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15 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Land That Promotion

You may think you know how to be a shining star at work. But we spoke to bosses and experts to find out what moves they truly appreciate and will help you get ahead.

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Keep up the good work

Did your company just experience a stellar year? Did you get a nice bonus? Then your job performance is right on target. "Just keep doing what you're doing," says Paul Felsen, president of Felsen Insurance Services in Denville, New Jersey. "It's working!" Don't miss how to turn a boring job into your dream one.

 

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Stop surfing the 'Net

It's fine to shop for your daughter's birthday present or scan your Facebook timeline. But don't do it on company time. "My pet peeve is surfing the Internet at work," says a partner at an accounting firm in New Jersey. "I hate seeing people do it." He says employees should resolve to work a full day—without traveling into cyberspace. "Give your employer that full day that you're being paid for." Watch out for social media moves that could sabotage your career.

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Become a problem solver

"Try to solve a problem before you bring it to me," says Julia Dellitt, manager, marketing and communications at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa. "Sometimes that behavior is out of insecurity—aka, wanting to handle something the 'right' way. But sometimes it's just a little lazy." Find out secrets to being happier at work.

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Go above and beyond

Think about how you can stretch your role. Are there any projects outside the scope of your job that you could help with? Then proactively ask to join those teams or groups. Brainstorm ideas and work with your manager to implement them. Your efforts won't go unnoticed.

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Stop apologizing

Many people say "I'm sorry" at work even if they don't need to apologize for anything. You may do so because you don't want to appear rude, unkind, or aggressive. But you can actually hurt your professional image by saying "sorry" too much. Check out other surprising work habits that make you look unprofessional.

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Don't always think of yourself

In the workplace, it shouldn't be all about you. "Put yourself in others' shoes before you open your mouth," says Christina Hartman, a nonprofit executive. "Figure out how you can be helpful to someone else." She says following that mantra will get you ahead faster than anything else. Find out how to gain the trust of your coworkers.

 

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Take pride in what you do

Everything that happens at your workplace has your name on it. You contribute to the successes (and failures) of your colleagues, projects, and company. Be a champion of your work and organization. "It's a collaborative and worthwhile effort," says Paul J. Labov, an attorney and partner at Fox Rothschild.

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Network for the sake of the company

Building relationships and networking shouldn't just be done for the sake of your own career. It's also important to do so to help drive sales and growth at your company. "Build relationships," says Michael Aronesty, audit and assurance partner and Deloitte Private Enterprises Leader in New York City. "Set a goal to make 10 new connections that you build a relationship with over the course of the year." Not sure how to start? Follow these networking rules.

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Stop and think

In this day and age of go! go! go!, sometimes you need to take it down a notch. Think tasks through and analyze them before making a decision. "Create space between your thoughts and your actions," says Jason Haber, real estate entrepreneur and author of The Business of Good. "Snap judgments can lead to unnecessary mistakes. Sometimes it's best to think first, then act—even if it slows things down." Check out these 16 smart ways you can get the boss to trust you.

 

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Be more satisfied

"Remember that happiness is not about your actual situation, but what you make of that situation," says Alexandra Levit, chairman, DeVry's Career Advisory Board. Bored? Then resolve to do something about it to make yourself happier. "Sniff around for new challenges, responsibilities, projects, mentors. Use your organization as a stepping stone to achieve something great that you wouldn't be able to do without it." Here are the signs you might be in the wrong career.

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