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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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 ...
They're in every office. Nosy, rude and even outright hostile co-workers drag you down. What's worse, they distract you from your work, threaten your career and drain you emotionally. When a co-worker asks you a way-too-personal question, here are 6 polite ways to respond to her prying questions... When a jaw-droppingly rude email arrives in your inbox, follow these steps...
Working quickly is a virtue ... unless you’re proofreading. You’ll likely glide over grammar errors and speed past misspellings. Instead, slow down and follow these readers’ tips.

When dashing off your next memo, report or e-mail, cut right to the core points. HR directors from half of the 120 major American corporations polled in a recent study said they consider writing ability when making promotions. "You can't move up without writing skills," one HR director said.

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