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8 Tips for Accelerating Your Career

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Contributed by Dawn Castell

Career advancement doesn’t always move at our desired speed. Any number of roadblocks can get in the way – from working for a company that doesn’t promote in-house, to dealing with personal or family circumstances, to lacking the required education. Regardless of the reason for the plateau in your career, it’s never too late to jumpstart it. These eight tips will help get you on the path towards better pay, excitement, or whatever change it is you’re seeking.

1. Do Side Projects

Side projects are a great way to rekindle that spark you had when you first started pursuing your career. It’s also a great way to acquaint yourself with new technologies and solutions. Lastly, side projects can serve as proof to employers that you have the fundamental skills and enthusiasm to make an impact in the field.

2. Attend Seminars and Conferences

Seminars and conferences are a great place to network. You can find plenty of conferences happening year round in nearly every niche. Be sure and choose the right ones, though. Look for conferences in your industry and then choose which ones focus on specific technologies or policies that are most important to you and offer the greatest opportunity for networking. You won’t have the money, time, or energy to attend every one of them, so choose wisely.

3. Study

Study as often as you can. You might not need to re-apply to college, but learning some skills outside of your current employment can help give you a competitive edge. Enroll in some courses and get some new skills and applicable knowledge that match your goals.

4. Mentor Newcomers in the Field

Mentoring newcomers in your industry demonstrates passion and devotion. It can be a discerning quality between you and the dozens of other professionals holding the same position in the same industry all vying for a new job. You might not be actively learning new skills while you’re mentoring and volunteering, but it allows you to brush up on the basics, learn from others, and add volunteer work to your resume.

5. Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone

It’s easy to get stuck in the status quo with work. You get comfortable with your job duties, feel at ease with your coworkers, and maybe even tolerate your salary. But growth happens when we get a little uncomfortable and do something out of the ordinary. Check out some of these quotes for inspiration to step out on a limb.

6. Be Open to Relocation

Uprooting yourself and moving to a new place could just be the change that your career needs to get unstuck. If there are career opportunities for you in a different city or even a different country, pack your bags and move there. According to a report by Harvard Business Review, job hunters who have a wider geographic scope are more likely to find work faster. This is especially true if you live in a rural area or small city. If career advancement is a high priority, moving may be necessary.

7. Renegotiate Your Salary

How much you make is often the yardstick with which professionals measure their success. If your career is in a rut, it may be time to renegotiate your base salary and work perks. If higher pay is all you’re looking for, present your case to your employer and see what happens. If higher pay is not your only goal, renegotiating your salary will help you in the long run too. Not only will it help you gauge your status in the industry, it will provide a higher base line for future positions.

8. Establish Your Own Practice

In some industries, employees learn the ins and outs of managing operations as a part of their every day work. For instance, an accountant knows everything from the job she performs to keeping in contact with clients. Many industries are similar but, if you’re not in one of those industries, you can start learning about what it takes to branch out on your own.

Final Thoughts

Moving your career forward doesn’t happen overnight. But with the eight tips aforementioned in this article, you’ll likely speed up the process.


After graduating with her MBA, Dawn Castell spent a few years working in the CPG industry and a few more working in the business tech industry before setting off to start her own business. She now consults with businesses, large and small, and loves sharing her experiences and knowledge through writing articles and blog posts in her spare time.

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Mastering the Art of Recruiting on LinkedIn – Infographic

With a colossal user base and uniquely advanced search features, LinkedIn provides a range of useful tools perfectly suited to the recruiters of the digital age. The platform offers a great range of functionalities for recruiters of all types – whether they’re a major multinational or a small, local business – meaning that whatever your budget, LinkedIn has the right tools to help you get results.

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Why Good Leadership Equals Good Time Management

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Contributed by Julianna Bevan

An employee’s time management skills have a direct impact on business outcomes and so managers should put more emphasis on helping them improve at it. For some, time management is a skill learned early in life, which they can draw on at work to be productive. For others to manage their time effectively, they need external encouragement, maybe some training, a conducive environment, and the use of organizational tools. Good leadership can be the instrument of productivity for employees that lack motivation from within. With help, these employees can learn to manage their time more efficiently and excel at work.

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Accruals By Hours Worked Got an Upgrade!

The By Hours Worked accrual rate is one that some employers must use to satisfy state and local sick time requirements. The laws that require employers to offer sick time also mandate the way in which that time accrues. By hours worked is the fairest accrual rate for all types of employees and the one that employees must use to be compliant.

It is also a useful accrual rate for part time or temporary hourly employees because it helps keep employees from earning too much time off at times when they may not be working a regular schedule.

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5 Reasons to Start an Employee Wellness Program

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Contributed by Abby Drexler

Without the distractions of illness, fatigue, and low mood, employees can do their best work. This, however, is not reality for many American employees who struggle with sleep and mood problems, get sick often, and are generally sluggish. While people do need to take responsibility for their own health, employee wellness programs can offer employees a nudge in the right direction.

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The ABC Test for Independent Contractors Is Not a Federal Rule

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The California Supreme Court recently ruled on a change to the test that a hiring entity must use in order to determine if a worker is an independent contractor or not. It’s a much stricter and, as a result, clearer test than what existed before or which exists now with the Department of Labor. Worker classification is notoriously nebulous. Now in California, the definition is much easier to interpret.

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Content Marketing Resources for Small Business Owners

Content is king imageContributed by Sophia Conti

You’ve probably heard that “content is king,” and maybe you’ve even started a blog in the hopes of grabbing a piece of the content marketing pie. As consumers become more immune to traditional sales pitches and advertising methods, companies must provide original content that is valuable to their target audience on its own merit – not just as a sales tool.

Creating content that is useful or entertaining to your target audience draws organic traffic and social media shares, increasing leads and conversions. Establishing and implementing a content marketing strategy takes time and thought, but there are ways to reap the benefits even with limited resources. This post will go through some key elements of content marketing and provide tools and resources for getting started on your content marketing journey.

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How to Handle Negative Reviews About About Your Company

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Negative reviews are always pretty horrifying for a small business owner or head of marketing when they find one in their inbox. There’s this heart stopping feeling like your reputation is ruined and the business will cease to grow.

While negative reviews can indeed make your product or service look bad, these days, negative reviews are just a part of doing business. It’s best to keep calm and deal with them methodically, rather than freak out and make a rash rebuttal.

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DOL Opinion Letter On Travel Time Compensability

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The FLSA is a set of federal laws regarding minimum wage, overtime, and other important workplace practices. The rules aren’t always easy to understand, however, and sometimes they get misinterpreted by business owners and even by the courts. (As an example, the supreme court recently had to step in and give the final word on a type of overtime exemption.) This is why the Department of Labor has provided opinion letters to help clarify some of the more confusing scenarios.

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