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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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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.”

Improve your productivity with a few apps ... Track word, character counts and other document statistics ... Let LinkedIn groups lead to your next job.
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:

Networking is an essential part of building and sustaining a successful professional career, but it’s a skill that doesn’t come naturally to many people. When people refer to it as “schmoozing,” it can sometimes feel downright sleazy. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.

Are you aware of how much you influence others daily? Here are three techniques to increase your ability to persuade and gain results.
Fight procrastination ... Bring all your calendars in sync ... Become a great networker ... Seize the power of LinkedIn recommendations ...

If you’re always setting goals you never seem to accomplish, the problem may be that you’re doing it wrong. Next time, try these tips from Ken Cheo, principal at Winfree Business Growth Advisors.

Whether your employer is offering career-development opportunities or not, you need to make sure you’re always growing and sharpening your skills by doing three things each month, writes Heather R. Huhman.

Create PDFs on the spot ... Keep track of the boss’s flights ... What you can learn from free LinkedIn stats ... End conversations gracefully ... Strengthen your secret questions.
Many of the common excuses that people use to avoid networking don’t hold water, writes career ex­­pert Hannah Morgan.

Call it the “Facebookification” of the workplace—employees of all generations are sharing way too much personal information with their colleagues and superiors, writes author and executive coach Peggy Klaus.

While you used to earn advancement by working hard and helping your boss, now you need to find a way to get noticed by people above your boss, without coming across as an annoying self-promoter. Tips that can help you pull it off:

New brain science shows that constant exposure to complaining will reinforce negative thinking and behavior. It’s hard to stay positive in such a toxic environment. Three steps will get you there:

More organizations are using Skype to conduct interviews. Beth Braccio Hering offers her favorite tips for making a great impression:
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