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    Handling Job Loss & 8 Tips to Get Back On Track

    Handling Job Loss & 8 Tips to Get Back On Track
    While we heard news the 4th quarter of 2009 that the recession was over, people are still being let go from their position. Numerous administrative assistants and even high level executive assistants have written me. I've been requested to address this in a blog. One scenario: "My question is how do you handle job loss? After 6+ years with my present ...
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    15 Most Ridiculous Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    Develop an Executive Presence as an Admin

    Develop an Executive Presence as an Admin
    Whether you want to advance to a better gig or get more meaningful work and recognition in your current one, it pays to present yourself as someone a few rungs higher on the corporate ladder. Here are some tips for developing executive style, no matter what your position on the org chart. Focus Your Look from Top to Bottom “A well-groomed ...
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    Five Laws That Protect You During Layoffs

    Five Laws That Protect You During Layoffs
    Being laid off is an emotional event that can leave you feeling wronged. Knowing the difference between an illegal layoff and an unfair layoff can help you decide whether to fight or move on. “It’s difficult for employees to see layoffs from an objective perspective,” says Marilyn Conyer, vice president of Accord Human Resources, an Oklahoma City HR consulting firm. “Many ...
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    Will an "Inquiry Letter" Find You a Job?

    Will an "Inquiry Letter" Find You a Job?
    An inquiry letter is similar to a cover letter. The big difference is you send it uninvited (or as a cold contact) to an employer. Send inquiry letters to potential employers who have not advertised a job opening. Use the letter to match your qualifications to the needs of the employer. Sources of information about the needs of an employer are ...
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    Resume Critique Checklist

    Resume Critique Checklist
    Resumes normally get less than a 15-second glance at the first screening. If someone has asked you to review his resume and you want to help him ensure it gets read - or want to know if your own is up to par - be sure you can answer yes to the following questions: h2. First Impression Does the resume look ...
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    First Admin Blog-a-Thon Creates Peer Power

    First Admin Blog-a-Thon Creates Peer Power
    Admins unite worldwide to learn from International Administrative Expert, Joan Burge, and to share their best practices to popular topics ranging from: *Facing Bertha Bully*, *Training Managers*, *Coping With Conflicting Priorities*, *How to Disagree Agreeably*, *Pros and Cons of Being Assertive* and *Rock the Boat!* The Blog-a-Thon is a 22-day event sponsored by Office Dynamics in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. ...
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    Re-Energize Your Job Search: The Best Tips and Tricks

    Re-Energize Your Job Search: The Best Tips and Tricks
    Finding a job can be almost as time-consuming as actually having a job! For many people it can take days, weeks, even months, to land that dream job, and it's no surprise that it's easy to get discouraged, distracted, and depressed. There are two important things to remember - you are not alone and we are here to help! AdminSecret comes ...
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    Your Resume's Look Is as Important as Its Content

    Your Resume's Look Is as Important as Its Content
    Imagine you're an employer and you have two resumes in front of you. One is filled wall-to-wall with text and uses four different fonts. It's also peppered with dozens of bolded, italicized and underlined words and phrases. The second resume is much more visually pleasing. It, too, offers a lot of information, but you can quickly scan the document because it ...
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    I'm My Own Career-Manager and I'm "Heady" with Power!

    I'm My Own Career-Manager and I'm "Heady" with Power!
    Excerpt from Joan Burge’s new book for admins, Underneath It All First, I’d like to welcome you to the New Year! Now that you have enjoyed the holidays, gotten through year-end at work, and are more relaxed, it’s time to refocus for 2009. January actually is a great time to think about your career and where you want to steer it ...
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    Best Industries to Find Jobs in '09

    Best Industries to Find Jobs in '09
    Times are tough, we all know it. Thousands of Americans have been laid off or the company they worked for has gone under. So where are the bright spots in this sea of gloom? Which areas are going to hold job opportunities for admins and non-admins alike? Read more about the industries that are either recession-proof staples or are growing in ...
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    Top Paying Admin Careers

    Top Paying Admin Careers
    Are you looking for a higher salary? Explore some of the top paying administrative positions in the field. Depending on your level of education, you could enter any number of exciting and fulfilling admin positions. The national median salary for today’s Administrative Assistant is $30,004. Further, Medical Secretaries earn $27,786; Legal Secretaries earn $40,917. By furthering and expanding your education, you ...
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    Last-Minute Interview Prep Tips

    Last-Minute Interview Prep Tips
    Interviews can be pretty intimidating, so it's understandable if you put off prepping for the big day because of nerves. Lucky for you, we've put together a cheat sheet of last-minute interview prep tips, whether your interview is tomorrow afternoon — or two hours from now. Procrastinators, rejoice. You still have a chance at that job! 1. Dress Code Looking the ...
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    A Few More Interview Questions for Admins to Ask the Interviewer

    A Few More Interview Questions for Admins to Ask the Interviewer
    From the blog post "A few more Interview Questions to Ask the Interviewer" and a follow up to "Questions for Administrative Professionals to Ask the Interviewer" Upon reviewing my personal customized list of interview questions that I have developed over the years, I realized that I should share a few others that may be helpful also. Additional questions to consider asking ...
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    Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

    Are You Emotionally Intelligent?
    We all know people who have masses of academic qualifications yet somehow just don’t get it right in the world of work. They are not easy people to be with and tend to misread situations. They say the wrong thing, upset people (often completely unintentionally) and therefore don’t always get as many opportunities as people who are emotionally intelligent. They are ...
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    6 Ways Finding a Dream Job Is Like Finding Your Soul Mate

    6 Ways Finding a Dream Job Is Like Finding Your Soul Mate
    The idea of what makes a dream job changes over time, as does what a person looks for in their soul mate. In the past, one simply wanted steady work to provide food and shelter for his or her family. People also didn't live as long, and as a result didn't have the flexibility to date a wide variety of people ...
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    Overqualified? 6 Job Hunting Strategies

    1. Withhold Your Resume Here's what not to do: Fire off a volley of resumes to human resources departments. "Sending a resume is simply a way to oblivion," says Jeffrey Fox, author of Don't Send a Resume. HR departments must quickly eliminate nearly all of the hundreds of resumes submitted for a single opening. At the first whiff of your extra ...
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    STEP 1: Research the Administrative Assistant Field

    STEP 1: Research the Administrative Assistant Field
    Not sure if a career as an administrative assistant is right for you? Not sure where to get started learning about it? Luckily for you, AdminSecret has done the research! Find out what admins really do all day. The Job Joan Burge, an expert consultant to administrative professionals, outlines the most essential 12 key competencies of an admin in her book, ...
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    Earning Your Rightful Place at the Top

    Earning Your Rightful Place at the Top
    Do you want to advance yourself to a ‘position’ of influence and increased responsibility within your current position or the profession? Earn your rightful place at the top. Joan Burge gives you 9 take-it-to-the-bank steps that walk you to your place on the executive team. (Excerpt from Joan's new book for administrative office professionals, Underneath It All) h4. *1. Interface Well* ...
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    STEP 3: Get the Education and Skills You Need

    STEP 3: Get the Education and Skills You Need
    Congratulations! You’ve decided to enter an exciting and rewarding field. To get the most out of yourself and your job, employers and experts suggest you pursue the right degree. First, without question, you need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. This will ensure you have the basic grammar, reading, and typing skills to qualify for a legal secretary ...
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