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    What to Capitalize in a Title

    This article will help you never forget what words are capitalized in a title. I love being an admin, but technicalities when it comes to writing and words were never my thing. After winning my 2nd grade spelling bee, it all went downhill from there. Unfortunately, overlooking seemingly trivial details doesn't cut it for a top admin. You must be ...
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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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    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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    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail

    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail
    Like many forms of communication, e-mail is no less susceptible to the vagaries of shorthand, slang, jargon and plain silliness Think before you press send. It’s all too easy to bombard the people around you with a continuous stream of thought-bites via email. Whether you’re an office newbie or you have simply fallen into bad e-habits, it’s time to take stock ...
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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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    The Art of Minute-Taking

    The Art of Minute-Taking
    Minute taking is an art! Anyone who is good at it is to be commended. I have never had to take minutes, but I almost did many years ago. My boss came to my desk and told me he needed me to take minutes for a meeting. I was not aware of the meeting so I wasn't prepared. I started to ...
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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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    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors

    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors
    Business documents rife with typos can undermine your professional reputation, not to mention that of your company. That's why admins should have a good working knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as the ability to catch mistakes before someone else does. Catching your own errors can be challenging. But with a little practice, you can reduce your margin of ...
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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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    Correspond Like A Pro

    Correspond Like A Pro
    As the number of emails increase, it seems that the level of professional correspondence has decreased. Tacky notes, mis-spelled words, sentences that drone on and on -- you've probably seen it all, as have I. But never forget that people judge you by whatever means you interact with them. That includes notes, phone messages, and yes, the ubiquitous email. Here are ...
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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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    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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    Ten Ways Admins Can Make the Boss Look Good

    Ten Ways Admins Can Make the Boss Look Good
    What is the measure of an administrative professional? Some would say it’s all about helping your manager do his job well, AKA making your boss look good. With that in mind, we asked professionals who have been on both sides of the relationship what admins can do to help their bosses shine as brightly as possible. Here are their top 10 ...
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    Auto Signatures in E-mail

    Auto Signatures in E-mail
    Do you have an "auto signature" set up in your e-mail? If you don't, here are a few reasons you may want to consider setting one up. If you already have one set up, see if it's as complete as you may want it to be. Good auto signatures are a sign of professionalism. It's the polish at the end of ...
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    Going Checklist Crazy

    Going Checklist Crazy
    I am organizing a Board meeting and I have checklists and to-do lists coming out of my ears. I'm sure my assistant must think I am the Checklist and To-Do List Queen. Making a List, Checking it Twice The Board meeting I am preparing for is a two-day event and I don't want to forget anything that I need to do ...
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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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    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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    Guidelines For Texting Your Boss

    Guidelines For Texting Your Boss
    While perusing the many blogs that I follow, I saw this blog post on LifeHacker about the etiquette of texting your boss. It started me thinking about how much technology has changed during my career and how we respond to it as Administrative and Executive Assistants. Using text messages is a good example of technology that we can embrace. Like all ...
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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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    Resolve Office Conflicts

    Resolve Office Conflicts
    When the going gets tough, your coworkers can be the first to get on your last nerve. Whether it's due to on-the-job pressures, stress at home, familiarity or just proximity, when you're feeling hot under the collar, it's often your coworkers who wind up feeling the heat - whether they actually deserve it or not. So the next time you're ready ...
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