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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When Olympus Corp. CEO Michael C. Woodford got fired recently, he fought back by going to the press with claims of financial wrongdoing by the company. His is a lesson in how to carefully orchestrate a forced exit.

Veridian Credit Union issued this ultimatum to workers: Quit smoking, curb obesity, or you’ll pay more for health care in 2013. That workplace trend is on the rise, giving us one more reason to make “get healthier” a resolution for 2012.

The power of transparency is that it speeds trust and collaboration, says Dov Seidman, founder and CEO of compliance training firm LRN. And, surprisingly, it’s incredibly disarming.

You wake up late, quarrel with your spouse, and a car cuts you off during your commute. When you get to work, you’re in a foul mood. Researchers have found a link be­­tween that morning mood and your performance during the workday. Stop a bad mood from hurting office productivity:

Just knowing someone, or knowing how to reach someone, isn’t enough to impress anymore. “What you want to know now is whether I have anything compelling to say,” says Jason Seiden.
Thanks to Twitter, Facebook and ­LinkedIn, there are hardly any barriers to someone being included in one of your networks. How often have you received adulation through social media? Did you trust them?

Protect your job—or set yourself up for a promotion—by communicating your quantifiable on-the-job results at a moment’s notice. Warm up with this exercise:

“What do you do?” Be prepared for this question before you head to any networking event because you’ll probably be asked dozens of times ... Need someone to make a decision? Approach him in the morning. “Decision fatigue” is a very real phenomenon affecting people who have to grapple with an ever-increasing number of choices.
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Executive search firm CEO Skip Freeman calls it “Fatal Career Mis­­take #4”—not branding yourself as a person who can save or make money for a company. These days, you won’t be hired merely because you have the know-how, he says. You’ve got to be a problem-solver.