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    Master Your Annual Review

    Master Your Annual Review
    You would think that working hard, doing a good job and getting results would guarantee a good annual review and a decent salary increase. Perhaps at some companies that's true. But at many companies, doing a good job is not enough to guarantee a decent raise. Even worse, employees who have stayed with one company and have not sought out offers ...
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    Competent Jerks and Lovable Fools: The Likeability Factor at Work

    Photo: shearforce/Flickr (CC) Do your coworkers like you? Or do they avoid you like day-old conference-room bagels? Does it matter, as long as you're getting the job done? You betcha, says a Harvard Business Review report on "Competent Jerks, Lovable Fools, and the Formation of Social Networks" by Tiziana Casciaro and Miguel Sousa Lobo. Like it or not, likeability matters. ...
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    Not Everyone Is Just Like You

    Not Everyone Is Just Like You
    He is a great executive. A self-starter, he prides himself on being able to land on his feet in virtually any new environment. He is extremely intelligent, hard-working, creative, and entrepreneurial. He gets the job done. Not only doesn't he need much supervision; he doesn't like it when people treat him as if he needs lots of help. As we talked ...
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    Times to Go with Your Gut at Work

    Times to Go with Your Gut at Work
    Ever get a hunch but can’t put your finger on why you feel the way you do? Perhaps it’s the way a coworker reacts to your proposal, or a strange feeling that your boss isn’t happy with your performance. Not everything can be worked out with a pro and con list. Much of working with people is following your intuition. And ...
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    Cover Letters: Don't Bother

    Cover Letters: Don't Bother
    In my daily search for information on job interviews, resumes and cover letters, I tend to see the same advice: Don’t make your resume more than one page, get prepared for the interview, and always send a cover letter. Always. But yesterday I came across someone that says something completely different. His basic philosophy is: "Cover letters? Don't bother." David Silverman ...
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    Ten Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)

    Ten Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)
    Unsure whether you should keep your job or seek greener pastures? While a shaky economy shouldn't keep you in a job you can't stand, you can watch for these 10 signs that could tell you you're fine right where you are. 1. You're Happy We're not talking mere complacency here, but genuine happiness. If you're happy, you're going to be more ...
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    More Than Just a "Secretary"

    More Than Just a "Secretary"
    Anyone in the administrative profession knows that the job of the traditional secretary has evolved substantially to include much more than typing, filing and pouring coffee. But even as admins take on more and more managerial skills and bosses type their own emails, many report that old stereotype still lives on in the workplace. "Years ago, you were that piece of ...
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    5 Skills to Learn if You’re Looking for a Job

    5 Skills to Learn if You’re Looking for a Job
    It’s becoming harder to stand out from the growing pile of resumes in today’s tough job market. If you’re unemployed, consider learning a new skill to gain an advantage. “First, look at your strengths to see how those might cross over into other fields or careers,” says Diane Brennan, an Arizona-based career consultant. “Then decide what other skills you need to ...
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    Job Profile: Event Planner/Coordinator

    Job Profile: Event Planner/Coordinator
    +Job Description+ The work of meeting and convention planners may be considered either stressful or energizing, but there is no question that it is fast-paced and demanding. Planners oversee multiple operations at one time, face numerous deadlines, and orchestrate the activities of several different groups of people. * -Event planners design, organize and coordinate conferences, conventions, meetings, seminars, exhibitions, trade shows, ...
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    “Where Will You Be in Five Years?” Answers

    “Where Will You Be in Five Years?” Answers
    “Where do you see yourself in five years?” — we all know the question. So why are we still stumped when someone asks this granddaddy of a ridiculous interview question in our interview? Here’s why – because most job seekers believe it has no relevance. The reason? No company can (or ever will) guarantee an employee a job for five years. ...
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    Get Noticed at Promotion Time

    Get Noticed at Promotion Time
    Since you started at your company one year ago, several positions have opened up you could have easily slipped into. Instead, other internal candidates got the nod. The last person who was hired in your company (just two months ago) was even promoted. What can you do to get noticed and prevent another opportunity from passing you by? Study these solutions ...
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    Spread Your Admin Wings

    Spread Your Admin Wings
    As an administrative assistant, you can stretch your professional wings and take on many other positions with your transferable skills. But many admins allow themselves to get stuck in a rut, not realizing their own true value. Being successful requires a combination of hard skills, including word processing, software knowledge and research skills. And working in different areas often requires learning ...
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    Job-Hopping: Career Killer or Savior?

    Job-Hopping: Career Killer or Savior?
    Job-hopping. It’s career suicide. That is, if conventional wisdom and my father are to be believed. They tell us to stay at a job for at least two years. That the longer you stay in one place, the more dependable you’ll appear. And the better your chances for success when you do look for a new job. They tell us that ...
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    Executive Assistants Beware, Dealing with a Saboteur

    Executive Assistants Beware, Dealing with a Saboteur
    Gloria just finished a temp assignment and experienced an awful case of sabotaging by a peer admin who is a lot younger than her and has been with the company for a year. She asks for information on dealing with a saboteur. Gloria said that she noticed this administrative assistant manages upward and is passive aggressive and well connected in the ...
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    The Few, The Proud, The Male Admin

    The Few, The Proud, The Male Admin
    While it isn't a far reach to say most people automatically think of secretaries as women, Joe Carpenter's gender helped him score his first administrative job in 1971 as secretary at a factory where women weren't allowed inside. "I love being an admin, and I've been lucky for almost 35 years to work in a field I love," he says today. ...
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    How to Get Your Administrative Title Changed

    How to Get Your Administrative Title Changed
    Through our “Contact Us” form on our web site, Laurie writes: "In your webinars, you mentioned you were able to persuade your executive to change your title. I am Assistant to the President of my company. My present title is Administrative Assistant, but my workload and responsibilities indicate it should be Executive Assistant. Can you share your ideas of how to ...
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    Are You in the Best City for Your Job?

    Are You in the Best City for Your Job?
    Elizabeth A. Campbell was happy with the job offer from a top Houston law firm, but she wasn't itching to leave the comfortable life she had built for herself and her two teenage boys in suburban New Jersey. Other than a detour to Michigan for law school, she was a lifelong Northeasterner. Campbell drew up a table of the pluses and ...
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    How to Get a New Job

    How to Get a New Job
    No one said that finding a new job was easy. But if your work has become as exciting as a cheese sandwich and you have to drag yourself out of bed each morning, it’s time for a new challenge. We asked three experts how to find a new job that will stop work being a chore. *1. What do you want?* ...
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    Admin/Support Virtual Interview

    Admin/Support Virtual Interview
    You can thrive in the midst of chaos, but can you handle common interview questions? Put your admin/support knowledge and skills to the ultimate test by taking this virtual interview to prepare for the real thing. START [page] 1 out of 9 h4. Q: Do you remember what attracted you to the ad for this position? Answers: A) I try to ...
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    How Can I Make Sure My References Are Saying Good Things About Me?

    How Can I Make Sure My References Are Saying Good Things About Me?
    The best references in the world aren't worth much if they hide behind a stringent corporate policy or refer callers to the personnel department. Even if they are only following orders, they're waving one of the worst red flags they can in front of a prospective employer left thinking, "If you've done a good job, why wouldn't your references be willing ...
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