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This post is part of our biweekly "Office Hours" video series, featuring quick career, workplace and leadership tips from talent management experts and business leaders across the globe.

There's a clear case to be made that companies should invest in professional development opportunities for their employees. According to Gallup, 87 percent of millennials consider these opportunities important in a job.

But even at a company that lays professional development opportunities right in front of its workers, the employee with dreams of the corner office needs to show some initiative.

In this video, ControlTouch Systems' Director of Organizational Development Carla Terwilleger explains why the best advice she has ever gotten is to “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have."

By modeling the attributes and assuming the responsibilities of the position you aim for, managers and mentors will notice your ambition. Soon, those responsibilities will be part of your formal job description, and you'll be eyeing the next rung in the ladder.

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