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    When Admins Mess Up: 4 Steps To Control the Damage

    When you’re an admin, there are countless ways to make mistakes that can embarrass or even damage you or your boss. Just a few examples: In a hurry, you do the math in your head and get it wrong. You misplace a document or lose track of a critical order for office supplies. You botch arrangements for a meeting or for ...
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    Job-Offer Evaluation Checklist

    Job-Offer Evaluation Checklist
    Evaluating job offers can be unsettling, especially if you have only a vague idea of what you want from employers. You'll have to do a personal-needs assessment before you can judge whether an offer is right for you. Here's a three-step process for developing your own job-offer-evaluation checklist. List the Basics These are the things without which you cannot even contemplate ...
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    Where Does Your State Rank for Administrative Salaries?

    Where Does Your State Rank for Administrative Salaries?
    Compare your salary with other admins in your state and across the country. Below are the listings for the average salaries across all 50 states according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, are you being paid fairly? Note: The National average salary for administrative assistants is $40,700. The Top Ten 1. New Jersey Avg Salary: $51,100 2. Washington, D.C. Avg ...
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    Top Ten Highest-Paying States for Admins

    Top Ten Highest-Paying States for Admins
    Below is listed the top ten highest annual salaries for Administrative Assistants across the country according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Is your state on the list? Furthermore, are you being paid fairly? Compare your state with all fifty states in Where Does Your State Rank for Administrative Salaries? Note: The National average salary for administrative assistants is $40,700. 1. New ...
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    How Effective Is Your E-Newsletter?

    How Effective Is Your E-Newsletter?
    So you've launched your e-mail newsletter. Is it working? Do your customers and prospects get value from it - and are they more likely to buy from you as a result? Is it really worth your time? The great thing about e-mail marketing is that everything is trackable - your e-newsletter reporting will help answer these questions. Most e-mail marketing solutions ...
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    Sample Resume for an Office Assistant

    To be the successful job candidate in any field, it helps to have a comprehensive resume. View our sample resume for an office assistant here (PDF format).
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    Avoid Work-at-Home Job Scams

    Avoid Work-at-Home Job Scams
    Who wouldn't want to work from home on a part-time basis and earn thousands of dollars a month? It's an offer millions of people can't or don't refuse. Unfortunately, some of these folks eventually regret having done business with a so-called work-at-home employer. "It's hard to distinguish legitimate work-at-home programs from people who are just out to get your money," says ...
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    Seven Things You Must Do in an Interview

    When you are looking to make the Big Leap—the one that puts you closer to the power centers of a business or organization—the interview process will likely be different from what you've experienced before. The more senior the person or people you're interviewing with, the more definite their ideas are likely to be about what they're looking for. They know ...
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    Networking Faux Pas

    Networking Faux Pas
    After two decades of running the world’s largest networking organization, I've certainly seen a lot of networking faux pas. I’ve put together a few of the most glaring blunders in networking etiquette I’ve seen over the years that you should avoid. Faux Pas #1: Not responding quickly to referral partners This one really troubles me. I can't imagine getting a call ...
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    The Workplace: Making Bold Moves in Tough Times

    The Workplace: Making Bold Moves in Tough Times
    How do you get ahead on the job when the labor market is crumbling? Michael Donaldson, an entertainment lawyer and author of Fearless Negotiating (McGraw-Hill; $16.95), says workers often have more power than they think they do, even in tough times. Personal Finance Editor Lauren Young asked Donaldson for negotiating tips. What kind of leverage do employees have at a time ...
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    Make-or-Break Interview Mistakes

    Make-or-Break Interview Mistakes
    Some people go into human resources thinking that it's like social work. Here's a news flash for anyone who thinks in those terms: If you're the kind of person who wants to adopt every stray kitten and advise every needy person you meet, you may want to find a different profession. The plain truth is that HR people have limits on ...
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    How Your Home Business Can Avoid a Tax Audit

    How Your Home Business Can Avoid a Tax Audit
    Q: I operate a small business out of my house. The thought of a potential IRS audit makes me lose sleep at night. Is there anything I can do to eliminate or reduce my chances of being audited? —J.C., San Leandro, Calif. A: There's no reason for an honest business owner to lose sleep worrying about a tax audit. Even if ...
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    6 Reasons to Run From a Job Interview

    6 Reasons to Run From a Job Interview
    Job seekers have issues to keep them up at night. They worry that the beautifully crafted cover letters they're sending off won't be read and that plum jobs will go to less deserving candidates. They worry that their résumés don't showcase their shining accomplishments well enough to command the six-figure offers they're hoping for. If they're job hunting while working, they ...
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    Understanding Communication Styles

    Understanding Communication Styles
    People have vastly diverse communication styles, and not all are compatible. That is, how one says something may not be the best way to communicate to a person or group. Or you may hear what someone says, but not necessarily what they mean. Basically, everyone may interpret the same message in very different ways, possibly resulting in conflict or failure of ...
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    How to Win Tough Conversations at Work

    How to Win Tough Conversations at Work
    Anyone who works in business knows that getting the most out of employees, vendors, and customers requires having uncomfortable conversations and dealing with problems head on. Workers also know that putting off such conversations will often make problems worse. Think about the behaviors you might need to address at your company: the employee who always has an excuse for showing up ...
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    7 Things You Must Do Before Leaving Your Job

    7 Things You Must Do Before Leaving Your Job
    Or "The pronouns you use can reveal a lot about where your head is" One of my co-workers told me that I was already using "we" and "us" when referring to my new employer. I am physically still in my current job, but my mind is already on my new one. How do you keep focussed on your current job when ...
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    Home-Based Business Dos and Don'ts

    Suggestions to Help Home-Based Businesses Compete The success of home-based businesses across the country proves you don't need to operate out of a commercial space to attract clients. You just have to show that you can deliver. What steps can home-based startups take to project an image of competence and credibility? Here are 10 suggestions. [page] Emphasize the Value You ...
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    5 Tips for Increasing Your Hireability EQ

    5 Tips for Increasing Your Hireability EQ
    Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to deal effectively with other people and their feelings as well as your own. In job hunting, a high EQ can produce a successful interview and ultimately a job offer. Unlike your intelligence quotient (IQ), which is genetically predetermined, you can increase your EQ through awareness. And EQ may be as much a predictor of ...
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    To Expand Your Business, Go Home

    To Expand Your Business, Go Home
    Plenty of Web entrepreneurs start their ventures at home and move into commercial spaces only when they expand. Unity Stoakes and Steven H. Krein did it backwards. They ditched their office space in midtown Manhattan a year after founding OrganizedWisdom, a health search engine vetted by physicians, and sent their staff of nine to work from home. And after more than ...
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    Reinventing Careers

    Reinventing Careers
    Pamela Mitchell is an expert in the world of career change. She's founder and CEO of the Reinvention Institute, an organization that provides coaching, products, and a community that helps successful professionals transform their careers. Her firm also consults with innovative businesses who want to create "reinvention retention" programs that keep high-performing talent within the organization. I recently spoke with Pamela ...
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