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    Action Phrases and Power Verbs

    Action Phrases and Power Verbs
    Describing your work experience isn't easy. To help you, we've compiled a list of action phrases and power verbs. The purpose of using them is to show employers that you know how to get results. Begin your job descriptions with a power verb or phrase: enlisted the support..., formed a committee..., sold, budgeted, improved, increased, maintained the client relationship. Power Verbs ...
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    Five Ways to Stay Organized

    Five Ways to Stay Organized
    Getting organized is on many a busy admin’s to-do list. But once you’ve set up systems to tame the clutter, staying organized can be a continual challenge. “You are always going in 10 different directions,” says admin-turned-author Jamie Novak, who wrote 1,000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets. “You are interrupted often, plus you need to keep everything at your fingertips, ...
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    World's 5 Best Business Travel Tips

    World's 5 Best Business Travel Tips
    Whether traveling for business is an everyday occurrence, an occasional hindrance, or a lifelong dream, all business travelers can agree that if your job calls for travel, then being an efficient traveler is a must. We’ve got the five tips that will make your time en-route more productive and less stressful. #1 Know Which Airlines Offer Premium Economy Why? Because if ...
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    Debunking Six Social Media Myths

    Debunking Six Social Media Myths
    For companies, resistance to social media is futile. Millions of people are creating content for the social Web. Your competitors are already there. Your customers have been there for a long time. If your business isn't putting itself out there, it ought to be. But before you take the plunge, bear in mind the many myths that surround social media. 1. ...
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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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    Trying to Organize Your Email? Keep it Simple

    Trying to Organize Your Email? Keep it Simple
    If you’re like most people I know, you have trouble managing your email. Maybe you can’t keep up with the dozens or hundreds of messages (yes, some people get hundreds) you receive each day. Perhaps you’re fed up with all those silly forwards from your uncle or coworker, or frustrated by the series of 12 back-and-forth emails it takes to set ...
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    PC Stress Busters: Word Shortcuts

    PC Stress Busters: Word Shortcuts
    Take the stress out of formatting and make Word work how you want it to, as well as reducing the risk of losing work if your system crashes due to a power failure. Watermarks. If you want to insert words such as Draft across every page, go to the Format menu| Background, Printed Watermark and complete the dialogue box as appropriate. ...
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    Welcome to AdminSecret!

    Welcome to AdminSecret!
    Hello and welcome to AdminSecret! AdminSecret is tailored to you — the modern, driven, multi-tasking, getting-the-impossible-done – administrative assistant. Whether you are a seasoned executive assistant or an aspiring admin, AdminSecret pulls together the career resources you need to make your job easier. We feature MS Office troubleshooting, booking business travel, resume essentials, expert job advice, salary and promotion guidance (just ...
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    Eight Ways to Take a Day for Yourself

    Even if you absolutely love your job you probably need a little mini-vacation from the office from time to time. You really, really could use a day off? Need a little bit of time to yourself for some much-needed rest and relaxation? Can’t bring yourself to be honest about it to your boss? Don't worry, we totally understand. It's important to ...
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    10 Ways You're Annoying Your Coworkers

    Everyone has something (or someone) that annoys him or her at work. It could be faulty equipment or coworkers who don’t pull their own weight. But nobody’s complaining about you, right? Not so fast. Even though your mom, friends, or significant other may worship the ground you walk on, there could be some people you work with who are far ...
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    Spam-Proof Your Inbox and Cellphone

    Spam-Proof Your Inbox and Cellphone
    Spam is the bane of computer users everywhere, accounting for more than 90% of e-mail. And now, cellphones are getting spam. There is no foolproof solution to spam, but you can banish most of it. *Use a good e-mail filter* Your first line of defense is a spam filter. Filters screen incoming messages; spam is killed before it hits your inbox. ...
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    8 Ways to Mind Your Office Manners

    8 Ways to Mind Your Office Manners
    It seems like there’s one in every office … one person who engages in baffling, inexplicable, or sometimes downright rude behavior. There’s the woman who talks on her cell phone in the bathroom every day, the man who microwaves noxious leftover fish, or the girl who leaves her personal papers on the copier glass. Work is the place where we spend ...
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    Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

    Constipated Clauses Reporting on the feats and foibles of the Red Sox, a writer for South Coast Today notes: "It goes without saying that these exploits take a tremendous amount of skill." If it "goes without saying" then don't say it. If it doesn't, in fact, go without saying, then don't say it does. "Obviously, the sky is blue." Putting ...
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    6 Ways to Ask for a Summer Vacation

    6 Ways to Ask for a Summer Vacation
    Feel like the four dreary walls of your cubicle are closing in on you? Time for a summer break! Whether it's a relaxing cruise, an exotic island getaway, or a sandy beach adventure, it's high time you got out of that lifeless cubicle and away from the dreariness of your nine-to-five office life. Worried your workload will keep you from some ...
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    Are We in the Budget?

    Are We in the Budget?
    A good question to ask your office manager or HR person would be, “Is there a budget for the administrative staff?” Here are some things that I have often wondered about, but was always afraid to ask: * -Is there a budget for education for the administrative staff? Some organizations have this in the employee benefit package. At some places I've ...
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    8 Sites to Help Businesses Network

    8 Sites to Help Businesses Network
    Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are at the top of the list when it comes to business networking, but we've found a few that specifically help out businesses trying to gain a foothold in the online marketing space. Here are 8 of our favorite contenders: 1. AdminSecret's Network: Share ideas, join groups, publish content and promote your business on AdminSecret's own network. ...
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    Website Maintenance Musts

    Website Maintenance Musts
    Recently, I was at the car dealership watching the mechanic work on my car, and suddenly a thought struck me: How many online business owners regularly check under the hood to make sure theirs websites are running smoothly? And even if you do perform frequent check-ups on your website, are you sure you're giving it a really thorough once-over? About once ...
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    Is Chaos The Norm In Your Workplace?

    Is Chaos The Norm In Your Workplace?
    In many ways, it is your job to be the calm in the middle of a storm. While the entire workplace may be in chaos, it’s up to the admin to know who needs to be where and when, locate all the necessary files and direct office communication. Needless to say, managing this chaos can be a challenge. Jennifer at Tips ...
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    Strategies for Booking Hotels on a Budget

    Strategies for Booking Hotels on a Budget
    NEW YORK — When the economy was booming, many hotel companies began building new properties. Some of those are opening now, resulting in a 2.5% increase in hotel room supply this year, just as demand is dropping by around 1% or more, according to Jan Freitag of Smith Travel Research. "We're going to see a substantial decline in occupancy this year," ...
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    Too Many Applications?

    Too Many Applications?
    Do you have too many applications open on your computer? Have you passed by a co-worker's desk and noticed that they have 20 different things running all at once? Believe it or not, this can lower productivity. You actually end up thinking that you are working harder, yet you are reducing your productivity by about 30%. That's quite a bit of ...
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