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    15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

    1. Why Do You Want to Work in This Industry? Bad answer: “I love to shop. Even as a kid, I spent hours flipping through catalogues.” Don’t just say you like it. Anyone can do that. Focus instead on your history with that particular industry, and if you can, tell a success story. Good answer: “I've always loved shopping, but my ...
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    Questions for Administrative Professionals to Ask the Interviewer

    Questions for Administrative Professionals to Ask the Interviewer
    As my career has progressed and I've added some interesting on-the-job experiences to my work history, I started to develop a list of interview questions that I asked the interviewers when I was in a job interview. An interview is an information exchange between you and a potential employer. They are not obligated to offer the position to you, and you ...
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    5 Steps to Becoming an Administrative Assistant

    5 Steps to Becoming an Administrative Assistant
    You want to start an exciting career, you like to support people, and you are naturally friendly and helpful. Obviously you're thinking about becoming an administrative assistant. But where do you start? We’ve got the best step-by-step guide out there to take you from dreams to reality! STEP 1: Research the Field STEP 2: Decide if Becoming an Administrative Assistant Is ...
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    10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your company has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable -- yet. But instead of sitting ...
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    Understanding Introverts in the Workplace

    Understanding Introverts in the Workplace
    I normally stay out of the Monster articles I write. But this time I can't, because this one's personal. When my editor asked me to write a piece to help people understand introverts in the workplace, I knew I'd have a lot to say, especially when she told me to discuss misperceptions people tend to have about introverts and the often ...
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    Top 10 Resume Blunders

    Top 10 Resume Blunders
    Make sure your resume is in top notch shape by avoiding the top 10 resume blunders: 1. Too Focused on Job Duties Your resume should not be a boring list of job duties and responsibilities. Go beyond showing what was required and demonstrate how you made a difference at each company, providing specific examples. When developing your achievements, ask yourself: • ...
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    10 Things I Learned from My Layoff

    10 Things I Learned from My Layoff
    I didn’t think it would happen to me. As a news producer for a television network, I reported on unemployment numbers daily. I was detached. Analytical. Objective. Then one day, without any prior warning, I was out of a job, and the subject of someone else’s news story. It’s not that I thought I was immune, or somehow above it ...
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    7 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

    [widget:bill_lampton_featured_auth_box] We have all heard this warning: "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." In fact, psychologists caution that we only have from seven to 17 seconds of interacting with strangers before they form an opinion of us. With this widely acknowledged pressure to "make our case" instantly, here are *seven tips for making your ...
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    Make-or-Break Interview Mistakes

    Make-or-Break Interview Mistakes
    Some people go into human resources thinking that it's like social work. Here's a news flash for anyone who thinks in those terms: If you're the kind of person who wants to adopt every stray kitten and advise every needy person you meet, you may want to find a different profession. The plain truth is that HR people have limits on ...
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    Opening Lines for Your Admin Cover Letter

    Opening Lines for Your Admin Cover Letter
    Cover letter openers are often pretty generic, but they don’t have to be. "Most cover letters begin with something like, 'In response to your job advertisement, I'm forwarding my resume for your review and consideration,'” says Abby Locke, speaker, writer and president of Washington, DC-based Premier Writing Solutions. “Make a stronger first impression by writing something different -- something that will ...
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    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"

    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"
    In most job-filling situations, the employer has the luxury of choosing from several well-qualified applicants, all of whom could probably do the job. That's when the little things, like the common but often unrecognized mistakes described here, almost always come into play. Make sure you avoid them, so they don't cost you a shot at the job. h4. *1. Using a ...
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    4 Grammar/Spelling Pitfalls to Avoid

    4 Grammar/Spelling Pitfalls to Avoid
    It’s hard enough to come up with the right words to sell yourself in a resume or cover letter, without the English language tripping you up. One little mistake in spelling or grammar can ruin an entire resume or cover letter. It’s not easy to remember all the rules of the English language. So here’s a little cheat-sheet to help you ...
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    The 25 Species of Coworkers

    They might be lurking in the cubicle next to you or lounging in a cushy corner office. They could be e-nagging you daily or haunting your dreams at night. That’s right, the people you work with have the power to influence, annoy, inspire, and scare the living daylights out of you (work nightmares, anyone?). Since you’re stuck with them 40 hours ...
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    Hate to Schmooze?

    Hate to Schmooze?
    Monster Member Will Asks: I'm really a friendly guy, and I have excellent relationships with people. But I tend to have a few good friends rather than many superficial ones. I like to have long quiet dinners with people where we can really talk about what we're thinking and feeling. I've always hated fraternity parties and mega-events where you go to ...
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    5 Things You Need to Give up to Get A Job

    It’s time for the reality check. America is in a recession and jobs are fewer while competition is greater. It takes even more hustle, dedication, and tenacity to land a job today than it did for your parents. Having a degree isn’t always enough and, sorry to break it to you, but you aren’t likely to get your dream job ...
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    10 Subtle Ways to Sabotage Your Interview

    We all know that showing up late to an interview or dressing inappropriately can ruin your chances for a job. But what about the more subtle ways that could make you unexpectedly sabotage your job interview? Don’t let it happen to you! Keep in mind these 10 common subconscious mistakes that you probably don’t even know you’re making. NEXT | ...
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    Is Low Self Esteem Affecting Your Job?

    Is Low Self Esteem Affecting Your Job?
    Could low self-esteem be affecting you on the job? When we allow ourselves to be overcome by our low-self esteem we are unable to reach our full potential at work and, more importantly, in life. You could be subconsciously holding yourself back from opportunities, advancement, and achievements on a professional and personal level. A few of the ways how low self-esteem ...
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    7 Job Search Time Wasters, and How to Avoid Them

    7 Job Search Time Wasters, and How to Avoid Them
    Looking for a job is, indeed, a full time job. And like any full time job, you probably waste a lot of time either completing tasks, or between them. The difference is, when you’re looking for work, you don’t have a boss to answer to. You are only accountable to yourself - and let’s face it, you kind of favor you. ...
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    The Administrative Professional's Resume

    The Administrative Professional's Resume
    As a support professional, you are the heart of the organization. Without you, there might be total disarray and confusion. You may only be appreciated after you're gone and your employer is left to figure out how you were able to get so much done. Pump up Your Resume Your resume needs to reflect all that you do and have accomplished, ...
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    5 Steps to Getting a Promotion

    5 Steps to Getting a Promotion
    You have been working for your current company for a while now, and you are ready to move up the ladder. You might have even been considered for a promotion in the past, but didn't quite make the cut. Earning a promotion takes more effort and diligence than you might expect. You must master your current job and prove that you ...
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