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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Career experts advise spending at least a couple of hours a week engaging in networking activities, including emails, phone calls and in-person contacts. You should also demonstrate your expertise online by sharing ideas and answering questions via social media and in online forums.

LinkedIn updated its user profiles in late 2012, and you’ll want to update yours to make it look great in the new format, says technology columnist Debra Donston-Miller.

Highlighting your achievements to those who can advance your career can be painfully awkward. But research shows that to get ahead, we have to make those with influence aware of our achievements. You want to be a human highlighter.

“What do I most need to be prepared for suddenly dealing with international cultures, people and ways of doing things? I’ve just landed a job with a big international marketing firm ... I get a little nervous when they tell me about all the different clients and projects involving so many different countries.”

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Mistakes happen to every person at some point in his or her career. If you never make a mistake in your job, you are most likely not taking enough risks.

Some lucky people seem to have been born with a greater purpose in life while the rest of us are left to search for ours. Umair Haque, director of Havas Media Labs, thinks the problem may be that we’re looking so hard. Instead, he suggests four ways we can approach the world.

Don’t worry if you have a hard time coming up with brilliant suggestions at the office or if you’re not the first one to come up with the next big thing. You surely have colleagues with bright ideas, and there are a few ways for you to walk away with credit for them.

You shouldn’t list jobs that you held for only a short time when you’re writing out your résumé because companies may view these temporary stints as a red flag, writes Lindsay Olson. Other résumé mistakes to avoid:
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