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    How Admins Can Develop Leadership Skills

    How Admins Can Develop Leadership Skills
    In today’s workplace, admins are expected to possess many skills that extend beyond computer know-how and teamwork. Among them are strong leadership abilities, which are now more important than ever. So how do you develop your inner leader? By embracing a handful of behaviors and attitudes proven leaders possess. Here’s how. Leaders Show Initiative The first step is being proactive, according ...
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    Successful Communication Begins With Self Awareness

    Successful Communication Begins With Self Awareness
    No matter where you work, who you work for, or how many people are on your team, good communication skills are vital to your success. Many conflicts on teams and issues with teamwork are directly linked to communication issues...or more accurately communication preferences. As a qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator administrator and trainer, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals ...
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    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job

    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job
    When I lost my job, the last thing I needed was a blank social calendar and empty bed. There’s only so much disappointment one girl can take. This modern-day Dorothy wanted to click her heels and have the perfect profession and pillow pal land right into her lap. Was that too much to ask? Maybe not. Monster contributing writer Nicole Williams ...
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    Ugly Ducklings Need Not Apply

    Ugly Ducklings Need Not Apply
    We’ve all probably heard it before — if you’re attractive you’re more likely to get the gig. Most of us tend to disregard this assumption and emphasize the importance of skills, experience and drive. If beauty trumped all, we think, then the world would be doomed. A civilized society focuses on good character not good looks, right? But what if we ...
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    Why It Pays to Follow Up in Your Job Search

    Why It Pays to Follow Up in Your Job Search
    Many job seekers miss the one step that can land them an interview and the job they are applying for. Sure, they send in their resume or application. They may even send additional information requested. But many of the unemployed simply fail to follow up with the employers to whom they apply. Why follow up? 1. Consideration. Care to guess how ...
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    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes

    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes
    This article first appeared on MonsterYour cover letter is the first thing employers see when they open your materials. Avoid these 10 mistakes, and make your first impression a good and lasting one. Mistake #1: Don't Overuse "I" Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. ...
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    Defusing the 5 Trickiest Workplace Situations

    Defusing the 5 Trickiest Workplace Situations
    The workplace can be a political minefield. While you may all work as a team, you're all most concerned with your own job, right? How your bosses see you can determine a raise, a promotion — or even if you keep your job. Navigating office politics is not an easy task, but avoiding potentially negative situations should be your first priority. ...
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    How to Change Bad Habits and Make Good Ones Stick

    How to Change Bad Habits and Make Good Ones Stick
    Habits can be both good AND bad. Smoking = bad habit; exercising = good habit; biting nails = bad habit; eating lots of greens = good habit… and the list goes on. I’m not writing this post to try and get you to quit all of your bad habits and start a bunch of good habits; nope, I’m not that guy ...
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    Work Blogger, Beware

    Work Blogger, Beware
    There are many reasons you might blog about your job. You may want to brag about your accomplishments, vent about your cheese-moving coworkers or sociopathic boss, reveal whom you caught with whom on the floor of the server closet or simply recount the day's events as a way of decompressing. Whatever your reasons, if you blog, you take on all the ...
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    Support Teams: All Admins, All the Time

    Support Teams: All Admins, All the Time
    As an administrative specialist on IBM's Principal Response Team (PRT) in Charlotte, North Carolina, Clara Sapienza doesn't work in front of the offices of any of the four principals she supports. She doesn't even work in the same city. All of her correspondence with her bosses - only two of whom she has met in person - is made via telephone, ...
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    Can Unrelated Jobs Really Hurt Your Resume?

    Can Unrelated Jobs Really Hurt Your Resume?
    Do you have a lot of unrelated jobs on your resume? Many job seekers — mostly young professionals and career changers — worry that having dissimilar work experience can hurt potential job prospects. But is having several unrelated jobs on your resume really an issue? According to interviewers and hiring managers, the answer is not really — especially if leaving it ...
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    Why You Aren't Getting Hired

    Why You Aren't Getting Hired
    Frustrated by unemployment? Job hunting is tricky business. Getting hired is a subtle mix of the right qualifications, enough experience, interview chemistry, and a dash of luck. Assuming you're making all the right moves and avoiding the really obvious job seeker mistakes, there are a few points to consider that could be your ticket out of unemployment. Get out of your ...
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    STEP 3: Be Worthy of a Promotion, Be an Excellent Admin

    STEP 3: Be Worthy of a Promotion, Be an Excellent Admin
    If you want to be promoted or have more control over your job responsibilities, there are additional things you can do to get positive attention. These extra efforts also can help you get promotions and performance increases, but of course your work will have to be good as well. Here are 10 tips to give you a leg up on the ...
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    Find Extra Money for the Holidays

    Find Extra Money for the Holidays
    It's never too early to start tracking down extra cash for holiday gifts. And if you plan in advance, not only will you save money, but you'll also avoid the big credit-card bills that can last long after the holidays are over. "It's a matter of planning ahead so you don't have a horrible surprise in January," says Donna Skeels Cygan, ...
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    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job

    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job
    When you’re young and the world is seemingly your oyster, going to a job fair sounds like a no-brainer. A bunch of companies looking to hire? and All in the same place? As long as you bring enough copies of your resume and pass them out to everyone, you’re certain to get a callback. Right? Not necessarily. Without the right approach, ...
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    Get a High-Paying Administrative Job

    Get a High-Paying Administrative Job
    Even with near-identical job descriptions, two administrative professionals can wind up earning very different salaries. Why the difference? Industry, geographical location and employer are big factors. Follow these tips to ensure you get the most buck for your work on payday. The Financial Industry "There is a hierarchy where support salaries are concerned," says Jennifer Star, copresident of the Jennifer Group, ...
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    The Accidental Career

    The Accidental Career
    The newest message in my in-box is a lot like the one I read 10 minutes ago—and plenty of others I have read recently. "Dear Liz," it begins, "I'm 48 years old and working as a director of [X] in a midsize company. I don't love the work, but I fell into my function through a series of events in my ...
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    Dealing with Unreasonable Requests

    Dealing with Unreasonable Requests
    You receive an email, among the many others that you receive each and every day. Your colleague or boss calls or comes up to you exactly 2 minutes later and asks if you've read it. You think to yourself, "What?!? Is this person crazy?!?" Has this ever happened to you? I am sure most of you are nodding your heads as ...
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    Best Practical Jokes Around the Office

    Best Practical Jokes Around the Office
    Chances are, at some point you've probably been the butt of a workplace practical joke, an instigator of one or at least a willing accomplice. What is it about workplaces that make them the perfect setting for these antics? Is it employees' desire to add something bright to institutional walls? The maze of cubicles that makes them go crazy and look ...
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    Workplace Humor Guide

    Workplace Humor Guide
    Work can be fun - really! To prove it, we’ve come up with this guide to humor at work, with everything from the business case for fun to best workplace pranks. Check out the silliness and add some humor to your workday! h4. *Workplace Humor Done Right* “The boss couldn’t find something she needed, so she hollered, ‘That does it! I ...
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