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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 1:45pm

WORKING: Moving Sideways, Moving Up

Updated: 2 years ago.
Getting ahead in your career is hard to do right now. Brandon Smith explains when taking another job at your current level could help you move forward and when it might set you back. (Photo Courtesy of Michael Lokner via Flickr.)

Even with economic signs looking a little better, it’s not always possible to take the next step up in your career. But it could be possible to pursue a lateral move – a new job at the same level within your company or somewhere else.

Our career guy Brandon Smith says that move often makes sense and can ultimately help you get ahead. But he warns taking the job because you are desperate to escape your current one can backfire.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.

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