wardrobe dysfunction? Plenty.
Wanting to be “right” can often take your career in the wrong direction. You become unlikeable. There’s a clear distinction between being an informative and engaging individual (very likeable qualities) and someone who always expresses her opinions as fact and needs to have the last word.
Friction often exists between HR and supervisors because those front-line bosses don’t fully understand your HR role … and they may hold certain stereotypes about your department. Advice: Set the stage for HR-management collaboration with an “HR for managers” meeting. Explain how key HR functions practically benefit managers and their departments.
You may think you've just penned the most brilliant correspondence of the year, but if it takes the recipient too long to wade through lengthy paragraphs, he'll never know how bright you are. Let's face it: Fancy-schmancy business-speak does not make for strong business writing.
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