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Career Advancement Month at The Daily Muse

Our mission at The Daily Muse is to help you succeed in your career: from figuring out what you want to do and finding that dream job, to kicking some serious ass once you get there.

That last part of the equation is what we focused on in August. We brought you tons of articles and resources specifically designed to help you move up in your company, score that promotion, get a raise, and take your career to the next level.

To finish off the month, here's a round-up of what we published. Now, tell us: What do you want to see next?

Nowhere To Go: Advancing Your Career at a Small Company

Working for a small company can be a great thing—until you’re ready to move up and there’s nowhere to go. From someone who’s been there, here are a few important lessons about forging your own career path.

A Co-Worker Got the Promotion I Wanted—Now What?

When you’re passed over for a promotion and a colleague suddenly becomes your boss, it’s pretty painful. But, assuming you want to keep your job, you’re going to have to move forward. And the first step is having these three conversations.

5 Things You’re Forgetting to Ask During Your Review

You don’t get the chance to sit down with your boss and get feedback on your performance very often, so make sure you’re using your review to your advantage. Before you leave your boss’ office, make sure you’ve asked for these five pieces of information.

How 4 Real Women Scored a Raise

Want to ask for a raise, but nervous about how, exactly, it works? We found four real women who negotiated for raises, and got them. Check out their stories, and remember: If they can do it, you can, too.

5 Essential Lessons for First-Time Managers

Being a first-time manager can be scary: It means that you’ll be calling the shots and trusting your own judgment in the decisions that you make. We asked one new manager to weigh in on the keys to nailing the gig from the get-go.

4 To-Dos for Your First Year on the Job

Have a new job? Or even a new position in your current company? Striving toward these four goals in your first year will impress your boss and go a long way to set you up for long-term success. And guess what? It’s not about just doing your job.

4 Ways Working With Consultants Can Boost Your Career

Consultants often get a bad rap, but the truth is, they can be a good thing—for your company, and for your career. Before you start panicking (or hitting the job boards), consider these tips for getting the most out of the situation.

Negotiating Success: What To Learn From Marissa Mayer’s Compensation Package

Marissa Mayer just signed on as CEO of Yahoo! with a larger-than-life compensation package. What can the rest of us learn from her about negotiating our own compensation? Read on to find out.

Why Being Busy Can Keep You From Getting Ahead

There’s an argument that says staying busy is good—it means you’re getting things done. But a life that’s too busy is a double-edged sword, and falling into the “busy trap” can be detrimental not only to our sanity, but also to our careers.

Q&A: How Do I Negotiate When My Boss May Already Be Overspending?

This reader has come to us with a sticky situation: How can you negotiate a raise when your boss is avoiding the subject—and you think it may have to do with financial troubles?

5 Steps to Helping Your Team Advance

As a manager, helping your team get ahead is no small undertaking. But it's critical for their success—and yours, too. This five-step plan will help you pinpoint the right goals for your employees, develop a plan to achieve them, and help your team take their careers to the next level.

Asking for a Raise? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself First

Asking for a raise is a good thing. But, it is possible to jump the gun. So, before you do, ask yourself these three questions to make sure your timing is right.

Headed Back to School? How to End Your Internship Right

The end of your internship is arguably as important as the beginning. As you're wrapping up, doing these six things before you go will leave a lasting good impression—and help you land that post-grad gig.

Are You Underpaid? 4 Ways to Find Out

How do you know if you're being paid what you're worth (outside of breaking into your boss’ office)? Try these four undercover ways to figure out if your salary is the industry norm—or if you’re being underpaid.

Does Your LinkedIn Headline Suck?

Are you selling yourself in your LinkedIn headline? Or did you not even know you could change yours? No worries. These five guidelines will help you make your headline—and your profile—stand out from here on.

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Moving Up in Your Company

Entry-Level to Exec: The Secret to Succeeding at Your Company

You got the job—no shabby feat in this economy—you’ve been there for a bit, and now you’re ready to start moving up in the corporate world. So what’s next? Here’s how to use internal networking to your advantage.

From EA to Anywhere: How to Get Promoted from Assistant-Level

We all dream of snagging a glamorous, high-paying job right out of college—not necessarily answering phones or scheduling meetings all day. But many of us do start our careers at the assistant-level, and if you think it’s a job that’s going nowhere, think again.

From Intern to Colleague: 3 Secrets for Landing a Full-Time Gig

You know that internships can be a great way to get some practical experience and make new contacts, but they can actually turn into full-time jobs, too. Here’s how to become the kind of intern that gets hired.

Bosses Tell Us: 11 Things That Will Get You Promoted

Want to get promoted? Of course you do—the question is: How? To get the answers, we turned to nearly a dozen managers. From telling the boss when she’s wrong to schmoozing at happy hour, their suggestions just might surprise you.

Taking on More at Work

Office Peon With Big Ambitions? 5 Ways to Get Noticed

You’re ready to take the corporate world by storm—but no one’s paying attention when you’re at the bottom of the totem pole. But don’t lose heart. With some initiative, and these ideas, you’re sure to get noticed at work.

The Secret to Getting More Responsibility

Want to take on a new project or expand the scope of one you’ve been given, but not exactly getting the green light from your boss? Here’s how to maximize your chance for success when you’re asking for more responsibility.

5 Ways to Take on More Responsibility at Work

You’re doing a good job at work. Your boss seems happy. And now, you're ready to take on more. So give yourself a challenge, and try these five ways to step up and have your colleagues see you shine!

Negotiating for a Promotion or Raise

Moving on Up: How to Ask for a Promotion

Asking for a promotion ranks high on the list of life’s most anxiety-inducing activities, but it’s also one of the most important things you can do for your career. Ready to take that next step? Here’s what to know before the big conversation.

Negotiation 101: Expert Advice for Getting What You Want

Women lag behind their male colleagues in salaries, bonuses, and promotions—and why? Because we don’t ask for what we want. Well, that’s about to change. Starting today, we’re bringing you a guide to negotiating, and an expert to help you along the way.

Should You Ask for a Raise? Your Step-by-Step Guide

Thinking about asking for a raise? Before you schedule a meeting with your boss, take a look at this infographic, which will point you in the right direction with a few simple questions.

Continuing Your Professional Education

First-Time Manager? How to Fast-Track Your Education

You’ve just been promoted to your first management position. Congrats! If you haven’t yet realized it, it’s not always an easy job. So we’re kicking off a series of topics to help you succeed as a first-time manager. First up: How to get (quickly) up to speed.

Great Ideas for (Cheap!) Professional Development

Investing in your professional development is key to getting ahead, but you don’t need a six-figure salary to do it. There are dozens of classes, webinars, and resources out there to continue your education—even on an entry-level salary.

10 Ways to Make the Most Out of a Conference

Headed to a conference for work? From prepping beforehand to having a great time while you’re there, here’s what you need to know to make the most of the experience.