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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Look around your workspace. You’re sending messages to visitors whether you realize it or not. From the wall decor to the photos on your desk, your office reflects your personality and the image you want to project.
Whether you smoke, swear or bite your fingernails, your bad habits can endanger your health and sink your reputation at work.
In this age of goal-driven striving, we may focus on the big picture at all costs. But sharp thinkers sweat the small stuff.
Zach was hired as your boss last year. From the outset, he promised to do things differently. Rather than hold you accountable for meeting production goals, Zach told you to “focus on process” ...

Question: “I've just learned the mail merge application on Microsoft Office/Word 2003. After the salutation, the software automatically inserts a comma (i.e., Dear Mr. Jones,). I was taught to use a colon rather than a comma.  Now that we are in the 21st century has the colon been dropped in favor of the comma? My mail merge will not let me substitute a colon for a comma.” — Anonymous

Question:  “My boss, “Debra,” has been a wonderful mentor. As a result of her mentoring skills, I was recently offered a job with another company at a 30% pay increase. I would like to repay her by doing some “reverse mentoring.” Debra oversees a department of 125 people, manages a $3 million budget and has an MBA. She is also one of the smartest people I know. However, top management here frequently fails to recognize excellence.

After 27 years with this company, Debra finally seems ready to move on. She has been asking me questions like “What else do you think I might be qualified for?”  How can I help her?” —Grateful to My Boss

When fans of natural cosmetics maker Burt’s Bees learned the company was selling itself to Clorox, a buzz of protest followed, as customers complained the bleach maker was not environmentally friendly. In response, CEO John Replogle went blogging ...

You’re never too young or too old to benefit from the advice from a mentor. From her corner office, Karen Quintos, vice president of marketing for the global public business unit at Dell, mentors other women at Dell. Here’s what she tells them.

Whether they’re shooting off their own tweets or following others, employees using Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and personal blogs are creating liability and PR risks with their online rants, raves and company gossip. We’ve gathered the best of HR Specialist’s recent coverage of social media’s HR implications. You’ll find sound legal advice, and maybe a laugh or two.

Light a fire under your readers and spur them to action by using these three cardinal business-writing rules:

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