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    Are You Better Than Your Boss at Her Job?

    Are You Better Than Your Boss at Her Job?
    In a recent Monster homepage poll, we asked, "Could you do your current (or most recent) boss's job better than he or she does?" Here's what you had to say: Of 3,032 U.S. respondents, 69.23 percent think they could outperform their boss (and more than half of those respondents would describe their boss as "incompetent"). And less than 12 percent think ...
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    Audio: Becoming a Virtual Assistant

    Audio: Becoming a Virtual Assistant
    When Drena Moothart, an executive assistant, began considering where she wanted to raise her children, she opted for somewhere rural. She and her husband upped and moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Glacier Bay National Park area. Still, Moothart managed to continue working as a well-paid assistant to clients on the coast -- both coasts, for that matter. ...
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    8 Ways to Spice Up Your Resume

    8 Ways to Spice Up Your Resume
    Career experts are unanimous on the importance of customizing our resumes for each new job we apply for. But for many of us, when it comes to revising our resumes, the first question is "How?" It's easy to get stuck in rut when you're working with material you know so well. So here are some ways to take a fresh look ...
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    Top 10 Fun Quotes for Administrative Professionals

    Top 10 Fun Quotes for Administrative Professionals
    AdminSecret took their top five favorite quotes from Happy Worker's "Top 10 Fun Quotes for Administrative Professionals." They write... We apologize in advance for the uber-use of the word "secretary"... insert administrative professional, office manager, executive assistant or another title anywhere that you see fit. All the more reason to throw on the lip balm to quote up a storm for ...
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    10 Winning Ways to Land the Job You Want

    10 Winning Ways to Land the Job You Want
    With unemployment at a five-year high, job competition is stiff these days. But whether you're unemployed or simply unhappy in your current position, it's still possible to find new career opportunities. Just ask Julie Cajigas, who received two job offers after job hunting for about two months (a short job search by most people's standards). She started her new job in ...
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    10 Career Resolutions for 2011

    10 Career Resolutions for 2011
    Like the old saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life," it's never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help. Pay Attention in Class Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more productive. ...
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    How to Bounce Back from Career Setbacks

    How to Bounce Back from Career Setbacks
    With economic unrest and rapid changes in infrastructure, many good people have recently found themselves facing job insecurity and layoffs. The situation is not going to turn around overnight, so we have to take stock of where we are and look at what we can do to survive the setbacks we're experiencing. For tips on how to do this, I contacted ...
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    How Effective Is Your E-Newsletter?

    How Effective Is Your E-Newsletter?
    So you've launched your e-mail newsletter. Is it working? Do your customers and prospects get value from it - and are they more likely to buy from you as a result? Is it really worth your time? The great thing about e-mail marketing is that everything is trackable - your e-newsletter reporting will help answer these questions. Most e-mail marketing solutions ...
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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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    Doing Your Homework Before the Interview

    Doing Your Homework Before the Interview
    Once upon a time, a job seeker landed an interview, skimmed the prospective employer's annual report, wowed the hiring manager with a few company facts and strolled into his dream job. That late-'90s fairy tale rarely comes true these days. With employers in more control of the labor market, candidates feel compelled to give it their all when preparing for interviews. ...
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    Winning Management Lessons from the NFL

    Winning Management Lessons from the NFL
    You can more learn much more than you thought by watching a day of football. In case the unpredictability, camaraderie and showmanship weren't enough reasons to spend a day watching football, there's also plenty you can learn about managing a business. Fans know the game's much more complex than it's often given credit for. After all, sports analysts have no problem ...
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    From Admin to Insurance Sales

    From Admin to Insurance Sales
    Looking for a solid career? The insurance industry may be the right place for you. Armed with only a high school diploma or a two-year associate’s degree, you’ll find plenty of entry-level jobs are open to you in this field. h4. Admin to Sales Insurance is a paperwork-intensive business, so there’s always demand for administrative assistants, especially in the property and ...
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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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    6 Sloppy Speech Habits

    6 Sloppy Speech Habits
    You may look good on paper or in your suit, but if you're looking to nail your big interview, looks aren't everything. How you sound is often more important. But many job seekers let careless speech habits sink their chances of landing that plum job. The Bottom Line: You don't have to study elocution to speak well. Simply slow down, take ...
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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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    What to do when asked to take a Personality Test!

    What to do when asked to take a Personality Test!
    If you're asked to take a personality test as part of the hiring process, you have some choices to make -- theoretically, at least. For example, you could respectfully decline to take the test. You could ask the many questions you have concerning how the test was developed, what it purportedly measures, who will be administering it and interpreting the results, ...
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    Health Care Options after Being Laid off

    Health Care Options after Being Laid off
    One of the most challenging parts of losing your job is losing your employer-based health insurance. The American health care system is based upon employers' ability to buy group health insurance for their employees; unfortunately, this leaves the recently unemployed with the challenge of finding health care in the complex and often inequitable individual market. There are, however, several good options ...
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    Personal Traits Harmful to Your Career

    Personal Traits Harmful to Your Career
    Here’s something interesting: the way you respond to specific situations tends to be the way you respond across the board. This is nothing mysterious; it simply reveals some of our character traits underlying our behavior. The goal here is to be aware of your behavior patterns during your career transition. For example: if some of your friends you frequently hang out ...
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    The 4 P's of Interviewing...Admin Style!

    The 4 P's of Interviewing...Admin Style!
    If you wanted to pick someone's brain about interviewing, Kent Kirch's would be a good one to pick. He's been involved in recruitment and candidate selection for 25 years and reckons he's interviewed about 3,000 candidates. He's now the global director of recruitment for Deloitte, which hires thousands of people every year. Expert Advice Kirch divides interviewing into four buckets -- ...
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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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