Interested in getting ahead? You are not alone. In the business world, almost anyone could tell you that there are really only a few qualities that define a successful employee worthy of career advancement and promotion. Here are five tips on how to get ahead in your career.

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#1. Be the Best You Can Be

Ask around, and you will find that a common quality of successful people is that they put their “all” into everything they do. Developing a wildly successful career requires drive, determination and passion. If you are serious about| career advancement, there is no room for half-baked efforts and holding back.

#2. Give Yourself the Clear Advantage of Pursuing an MBA

The job market can be brutally competitive. With all other things equal, a job candidate who has earned an MBA degree has an edge over his or her peers when it comes to getting a job. And why not? Graduation from any of the online MBA programs out there signifies high-level training in financials, business structures and leadership. That’s precisely what companies love to see on job applicants’ resumes, and they pay more for it.

#3. Hone Your Teamwork Skills

Technical ability and industry knowledge are always important, but without good teamwork skills you can forget about serious career advancement. In business, achievement occurs as a result of coordinated group efforts, and if you are not participating and facilitating, then you become a liability to the team.

#4. Make the Most of Every Situation

Star employees have the uncanny ability to meet challenges with enough flexibility to come out ahead in the end. Take an obstacle and turn it into a chance to shine above the rest, and you are doing more for your own career advancement than most.

One example is while you are still in school: most people don’t realize that even online MBA programs offer wonderful opportunities to hone your career skills. Take what most consider an obstacle (the “distance” aspect in distance learning) and turn it into a golden opportunity to reach out to instructors and students. Chances are, you’ll find an online community that is eager to connect.

#5. Learn from Others

It’s true what they say about a bad teacher showing you more than you may realize at the time. Sometimes you can learn just as much from the mistakes others make as you can from a good mentor. Become an observer of office behavior and you will quickly learn what qualities can help you get ahead, and which ones are detrimental to career success.

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