5 Steps to Becoming a Boss in 2012

Strategize your way straight to the top of the career ladder

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So you have your eyes on the prize. You’re looking to advance forward, not stay in the same professional position for too long. Constant progression is the name of your career advancement game.

But how do you strategically position yourself to become a the top leader this year? AOL Jobs offers 5 steps to becoming a boss.

Tiny but mighty: Small businesses and self-employment will drive job creation. During recessions, business startups boom and small businesses create the most jobs. Many workers laid off during this recession are choosing self-employment. Keep an eye on healthcare and social services (where the BLS projects that 26% of all new jobs will be created through 2018) and information technology for employment growth and competitive salaries.

As the number of solo workers grows, so will their need for business services, such as tech support aimed at small and medium-size business.

The savvy response: Today’s business climate may be perfect to launch your own business-to-business company. Cash in on skills you already have — marketing, IT, accounting — to serve small businesses and startups.

Not ready to go it alone just yet? Join a business networking group to test the waters. Check out local chapters of SCORE, a group dedicated to educating and mentoring entrepreneurs and small business owners, for advice and training.

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