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    Virtual Assistant Does Not Equal Isolation

    Virtual Assistant Does Not Equal Isolation
    Virtual PAs have many advantages, professionally and personally but, to get the recognition they deserve, they must tackle head-on the problem of “invisibility”, according to one leading training provider. By picking more strategic tasks and routinely checking in with colleagues by phone or through a dedicated chatroom, PAs can work away from the office successfully without sacrificing their long-term career prospects. ...
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    Make Any Job Less Stressful

    Make Any Job Less Stressful
    Stress is inevitable. But the debilitating strain of chronic work stress is not, even if you're in an inherently stressful profession. In fact, learning to manage your stress is likely to improve your career, according to career coach Julie Jansen, the author of "You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying, and Successful Work Life--No Matter ...
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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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    Re-energize Your Career French-Style: 'La Rentrée' Fall

    Re-energize Your Career French-Style: 'La Rentrée' Fall
    Autumn is the time to get reenergized, a time the French call La Rentrée. When the kids go back to school, adults can focus on their career goals in a big way The French have a name for this time of year, when people get energized in a contemplative, autumnal way—very different from what we experience when crocus shoots appear in ...
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    Administrative and Executive Assistant Job Description

    Administrative and Executive Assistant Job Description
    Occupation Description for Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Description: Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff. Sample of reported job titles: Administrative Aide, Administrative Assistant, Administrative Associate, Administrative Coordinator, Administrative Secretary, ...
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    The Layoff Survival Guide

    The Layoff Survival Guide
    This article offers general information on legal and financial matters relating to employment. For specific information relating to your situation, please consult an attorney, financial planner or appropriate government agency. Now that you've lost your job, you need to hurry up and find a new one, right? Wrong. You've got to buck up and tie up loose ends with your ex-employer ...
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    Look for Work in Troubled Times

    Look for Work in Troubled Times
    It's hard enough to job hunt in a thriving economy, but now, even the heartiest job seeker may be inclined to roll over and catch a few more z's rather than hit the streets. Don't quit looking before you start. Job hunting requires you to pull out all the stops and take the basics to a new level. You truly have ...
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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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    STEP 2: Know the Potential Evolutions of an Admin's Career

    STEP 2: Know the Potential Evolutions of an Admin's Career
    The national median salary for today’s Administrative Assistant is $30,004. By furthering and expanding your education, you could move up more quickly and readily to one of these higher paying positions… +Administrative Professionals:+ Administrative Associate - $30, 551 Administrative/Office Manager -$34, 553 Administrative Coordinator - $34, 624 Executive Secretary - $35, 029 Office Administrator -$35, 388 Sr. Administrative Assistant - $39, ...
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    What To Wear When You Work From Home

    What To Wear When You Work From Home
    h4. What should you wear when you work from home? It's a question I'm asked frequently in my image consultanting business, and one that bears thoughtful consideration. For just as your appearance matters when you report to work in the "outside" world, so, too, does it matter when your commute is just down the hall. Now before you snicker at this ...
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    Manage Work/Life Stress During the Holidays

    Manage Work/Life Stress During the Holidays
    With the holidays upon us, already stressful times become even more challenging. The headlines scream of economic downfall, corporate giants crumbling, jobs balancing on a thread, and expectations of Norman Rockwell holiday bliss cause great stress for even the most balanced individuals. Concierge Resource, a life management firm providing on-site and virtual assistance to employees of hospitals and corporations, offers ...
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    Renewable Energy Generates Sustainable Career Niches for Admins

    Renewable Energy Generates Sustainable Career Niches for Admins
    With world oil production approaching a plateau, energy demand soaring, growing talk of global warming, and fossil-fuel habits under scrutiny, you may be worried about the employment outlook for traditional energy industries like oil. But according to Kevin Doyle, author of The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century, there is a bright side for job hunters: Renewable energy. ...
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    Admins: Reward Yourself

    Admins: Reward Yourself
    As you celebrate Administrative Professionals Week this year, begin by giving to yourself. Let the following tips be your guide. E-Learn a New Skill Enhance your marketability as an admin by learning a new software skill without leaving the comfort of your computer. Stay competitive by taking a course in JavaScript, FrontPage or DreamWeaver, or enroll in an online certification course. ...
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    Green and Growing: Environmental Jobs

    Green and Growing: Environmental Jobs
    What’s the good news for green job seekers? Environmental career opportunities are thriving in numerous sectors and around the globe. Why is the environment driving so many jobs? In a word: Mainstreaming. Once thought of as more “crunchy granola” than “big business,” green products and services are becoming a significant part of the mainstream economy in agriculture, transportation, energy, consumer goods ...
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    They Got Laid Off, You Didn't: How to Act

    They Got Laid Off, You Didn't: How to Act
    When friends are out of work, they're still friends and should be treated that way. Tomorrow it could be you. Layoffs are never easy, and they're never fun—whether you're the person who's out of a job or the colleague left behind. One banker I know is racked with guilt because he has been told that 20 people from his group will ...
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    10 Career Lessons From Dad

    10 Career Lessons From Dad
    Whether you're still daddy's little girl, or the son that reminds him of himself, you know that a father's love runs deep. We look up to our dads, admire them, and do everything we can to make them proud. As kids, our fathers built us cardboard spaceships so we could reach the stars and carried us to safety when we crash ...
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    Ten Tips to Stay Happy at Work

    If you find yourself longing for greener work pastures, don't immediately go looking for the first exit ramp off of your chosen career path. The Balance Team, which specializes in professional- and personal-growth seminars for administrative and executive assistants in Fortune 1000 companies, suggests these 10 tips for staying content at work: 1. Keep Personal Problems Personal: When you're preoccupied with ...
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    A Practical Guide to Branding

    A Practical Guide to Branding
    Talk to entrepreneurs about their marketing and communications efforts, and they'll often use the words "branding," "marketing," and "advertising" interchangeably. That reflects the pervasive confusion about the terms, says Gail Guge, managing partner of Wilkin Guge Marketing in Ontario, Calif.. "About 15 years ago, 'branding' became a buzzword in the business vernacular, and people still get the words mixed up all ...
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    How Admins Are Moving Forward

    How Admins Are Moving Forward
    With administrative professionals taking on more responsibilities in the 21st-century corporate office, the admin field’s future is secure. In fact, more than a quarter million administrative assistant and secretarial positions will be created between 2004 and 2014, according to the US Department of Labor. But with technology taking over many of the low-skilled tasks admins traditionally have performed, what greater responsibilities ...
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    This Festivus, an Airing of My Top 5 Grievances About Work

    This Festivus, an Airing of My Top 5 Grievances About Work
    Today is Festivus, a holiday made popular by the ’90s sitcom “Seinfeld” that includes, among other festivities, an airing of grievances. I’m an equal-opportunity celebrator, so here are some of my grievances about work in general: Cubicles: There’s no privacy, which means taking your cell phone to some quiet corner of the office if you need to discuss sensitive information -- ...
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