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    When and How to Reveal Your Disability

    Sarah Smith (not her real name) had just been diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Both diseases can be debilitating and are known to worsen in times of extreme stress. Yet when Smith was applying for a teaching position, she didn't mention her illness during the interview. "My husband and I really wanted to move from Fort Lauderdale to North Carolina ...
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    Flaunt your Foreign Language Fluency in the Interview

    Mastering a foreign language while you're in college can help you land your first job after graduation. Just ask Lauren Mehler. Mehler, 21, recently graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in political science and minors in Italian and history. She'll soon start her new job as a marketing associate at Minneapolis-based General Mills, the international food marketer that's home to ...
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    Making a Low GPA a Non-Issue

    Does your grade point average really give prospective employers an accurate picture of your abilities and potential? You may want to shout, "No!" And many people would agree with you. There's no point debating whether employers should judge candidates by their GPA. Right or wrong, employers will judge you by it. So if your GPA is lower than you'd like, you've ...
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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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    Flaunt Your Language Skills in the Interview

    Flaunt Your Language Skills in the Interview
    Are you bilingual or multilingual? Whether English is your first or second language, your linguistic skills make you valuable in the workforce. In fact, companies that recognize and reward such abilities with extra pay tend to have better retention and satisfaction rates among workers than companies that remain neutral. If your employer falls into the latter group, don't be shy about ...
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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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    How to Avoid Career Derailment

    Whenever clients tell me their careers have been derailed, I begin by asking questions. If downsizing isn't a factor, derailment can usually be traced to their failure to notice one or more red flags in their initial job interviews. Knowing this, I ask whether the following five topics were discussed in their interviews. Why? Because interviews aren't just about securing offers, ...
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    Six Must-Ask Interview Questions for Admins

    Interviewing can be a gut-wrenching process. Most books on how to interview list hundreds of questions you need to be ready to answer, but few talk about the questions you need to ask. Take more control at your next interview by asking some pointed questions of your own. Here are six must-ask questions and why you should know the answers. 1. ...
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    STEP 1: Research the Medical Secretary Field

    STEP 1: Research the Medical Secretary Field
    Don’t look before you leap — be sure you have an understanding of what medical secretaries really do to see if there’s a good career for you. Luckily for you, AdminSecret has done the research. Read these real-life testimonies of medical secretaries to get a true perspective on what it's all about. Today’s Medical Admin Even with computerized appointment programs and ...
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    STEP 4: Look for Medical Secretary Jobs and Apply

    STEP 4: Look for Medical Secretary 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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    STEP 3: Get the Education and Skills You Need

    STEP 3: Get the Education and Skills You Need
    Congratulations! You’ve decided to enter an exciting and rewarding field. To get the most out of yourself and your job, employers and experts suggest you pursue the right degree. First, without question, you need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. This will ensure you have the basic grammar, reading, and typing skills to qualify for a medical secretary ...
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    STEP 2: Decide If Becoming a Medical Secretary is Right for You

    STEP 2: Decide If Becoming a Medical Secretary is Right for You
    All 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 a medical secretary is the best fit for you, take an honest look at yourself and ask (and answer!) the following questions: Do you like the environment of a hospital or a ...
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    5 Steps to Becoming a Medical Secretary

    5 Steps to Becoming a Medical Secretary
    You want to start a career in the medical field, you like to support doctors and nurses, and you are naturally friendly and helpful. Obviously you're thinking about becoming a medical secretary. But where do you start? We've got the best step-by-step guide out there to take you from dream to reality. STEP 1: Research the Field STEP 2: Decide if ...
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    Asking the Right Questions in the Interview

    At some point during most interviews, the potential employer turns the reins over to you, and asks if you have any questions. What you ask can help you land the job. The right questions are like a self-portrait showing you're a smart, savvy, think-ahead kind of person. Here's how to paint that picture: 1. Ask the interviewer to talk about everyone's ...
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    The Crafty Interview Strategy

    The Crafty Interview Strategy
    When searching for a new job, dealing with prospective employers is stressful enough: the numerous rejections before you get to yes, grueling interviews, tense salary negotiations and more. But add the almost universal need to conceal your job search - especially the interviews - from your present employer, and the result distracts many job seekers from preparing for interviews and even ...
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    Networking - Not Once or Twice But Constantly

    A chance comment from a VA on a forum during the week prompted me to think about the message they were conveying. They gave the impression that they only networked now and then for their business when they ran out of work, but not often otherwise. Before I started my business I had been attending seminars and events for personal and ...
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    STEP 5: Become Indispensable

    STEP 5: Become Indispensable
    Congratulations! You’ve gotten the job. Now you need to prove they can’t live without you. How? Embrace your role as the hub of the office, wear many hats, and take on various responsibilities in an organization. Every successful administrative assistant must have the following qualities: Be Trustworthy: You know your bosses and your organization better than anyone. The people you support ...
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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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    STEP 3: Get the Education and Skills You Need

    STEP 3: Get the Education and Skills You Need
    Congratulations! You’ve decided to enter an exciting and rewarding field. To get the most out of yourself and your job, employers and experts suggest you pursue the right degree. First, without question, you need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. This will ensure you have the basic grammar, reading, and typing skills to qualify for a legal secretary ...
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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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