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    Assessing Your Skill Set

    Assessing Your Skill Set
    Gina had recently been laid off after working as a marketing manager in a high tech company for the past five years. She was distracted as she walked through the aisles of the supermarket. She was thinking about ways to market herself into a new job. She stood in front of the cereal selection, overwhelmed by the number of brands to ...
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    Prep for the Top 10 Interview Questions

    Prep for the Top 10 Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you’ll be ready to deliver them with confidence. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your ...
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    Win at Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

    Win at Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul
    Ever notice how some mediocre employees rise while more competent ones languish? Often, it's because they know how to play office politics. I know, I know. You'd like to think you can succeed purely on your merits. In some offices you can, but in many others, you must know how to play the game. Here's how to win at office politics ...
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    How I Landed My Administrative Assistant Job

    How I Landed My Administrative Assistant Job
    About the employer: Zona Rosa is an upscale retail, restaurant, residential and office development at Interstate 29 and Barry Road in Kansas City. My role: This position is much more than administrative and no day is the same. In addition to duties such as answering the phones and scheduling meetings, I assist with showing the apartments at Zona Rosa, planning and ...
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    How Volunteering Can Boost Your Career

    How Volunteering Can Boost Your Career
    Income…$0. Value…Priceless. It’s always a good thing to give back. Whether it is doing hands on service with a group like Habitat for Humanity, or assisting in the back office of a local non-profit, there are benefits beyond money that come from volunteering. Apart from just the positive feeling of sowing good actions into a cause you believe in and the ...
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    Don't Underestimate the Importance of Company Culture

    Don't Underestimate the Importance of Company Culture
    Landing a great job involves more than interviewing well, getting an offer and earning a paycheck. While it's the interviewer's responsibility to assess your skills and experience, it's up to you to determine whether a particular employer is aligned with your core values and beliefs. Working at a company with values inconsistent with yours is stressful, unrewarding, even depressing at times. ...
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    Dealing With Difficult Customers: The Basics

    Dealing With Difficult Customers: The Basics
    The dreaded difficult customer — you know them as soon as they walk in the door. It’s in their stance, the look on their face, their tone of voice and general body language. The arrival of a difficult customer, though, does not have to spoil your whole day. There are ways to deal with difficult customers that can not only diffuse ...
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    Would You Accept a Job Offer if Employees Before You Left It?

    Would You Accept a Job Offer if Employees Before You Left It?
    "A HIPs for the unwary job seeker. The ‘JIP’ would be a dossier given to all candidates shortlisted for a job." Would you accept the offer of a new job if you knew that three members of the team you were joining had all left their posts within six months? Or if you were aware that bullying was rife? What if ...
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    Lying on the Employment Resume

    Lying on the Employment Resume
    Ever wanted to just erase your inglorious past as a Denny’s server and forget that unfortunate plate-smashing incident that got you fired? Have dreams of starting over as an advertising executive at a posh design firm? But you just don’t seem to have any actual advertising experience. Okay, maybe you’d be more of a success as a chef. After all, you’re ...
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    Must Have Skills to Get Ahead as an Administrative Assistant: Social Skills

    Must Have Skills to Get Ahead as an Administrative Assistant: Social Skills
    From JEM's "Must Have Skills to Get Ahead as an Administrative Assistant (Part 1 of 2)" Social Skills As you likely know, the administrative assistant market can be especially competitive. To get an edge, get ahead and propel your career (and your manager’s career) forward, you have to master certain skills. In my mind, the most important skills for any administrative ...
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    Interview: Q&A with an Office Manager

    Interview: Q&A with an Office Manager
    Name: Cecilia Forbes Title: Practice Administrator Location: Escondido, CA Years Career Experience: 5-6 years as a Dental Assistant; 20+ years as an Office Manager Background, Education and Training: Vocational dental assistant's program; ongoing continuing education related to Office Manager's position in my office. AdminSecret: How did you get into the field and into your current position? Cecilia Forbes: I was working ...
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    How Admins Can Network

    How Admins Can Network
    There may be less than six degrees of separation between you and what you want from the workplace, whether it’s a new job or new skills. But you’ll never know if you don’t make the right connections. So get out there and start networking. These tips will help admins leverage their connections into a broader pool of people who can help ...
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    COBRA: Tips for Manipulating the System Legally

    COBRA: Tips for Manipulating the System Legally
    In my continuing series on being laid off, I thought I would talk about what I’ve learned about COBRA. h4. *What Is COBRA?* COBRA (named for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act which governs it’s administration) is the system to retain your group health insurance after you leave a company. You always have COBRA rights regardless of why you were dismissed ...
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    The Behavioral Interview: Tell Me About A Time When...

    The Behavioral Interview: Tell Me About A Time When...
    By Carole Martin | MonsterAs soon as you hear the words, "Tell me about a time when...," you should be aware that your interviewer is probably using a behavioral interviewing technique. This technique uses your past experiences and behaviors as an indicator of your future success. In other words, if you can demonstrate through examples that you accomplished something before, the ...
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    10 Best and Worst Bosses: Which One Do You Have?

    We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped his toenails at his desk. Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. Different leadership styles can lead to different results for each employee. But certain styles seem to be good or ...
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    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About

    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About
    Human Resources. A real department of mysteries. Are they your advocate? How do they really decide if you're right for the job? And why can't you ever get a straight answer out of them? A lot goes on behind the closed cubicles of HR. Curious? Take a peek at a few insider secrets about how HR really functions to better understand ...
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    The Double Standard Dilemma

    The Double Standard Dilemma
    Let's face it ladies. The fight’s not fair in the business world. We may be picking away at the salary gap but we still only earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And despite filling more seats at business school, fewer than 3 percent of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women. So how does bias ...
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    How to Climb the Corporate Ladder

    How to Climb the Corporate Ladder
    Who doesn't think about getting that promotion? We all want to be our own boss someday, but before we can rule the hive, we have to tough it out as a lowly worker bee. These days, moving up is less like climbing a ladder and more like picking your way through a maze. There are many ways you can move your ...
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    What to Ask When Investigating Potential Employers

    What to Ask When Investigating Potential Employers
    Research is a critical part of the job search process. It can help you identify companies that may be hiring in your field, focus your job search on employers whose values and expectations meet yours, or prepare yourself for a scheduled job interview. Get started. If you're just beginning your job search, visit the Employer Locator to identify and get contact ...
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    Medical Secretary Cover Letter Dos and Don'ts

    Medical Secretary Cover Letter Dos and Don'ts
    First impressions count in the job search, and that's why a dynamite cover letter can mean the difference between success and failure. But what makes a dazzling cover letter? Several career experts share their advice. Get to the Point State the purpose of your letter in the first paragraph. Small talk is generally a waste of space. "Most of the cover ...
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