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    20 Career Lessons from Celebrities

    Celebrities. We love to hate them. We also love to watch their every move, laugh at their mistakes and scrutinize their decisions. Like them or not, their celebrity status means not only have they achieved career success, they’ve also got a hell of a lot to lose. And sometimes, whatever actions have helped catapult them to fame or rendered them ...
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    Make Money in Your Sleep: Your Guide to Passive Income

    Make Money in Your Sleep: Your Guide to Passive Income
    by Dawn Yerger As a mother and a business woman working for herself, I’ve always been fascinated with people who make money every minute of the day, including when they are fast asleep. Sounds pretty nice doesn’t it? Since I am an entrepreneur and business professional coach, I enjoy helping my clients create more freedom in their lives. One of the ...
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    What If a Potential Employer Wants to See Your Facebook Page?

    What If a Potential Employer Wants to See Your Facebook Page?
    I recently heard about an individual applying for a job who was asked by the hiring manager to bring up his Facebook page. The individual was shocked, but did so because he wasn’t sure how to refuse. What would you do if this happened to you? Does an employer even have the right to ask this, especially when Facebook is supposed ...
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    Keeping Your Online Identity Professional

    Keeping Your Online Identity Professional
    Facebook recently started a new group called the “six degrees of separation”. An ambitious undertaking, the leader asked each participant to send a group notice to everyone in his or her contact list in order to determine if it was possible to contact every single person on Facebook (over 30 million viewers) with six or fewer connections. I am not sure ...
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    Getting Started as a Virtual Assistant

    Getting Started as a Virtual Assistant
    Now that you have been introduced to this amazing opportunity, I’m sure you’re really excited about all of the possibilities. You can see yourself working diligently from your home office (in your jeans and t-shirt if you like!), on projects you enjoy, with clients you love and having complete control over your life and schedule. And maybe you’ve thought, “Yes, I ...
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    The Successful Sales Conversation for VAs

    The Successful Sales Conversation for VAs
    Last week we discussed how to enroll new clients by using a solid follow-up system. I wanted to save this portion especially for this week. See, there is a small gap between having an interested prospect and enrolling that person as a new client. That gap is an easy one to bridge. This article will provide you with the knowledge and ...
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    Giving Your Old Employer a Second Chance

    Giving Your Old Employer a Second Chance
    Amy Andrews has a great post on my friend Chris Russell’s Secrets of the Job Hunt blog on how to decide whether you should return to your old company. In my days at Edelman, we used to call these people members of the “Comeback Club" or "Boomerangers." Here’s what Amy has to say: Organizations thrive on change. Just because you lost ...
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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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    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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    Handling Conflicting Priorities

    Handling Conflicting Priorities
    Do you ever feel like you’re caught in a game of tug-0-war….and you’re the rope? These days, supporting multiple managers is the norm more than the exception, and it isn’t uncommon to receive conflicting priorities from the various managers you support. It is imperative to learn to manage conflicting priorities as an Administrative or Executive Assistant. Because you know what? You’re ...
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    6 Ways to Free Yourself From Overcommitment

    6 Ways to Free Yourself From Overcommitment
    As a professional organizer, if there’s one source of stress I see over and over again with clients, friends and business associates alike, it’s overcommitment. To truly simplify and regain control of your life, a realistic time management plan, free from overcommitment, is a must. It’s that simple. There’s just one problem. To prevent overcommitting, you have to learn to say ...
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    How to Avoid a Layoff

    How to Avoid a Layoff
    As the jobless rate continues to rise, few are exempt from layoff jitters. Downsizing, re-organization, a shift in strategy — whatever you want to call it — can make going to work seem like a game of musical chairs. But there are some proactive measures you can take to ensure you're not left standing at the end of the round. ...
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    Best Cities to Earn More

    Best Cities to Earn More
    Despite the gloomy economy and bleak job outlook, there are scattered cities where wages are rising and the number of jobs is increasing. Washington, DC, and several parts of Texas top the list, but cities as far apart as Anchorage and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continued to experience job and wage growth at the end of last year, according to Bureau ...
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    How Do You Write a Cover Letter with No Info?

    How Do You Write a Cover Letter with No Info?
    I get notes in my inbox every day, but this one stood out — so I decided to give it a little extra attention! If you've got a question you'd like to ask me, feel free to send it to info@adminsecret.com. Due to volume I can't always get to every question, but I'll do my best to send you a quick ...
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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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    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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    What We Can't Teach You, Part II: Manners

    What We Can't Teach You, Part II: Manners
    Having manners is something that we won’t be able to teach you… you know, things like: “Please” “Thank You” “Excuse Me” “I’d appreciate it…” And… “Your Welcome” Manners, if you’re lucky, were instilled in you at a very early age by your parents or another adult figure in your life. Manners are important and in the working world, especially the world ...
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    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter

    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter
    The resume was impressive. The formatting was impeccable, the content was excellent, and she did a great job of focusing on accomplishments instead of job duties. If I were an employer, I would have been impressed. Then I looked at her cover letter and imagined the employer tossing that perfect resume into the trash bin. Many people looking for jobs destroy ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    Can Looking Too Young Hurt Your Career?

    Can Looking Too Young Hurt Your Career?
    Pamela LaTulippe still recalls the day 10 years ago when she walked into a client's office and got a stinging reminder that she looked much younger — and to some, less credible — than her 25 years. "The general manager looked at me, and the first thing he said was, 'How old are you?'" says LaTulippe. "I didn't answer with my ...
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