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    6 Interview Traps...Avoid Them!

    It's tough to avoid typical interview traps if you're unsure what they are. Here are a half dozen to watch out for. 1. Confusing an Interview with an Interrogation. Most candidates expect to be interrogated. An interrogation occurs when one person asks all the questions and the other gives the answers. An interview is a business conversation in which both people ...
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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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    STEP 5: Become Indispensable

    STEP 5: Become Indispensable
    Congratulations! You’ve gotten the job. Now you need to prove they can’t live without you. How? Embrace your role as the hub of the office, wear many hats, and take on various responsibilities in an organization. Every successful administrative assistant must have the following qualities: Be Trustworthy: You know your bosses and your organization better than anyone. The people you support ...
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    Top Ten Things Career Changers Should Never Do

    Top Ten Things Career Changers Should Never Do
    Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you've lost your mind, headhunters say you'll never work again and your relatives contribute the old "I told you so" routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multitalented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their ...
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    Free Tools to Help Manage Your Life

    Free Tools to Help Manage Your Life
    How often have you wished for more time with your family? You probably also wish for an orderly schedule and an organized desk. Free productivity tools can make all of these things a reality. Getting organized can be a daunting prospect. But soon you'll be efficient at scheduling meetings and completing tasks. You'll have more time to spend with your family. ...
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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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    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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    Are You Getting Interviews, But Not the Job?

    Are You Getting Interviews, But Not the Job?
    How to Diagnose Where You Might Be Going Wrong Your resume has earned you interviews with several employers over the past year. That's impressive, especially in this economy. But none of those interviews has yielded a job offer. You've done the standard interview preparation. You've shown up on time and dressed in appropriate interview attire. But somewhere between the paper credentials ...
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    Networking - Not Once or Twice But Constantly

    A chance comment from a VA on a forum during the week prompted me to think about the message they were conveying. They gave the impression that they only networked now and then for their business when they ran out of work, but not often otherwise. Before I started my business I had been attending seminars and events for personal and ...
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    10 Job Interview Fashion Blunders

    10 Job Interview Fashion Blunders
    Any article about what to wear to an interview might well begin with a qualifying statement covering the extremes in various states (New York and California, for example) and industries (technology, manufacturing), which are possible exceptions to the normal rules of fashion. But it might surprise you to learn that those extremes have, over the last couple of years, begun to ...
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    Long-Distance Job Search Strategies

    Long-Distance Job Search Strategies
    Q. I am a senior communications/marketing/PR professional looking to move to the Boston area from New York, and have spent a lot of time networking over the past year, which has resulted in a few interviews. Several Boston search firm executives I spoke with said to use a Boston address (my sister's, whom I would live with once I got the ...
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    5 Cover Letters That Worked

    We talk about them all the time: cover letters. We share general tips, explore best practices, and warn of the most common cover letter mistakes. What we haven't done is give you specific examples of real cover letters that worked. Until now! AdminSecret has tracked down five cover letters that helped job seekers land an interview. Sometimes, they even got ...
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    How Well Do You Play the Game?

    How Well Do You Play the Game?
    When we asked members, "How well do you play the game at work?" the question provoked a range of responses. Many felt their inability to deal with office politics had hurt their careers. Others were baffled by people who got ahead based on looks, knowing the right person or doing the right amount of kissing up, despite being unqualified for their ...
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    Having Trouble Planning A "Non-Religious" Office Party?

    Having Trouble Planning A "Non-Religious" Office Party?
    Do you have trouble planning your holiday office party? Do you feel that there are too many people opposing to different things that you plan such as religious issues? I am sure that this happens within many organizations and each year, everyone has something to say about what they feel would be the "best" way to celebrate the holidays. Of course, ...
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    Job Profile: Project Manager

    Job Profile: Project Manager
    So you want to be a project manager? Be ready to take on the tasks of leadership, financial savvy, and deadlines. Ask any project manager what his primary responsibility is, and you will hear, “Complete the project on time, under budget, and at top levels of quality and technology.” Project managers worth their salt must schedule, monitor, and control resources to ...
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    Tips for Finding Employment in Hard Times

    Tips for Finding Employment in Hard Times
    To beat the job-hunting pack, you'll need to take risks, be realistic, and understand your potential employer's needs We can all agree that times are tough. Everywhere I turn, it seems that more companies are cutting jobs across the board. It's not just General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) anymore; everyone from Starbucks (SBUX) to Sun Microsystems (JAVA) to Citigroup (C) ...
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    8 Secrets of “Lucky” Job-Seekers

    Still looking for the four-leafed clover that will get you the job you’ve always wanted? If Lady Luck hasn’t been on your side lately, maybe it’s time to try a new approach. Contrary to popular belief, good luck doesn’t solely have to do with fate and the mysterious unfolding of the universe — according to several psychology study results, luck ...
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    Reinvent Yourself to Find a New Job

    Reinvent Yourself to Find a New Job
    Kristen Nahum knew it was time to close her 6-year-old jewelry store when sales no longer covered the rent. "I won't go back into retail," she said. "I'm looking to reinvent myself." For many workers who have lost their jobs, returning to their prior profession is not an attractive option. Former real estate agents, bankers, car dealers and mortgage brokers are ...
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    How Admins Can Survive Layoff Overload

    How Admins Can Survive Layoff Overload
    It’s no secret admins often bear the brunt of layoffs. With fewer support staffers in the building, admins often have to do their regular jobs plus responsibilities formerly handled by recently departed colleagues. That makes a stressful work environment even more challenging. But with a deliberate plan, you can thrive - here’s how. *Focus on the Positive* “Stay focused, and stay ...
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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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