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Labor Day Tips to Get Ahead in the Business World

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As I try to do anything but labor on this Labor Day, I reflect on my nearly 10 years working in office jobs to support my freelance habit. So while I spend my 9 to 5s at work-work, I've held myself to certain standards.

I believe I act with integrity. I've tried to treat people – regardless of my personal feelings for them – with dignity. And I've worked hard because (besides being a Type A personality) it's what my bosses paid me to do. And where's it gotten me?

Absolutely nowhere.

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So for those of you who are new to the working world and really want to move ahead, collect those big bonuses, earn those raises and eventually find yourself in the nice corner office, here are a few tips that I've learned over the past decade by watching the "best and brightest" at my companies move up in the world... after the jump.