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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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No matter how much of a team player someone is, an employee is dispensable to her employer if she lacks bottom-line focus, writes Anita Bruzzese, author of 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy. Take a visible role in the overall success of your company with these tips:

While having a great résumé is the first step toward finding your dream job, it won’t guarantee it, Karl Malinowski writes on the Simply blog. Here’s what it takes to make the cut:
Failure and weakness are painful, but can be harnessed to your advantage, says Kevin Daum, a successful entrepreneur.
Take control of a panel interview. Making a great impression in a panel interview requires you to first figure out who you really need to impress ... Find a great networking event ...Boost your creativity by seeking diversity.
Talking about yourself and your accomplishments can be risky business. You don’t want to sell you or your work short, but coming off as pompous or clichéd can be bad for business, writes Jeff Haden for Inc.com.

Everyone has a communications pet peeve in the workplace, such as when people habitually “reply-all” to emails. But are any of your habits peeving somebody else? Four common bad habits, as well as steps to take to break them:

Administrative Professional Today recently spoke to Miriam Salpeter, career coach and author of Social Networking for Career Success, about how administrative profession­­als can combine social networking and traditional career strategies to empower their success.
If you’ve read any of David Bach’s books, (Start Late Finish Rich, Debt Free for Life, The Automatic Millionaire), one of his core concepts is The Latte Factor®. Use the L-A-T-T-E Method to con­­sistently redirect your energy toward your best future.
Prioritize: Following through on com­mitments means that if you agree to do one thing, you won’t be able to do something else ... Good looks pay: Studies conducted by economist Daniel Hamermesh show that better-looking American men earn 4% more than average-looking men of similar education and experience.
Having a glowing recommendation attached to your profile is a great way to stand out to recruiters, but it’s important that you also write great recommendations for others. Expert tips to help you get and give effective recommendations:
When looking for a new job, don’t overlook the importance of culture. You won’t learn what you need to know by asking generic questions such as “What’s the culture like?” or “Are people treated well?”
Women apologize too much in the workplace, even as they take on leadership roles, says author and speaker Amber Mac. Here are the three biggest reasons women apologize and what they can do to curb it:

Employees often ask me, “How can I continue advancing my career after I feel I’ve hit a job plateau?” says Joan Burge. Anyone who asks that question is a go-getter.

Without resilience, fast-paced, difficult and ambiguous situations be­­come difficult, and personal per­­­­­­­­formance and health suffer, writes Amy Martinez, Center for Creative Leader­ship. Here are three ways to better your resilience:
Fear of success, when you’re too afraid to take risks and move forward with your goals, is similar to fear of failure. Both fears can hold you back from achieving your dreams and goals. Here are several strategies to help you overcome a fear of success:

Does swearing energize ­employees and demonstrate passion? Or does it cast a manager as out-of-control and unprofessional? Generally, the answer is the latter, say executive coaches and recruiters. But it depends. Used at the right time, with the right crowd, profanity can put a fine point on things.

Beware the evil twin that’s lurking in your workplace. Your staffers will see this evil sibling when they misinterpret your good intentions as something nefarious.
Networking is critical for building a great career, and there’s no better place to do it than a professional conference. A little preparation will help you get the most out of the experience. Tips from the pros:
Shut off the alerts on your phone to be more productive ... Use images and stories to improve your public speaking ... Set a social media policy you can memorize ... Make your boss feel appreciated ...

The next time you need a creative approach or solution, nix the disciplined mental focus and instead let your mind wander. In his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer says that laser-like focus actually inhibits creative thinking.

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