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.

The first rule of negotiating a raise is to make it easy for your boss to say yes. That means anticipating objections and addressing them in advance. Smart negotiators rarely say, “I want more money.” Instead, they use facts to drive home their valuable contributions. Here’s how to prepare for your next salary review:

Question: “Our office is moving to bigger and better premises, and the Managing Director has appointed me Office Manager. I have been his personal administrative assistant. I have no managerial experience, so I’m looking for advice on what my role should entail and how I can become a good manager. I will be overseeing the receptionist.” — Tatjana
A perfect social networking policy to cover these new social media could be drafted using only a few words: “Be mature, be ethical, and think before you type.” Ultimately, you may decide that such brevity is what you want for your business. For the sake of completeness, though, here are the seven most important questions to ask yourself when drafting a social networking policy.
“I’m considering a career change into HR, but know very little about the field. How can I learn more? Where can I find training opportunities? What steps should I take?”—Dawn, California
Many of us jeopardize our ability to hear, but with these easy tips, you can preserve yours.

As much as you may dislike the sound of your voice, who asked you? The real test is whether you communicate well with others—and whether they understand you and respond appropriately to you.

Some insightful words about the importance of money.

Are you more experienced than your boss with social-media sites? You can use those sites to help build your business’s e-mail marketing list, says Julie Waite, an e-mail marketing strategist at Bronto Software. A bigger marketing list equals more potential business, which is probably one of your boss’s top goals. Here’s what she recommends:

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In business writing, you don’t receive extra credit for slathering your sentences with fancy phrases, the way you did in college. Do that in a memo, and you can expect eyes to glaze over. What you cut from your writing is often more important than what you add to it, says Jane Dominguez of The Write Business Advantage. Trim the clutter from business writing with her tips: