(1) Do you have a colleague you can trust who walks the same walk, talks the same talk and shares the many of your same interests as you?

NOPE, NOT YET

You need an INDUSTRY ALLY, my friend! Because whether it’s business jargon or emerging trends, sometimes it’s easier to communicate with someone who understands and can relate to your ups and downs. Most importantly, they can help keep your work life from seeping too far into your personal or romantic worlds by acting as a sounding board when you need it.

So do yourself a favor: Look around, there’s probably a potential Ally in sight: They could be a coworker, contact made at a networking event, mutual associate or even a connection sprung from social media.

And while they’re relatively easy to find, they can be hard relationships to nurture – especially if you you start to rise up the ranks more rapidly than your Ally. Don’t disclose too much personal or professional intel (especially online!) — when the stakes are high, that GChat rant could come back to sting.