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    The Beginner's Guide to Social Media Success

    Getting connected online is practically a requirement these days. It's the latest way to make new friends, stay in touch, and — best of all — network. And with HR departments adding social media recruiting to their repertoire, it's also a great way to get a job! But jumping online isn't as easy as you might think. If you're going ...
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    Exercise Your Organizing Muscles

    Exercise Your Organizing Muscles
    Last fall I decided it was time to try something new. I needed a change of pace and a little bit of “me time” each week. I had wanted to give yoga a try for quite some time because I had heard many great things about the benefits of yoga…relaxation, flexibility, strength and so on. So, back in September, I decided ...
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    Office Supplies an Administrative Assistant Needs at Their Desk

    Office Supplies an Administrative Assistant Needs at Their Desk
    Let’s face it, as executive and administrative assistants, we never seem to have enough space in our desk to keep everything we need. Space always seems to be at a minimum. It’s hard to keep everything we need handy and still keep our desks looking neat and organized. So what exactly do we need to keep either on our desk or ...
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    4 Tips to Handle a Sabotaging Coworker

    4 Tips to Handle a Sabotaging Coworker
    We all like to think of our coworkers as friends, but what happens when you become the target of a coworker's dirty politics? Here are some strategies that can help you keep the peace without losing your edge, shared by fellow soldiers on the office wars' front lines. Take Precautions It is wise to have some good measures in place to ...
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    Furnish Your Office in Style (Cheap!)

    Furnish Your Office in Style (Cheap!)
    Maximize space and improve communication with the right systems furniture in your office. Equipping your employees with the right equipment can do wonders to improve communication, productivity and morale. The same applies to their work environment. Systems furniture can help you deliver the appropriate space to meet your staff's needs. Systems furniture consist of multiple parts that can be configured to ...
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    10 Tricks to Telecommuting Success

    In a century where convenience is the standard form of measurement, telecommuting is growing in popularity. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2005, more than 11 million people worked from home — that's about 8 percent of the U.S. population! And what's not to love about telecommuting? When you can work from the comfort of your home, skip commuter ...
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    8 Ways to Influence People

    8 Ways to Influence People
    You know, the way in which we behave as managers and the approach we take, will most definitely have a marked effect on our ultimate success or failure - sounds obvious? Having a range of approaches and styles of behavior gives us more flexibility. It increases our options – and our chances of success. Natural Styles Most managers have a natural ...
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    10 Body Language Blunders

    It doesn't even matter what you say if your body is saying something else. And sometimes body language mistakes people don't even know they're making can hurt relationships at work or at home. To protect yourself and your career from a harmful communication breakdown, check out the following mistakes and be sure to avoid them. 1. A Closed Body Whether ...
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    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make
    Professional writers often worry that their work is unnecessary. After all, can't anyone with even a basic education write? The answer: no, they can't. Even college graduates don't seem to be learning composition basics. Of course not everyone is going to be the next Mark Twain, but career success does depend on looking professional. Sure, some clients, coworkers, or resume readers ...
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    Fight or Flight? Dealing with a Difficult Colleague!

    Fight or Flight? Dealing with a Difficult Colleague!
    Have you had or are in a situation where your colleague is making your life miserable? I have been in these types of jobs a few times in the past and let me tell you, it’s no laughing matter. A reader recently asked me this question: Saw your web page and felt that I want your take on my situation. First ...
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    On the Job Tips for New Admins

    On the Job Tips for New Admins
    Based on lessons I picked up over the years either from other administrative assistants, my bosses or from trial and error. Here are my top six things I would recommend you do well as a new administrative assistant: 1. Write it down When your boss asks you to do something, write it down, send yourself an e-mail reminder or put it ...
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    Top 10 Things College Taught Us About Life

    1. Dorms College is a time of extreme freedom but, let’s face it, not everything about college screams unfettered space. Students don’t usually have a lot of extra money and that means that their personal space is limited. In fact, the average college student has bunked down in a dorm room. According to the 2000 census, about 2 million students ...
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    A 12 Step Program to Survive as an Admin

    A 12 Step Program to Survive as an Admin
    AdminSecret knows it can be tough out there for an Admin. That's why we're higlighting this insightful survival guide from Patricia Robb, one of our favorite featured writers. Enjoy! My grandson has started walking. He turned 1 year old on October 8th and shortly after that he just took off. He has a unique way of walking. He takes about 12 ...
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    How To Really Be on Top of Things as an Administrative Assistant

    How To Really Be on Top of Things as an Administrative Assistant
    What’s the chief characteristic of being a great Administrative or Executive Assistant? It’s knowing everything, or at least seeming like you do. The best assistants are those that can aptly handle managing the boss’s calendar, sorting his mail and screening her calls without having to always stop and ask for information or permissions. But how do you get to that miraculous ...
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    Three Quick Tips to Clear the Way for Clutter-Free Holidays!

    Three Quick Tips to Clear the Way for Clutter-Free Holidays!
    The holidays are a clutter-full time of year! More items and activities come into our homes and lives during this season than any other season of the year. To make sure the clutter doesn’t inundate you this year, take simple actions now. You’ll be sure to enjoy a clutter-free holiday season! 1. De-clutter your kitchen. Before the season breezes in, lighten ...
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    Holiday Organizing with Buckets

    Holiday Organizing with Buckets
    You may recall that I love using buckets to organize and store things—it’s just one of my (uh, many) quirks. Lucky for me, the holiday season offers new opportunities to organize things with buckets (hooray!) and, it turns out, the holiday season also offers the opportunity for finding new buckets. Yesterday I discovered some new buckets on my way to an ...
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    Fortifying Food for Your Brain

    Fortifying Food for Your Brain
    Just knowing how to pronounce docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, should be a pretty good indicator of brain health, right? (Need some help? It's DOH-koh-sah-HEXXA-eh-NOH-ik.) It's enough to say "DHA," and good thing, since we'll probably be hearing more about this tongue twister as research emerges about the link between diet and dementia. When nutritionist Elizabeth Somer's mother developed Alzheimer's disease years ...
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    Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message

    Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message
    Are you going on vacation? Are you going to be out of the office for a short or even long period of time? Don’t forget to set up and turn on your “Out of Office Assistant” on Microsoft Outlook. It’s amazing of how many people actually forget to do this. You e-mail someone asking them a question or wanting to state ...
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    Business Etiquette 101

    Business Etiquette 101
    Introductions The proper way to make an introduction is to introduce a lower-ranking person to a higher-ranking person. For example, if your CEO is Mrs. Jones and you are introducing administrative assistant Jane Smith to her, the correct introduction would be "Mrs. Jones, I'd like you to meet Jane Smith." If you forget a person's name while making an introduction, ...
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    Snacking At Work? Healthy Or Junk?

    Snacking At Work? Healthy Or Junk?
    Do you snack at the office? Do you bring your own food or do you run down to the vending machine/convenience store to get something? Studies have shown that people start to gain weight on a slow, but regular basis because of this alarming trend. You think to yourself, "It's just one bag of chips" or "It's just one chocolate bar" ...
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