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    10 Workplace Rules You're Not Going to Like

    10 Workplace Rules You're Not Going to Like
    Does sexism still exist in the workplace? Of course it does. But it's no longer in the form of an unsolicited smack on the behind or blatant, belittling comment. Modern day sexism is less obvious, more subtle, harder to put your finger on. It's also harder to fight. In her blog post "Top 10 Uwritten Rules That Could Sabotage Your Career," ...
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    Five Things Admins Hate

    Being an administrative assistant is great (well, usually), but sometimes even the greatest workplace can offer up some pretty unpleasant situations -- ones that you’ve had to endure with a smile on your face even though you’re about to cry from frustration. We’ve asked some real-life, star admins what they absolutely can’t stand about their jobs and come up with some ...
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    When You Suspect a Coworker has a Substance Abuse Problem

    When You Suspect a Coworker has a Substance Abuse Problem
    A person I worked with had a problem with alcohol and the whole office knew about it except me. I can't smell so I didn't notice what the others did, but in a way that was a good thing. It seems as soon as we tag someone as having an alcohol problem, we don't seem to see anything else about the ...
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    6 Sloppy Speech Habits to Avoid

    1. Non-Words Filler words such as "um," "ah," "you know," "OK," or "like" tell the interviewer you're not prepared and make you sound like a Valley Girl (or Boy). A better strategy is to think before you speak, taking pauses and breaths when you lose your train of thought. Everybody utters an occasional "um," but don't let it start every sentence. ...
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    STEP 2: Decide If Becoming an Administrative Assistant Is Right for You

    STEP 2: Decide If Becoming an Administrative Assistant Is Right for You
    Administrative work takes a great deal of dedication, motivation and tact. It also calls for a comfort with technology and openness to training. When figuring out if becoming an administrative assistant is the best fit for you, ask and answer the following questions: Do you like the environment of a business office? Big or small ? Do you like greeting and ...
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    10 Overused Phrases Interviewers Hate

    Interviews are hard. You’re nervous. You’re usually in close quarters. You have to answer question after question with little recovery time. And your entire professional future seems to hang in the balance of this one encounter. It’s no wonder so many interviewees resort to clichés when answering interview questions. But panicked responses aren’t going to land you that job. So ...
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    100 Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer

    100 Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer
    While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. So we've prepared a list of 100 potential interview questions. Will you face them all? We pray no interviewer would be that cruel. Will you face a few? Probably. Will you be well-served by being ready even if you're not ...
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    STEP 4: Look for Administrative Assistant Jobs and Apply

    STEP 4: Look for Administrative Assistant Jobs and Apply
    Now that you have decided this field is for you and have the smarts to back it up, you are ready to show yourself off to employers, right? Wrong. You’ll need a standout resume, an impeccable cover letter, and you have to brush up on your interview skills. Follow our expert advice on honing your job search, applying and landing the ...
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    Figuring Out Why You're Not Getting Called For Interviews

    Figuring Out Why You're Not Getting Called For Interviews
    Sometimes, it's painfully easy to figure out why you didn't land the interview. Case in point: The 1991 cover letter I wrote to one Mr. Wooward instead of the correctly spelled Mr. Woodward. He sent it back to me with a circle around my fatal mistake. Most of the time, though, it's much more difficult to pinpoint why you're not getting ...
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    The New Rules for Making the Big Leap

    The New Rules for Making the Big Leap
    You never know what the impetus will be—a random conversation with a friend, an article you read online, or a snippet of a radio interview overheard in a cab—when it hits you that you're ready to make the Big Leap—that you're hungry for more power, pay, and prestige. You may have been thinking Big Leap thoughts for some time, or this ...
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    How to Make Your Boss Look Good

    How to Make Your Boss Look Good
    When you’ve got a good working relationship with your boss, she can be your greatest asset. Not only can she help you succeed in your current job and prepare you for more responsibility, she can also make your work satisfying and fun. But of course this just doesn’t happen. It’s up to you to get the ball rolling in the right ...
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    LISTENING Tips for the Interview

    LISTENING Tips for the Interview
    If you thought interviewing was only about answering questions, you've been missing the point. You've also been missing an opportunity to gather valuable information. Listening is one of the most underused skills in a job interview. Most candidates go into an interview thinking about how they will answer the questions, and they forget they are also there to learn about the ...
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    Use Examples in the Interview!

    Use Examples in the Interview!
    Whether hiring for internships or full-time positions, most recruiters have heard statements like these from college students over and over again: "I have strong communication skills." "I'm self-motivated." "I'm good at managing my time." "I have excellent leadership qualities." "I work well with others." When you make claims like these in your interviews - perhaps in response to a question like, ...
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    Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate

    Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
    Let's face it: All other things being equal, employers would rather recruit local applicants than out-of-towners. It's more convenient to schedule interviews, and there are no hassles or cost concerns associated with relocation. But according to Monster data, about half of all job seekers are willing to move for the right job. If you are planning to move or are just ...
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    Increased Efficiency in 3 Moves

    Increased Efficiency in 3 Moves
    Did you know your productivity decreases 20% to 40% when you switch tasks mid-stream? Pretty astonishing, isn't it? Although it’s hard to believe, it’s true according to a 2001 study conducted by the University of Michigan. The good news is this. You can dramatically increase your productivity simply by staying focused on a single task for longer periods of time. In ...
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    5 Friends You Should Have at Work

    5 Friends You Should Have at Work
    You spend most of your day at work, right? Why not make some friends while you're there? You won't just have more fun — you'll work better. Gallup research shows that developing close friendships at work boosts employee satisfaction by almost 50%. And while we don't always choose our friends with career success in mind (company happy hour, ahem), there are ...
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    Dying to Get Ahead? 10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself

    Dying to Get Ahead? 10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself
    There are all sorts of reasons to change who you are at work. Team players might want to become team leaders. Process-driven rule-followers might decide to reinvent themselves as creative thinkers. Whatever the reason, it is best not to turn up at the office one day in proper shoes only to return to your trainer-wearing slacker ways a week later — ...
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    Excel Is NOT a Database!

    Excel Is NOT a Database!
    We all know what Microsoft Excel is. It’s a spreadsheet software. It’s not a database. It’s never been a database. It never will be a database. Do I sound strident there? GOOD! Seriously, it’s not a database, folks, so please quit using it as one. I can’t tell you how many places I’ve worked keep critical data in spreadsheets, jumping through ...
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    "Because We've Always Done It That Way"

    "Because We've Always Done It That Way"
    I don’t know about you, but those words are the bane of my existence. Part of our job as administrative professionals is to design office processes and to improve on old ones. The first step in improving an existing process is to understand why it’s being done as it is. That’s when the dreaded words appear. “Because we’ve always done it ...
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    Twitter Mistakes to Avoid at Work

    A lot has been written about the revolutionary impact of Twitter: how it's changed the way we communicate, how it's connected us to one another, how it's increased transparency in everything we do, and how it's even helped us find jobs. But as much as people love Twitter, there's growing concern about other impacts the social networking tool is having, ...
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