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    Is Your Boss Not Giving You Enough Work?

    Is Your Boss Not Giving You Enough Work?
    Do you find yourself being bored out of your mind at times with nothing to do? Do you feel that your boss could offer you more tasks, but keeps telling you that they're putting things together for you, but never do? This, of course, is heaven to some, but like me, can't stand being bored. I always need to keep myself ...
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    How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

    How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits
    Once you have been laid off, one of the first things you are likely to think about is how you are going to replace your income. Unemployment Insurance (UI) was established by the government to provide unemployment benefits to workers when become unemployed due to factors outside their control to financially assist them while they are looking for employment. UI is ...
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    Your Workspace: A Window into Your Personality?

    Photo courtesy of moriza via Creative Commons My desk is covered with Simpsons memorabilia, nine boxes of cereal, and photos of my family and friends. With one glance any passer-by can see I’m a fan of cartoons, eating, and my loved ones. A study at the University of Texas-Austin found that offices can reveal much about a worker's personality and ...
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    Managing My Career

    Managing My Career
    I decided to select a topic from my latest book for admins, Underneath It All. At our conference the one big 'aha' moment was when I asked all 120 attendees, "Where do you go to learn about your profession — what resources do you use?" While a few told me about resources they use to develop skills, not one person could ...
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    Organizing Quick Tip: Now is a Great Time To...

    Organizing Quick Tip: Now is a Great Time To...
    With the holidays just around the corner, now is a great time to declutter your kitchen! This week, take a few minutes each day to do a kitchen micro-clean up project. Here are some ideas to whet your appetite. * Wipe down the cabinet fronts and appliances to make your kitchen sparkle. * Go through the fridge, pantry or food cabinets ...
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    Why I Prefer Email

    Why I Prefer Email
    It was only 7.45am and I was catching up with emails and playing with some photos I wanted to edit. The business line rang and I wondered whether I should pick it up yet or not. After all I don’t usually start work till a bit later. I answered the phone and it was one of my clients. A check he’d ...
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    17 Ways to Stay Awake (Without Coffee!)

    17 Ways to Stay Awake (Without Coffee!)
    By Marc and Angel Hack Life | Divine Caroline Staying awake is easy … five shots of espresso and a can of red bull is all you need. You’ll certainly be wide awake and wired, but you may also die from a heart attack a few hours later. In all seriousness, conquering drowsiness before it overwhelms your mind can be quite ...
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    10 Workplace Rules You're Not Going to Like

    10 Workplace Rules You're Not Going to Like
    Does sexism still exist in the workplace? Of course it does. But it's no longer in the form of an unsolicited smack on the behind or blatant, belittling comment. Modern day sexism is less obvious, more subtle, harder to put your finger on. It's also harder to fight. In her blog post "Top 10 Uwritten Rules That Could Sabotage Your Career," ...
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    You Now Have Permission To...

    You Now Have Permission To...
    AdminSecret knows it can feel like nobody appreciates all your hard work as an admin sometimes (but rest assured that we do!), so we're sharing this article from Featured Author Sydni Craig-Hart on how to take back your self-esteem. Enjoy! Perhaps you saw in last week’s ezine that I spent the better part of the week with my mastermind group in ...
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    Stay-at-Home Moms Are Not Who You Think

    Stay-at-Home Moms Are Not Who You Think
    When Adriana Bell had her first child, she kept working. But as a customer-service agent for an airline, she worked many nights, weekends and holidays. For Bell, who grew up in Colombia, that was not the American dream. So when her son Nicholas was 4, she quit and became a stay-at-home mom. "My priority is family, and the schedule was killing ...
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    AdminSecret Wants to Know: Has Your Spouse Been Laid Off?

    AdminSecret Wants to Know: Has Your Spouse Been Laid Off?
    Times are tough — and they just might be getting tougher. A layoff in the family can definitely cause stress. Is your family struggling with unemployment or are you one of the lucky ones? AdminSecret wants to know how you're doing and give you a place to share tips, tricks, and best wishes. Join the Discussion! Related Reads: 25 Best U.S. ...
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    When You Suspect a Coworker has a Substance Abuse Problem

    When You Suspect a Coworker has a Substance Abuse Problem
    A person I worked with had a problem with alcohol and the whole office knew about it except me. I can't smell so I didn't notice what the others did, but in a way that was a good thing. It seems as soon as we tag someone as having an alcohol problem, we don't seem to see anything else about the ...
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    9 Ways Women Sabotage Their Careers

    9 Ways Women Sabotage Their Careers
    Barbara Reinhold | MonsterVery few people doubt the corporate deck is stacked against women to some degree. Still, you can sabotage your own career through errors made in the name of doing well or doing more. Here are nine career stoppers that can prevent you from advancing in your career. Do any of them figure into your modus operandi? 1. Flirting ...
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    Five Things Admins Hate

    Being an administrative assistant is great (well, usually), but sometimes even the greatest workplace can offer up some pretty unpleasant situations -- ones that you’ve had to endure with a smile on your face even though you’re about to cry from frustration. We’ve asked some real-life, star admins what they absolutely can’t stand about their jobs and come up with some ...
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    Hoaxes and Scams: How Can You Tell If They're Real?

    Hoaxes and Scams: How Can You Tell If They're Real?
    Are you getting tons of junk e-mails in your inbox? Do you wish that you could figure out what is real and what is fake? I get about 200 e-mails per day, roughly about 100 of those are spam. It's amazing of how people still try to con others into giving them a great loan, even if they have bad or ...
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    Dining Etiquette: Don't Network With Your Mouth Full

    Dining Etiquette: Don't Network With Your Mouth Full
    No matter where a meeting takes place, it is still a meeting. If a potential client decides to interview you over a meal at a restaurant, your table manners must be up to par. The following etiquette guidelines will help get you through your next dinner interview. Long before you enter the restaurant, make sure you turn off your cell phone ...
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    Be Positive About Your Customer Service Issues

    Be Positive About Your Customer Service Issues
    Do you find that when you contact a vendor because of a problem with your order of some sort that you get the dreaded automated messaging system, where you get lost with dialing all of the different numbers just to be able to get to the proper department or even a live person? Then you finally do reach a live person ...
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    Turning an Interview into a Job

    Turning an Interview into a Job
    So, your killer resume has resulted in the interview. Now it’s make or break time. Nothing else matters. When you walk in the door for an interview you are starting off at zero. The only thing that matters to that employer now is how you come off in the interview. First Impressions Remember, you can never make a new first impression. ...
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    Email and Forum Etiquette

    Email and Forum Etiquette
    There seems to be an increasing trend of replying to a personal email or forum based email and not include the message being responded to. I find this rather annoying to say the least, not to mention time wasting. Email is still not 100% proof as we all know and if I’m interested in seeing what someone is responding to, but ...
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    The Best Laid Plans Are Flexible

    The Best Laid Plans Are Flexible
    As you know, last Friday I posted what I realized was an aggressive list for Finish it Friday. Since the weekend is when I have my biggest block of “do-stuff-around-the-house” time, I love the idea of starting the weekend with a to-do list—a.k.a. my Finish It Friday list. My list helps me stay focused during the weekend, which means more things ...
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