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Email is an important task for most office professionals and business people. It can also be a very time-consuming one. While spending a certain amount of time on email is unavoidable, this is also an area where you can lose valuable time, in the form of time wasted on messages that are too long or ineffective.
A rule of marketing is that each message, correspondence or other content should have one main “call to action” or directive. In other words, you should only ask the reader to do one thing—and that should be obvious. Otherwise, they may get distracted by relatively minor stuff and skip the most important thing you wanted them to do.
The same thing goes with email. If your email is too wordy or covers too many topics, the most important thing could get buried—and...Read More »
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- Infographic: How to Find Motivation [Lifehack]
- How to Use Facebook to Land a Job Interview [Jobacle]
- Office Supplies Ranked [Lifehacker]
- Steps to Being More Fearless in Your Career [Forbes]
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Just because the weather is warmer does not mean that professionalism should take a vacation. Vicky Oliver, author of The Millionaire’s Handbook: How to Look and Act Like a Millionaire, Even If You’re Not, offers these suggestions for showing potential employers that you’re ready to work in any season:
Tone down your nails.
“Everywhere these days we see women with four nails on one hand in one shade and one nail in another shade, often adorned with sparkles, fake diamonds, and other ‘nail jewels.’ This is TOO creative for most office environments. You don't want your interviewer to be mesmerized more by your fingertips than by what comes out of your mouth.”
Cover yourself up...Read More »
Has this ever happened to you? A great idea pops into your head during a meeting. You’re just about ready to share it with the group, but then you stop yourself because your brain starts playing the doubting game – I’m not important enough to contribute; people might laugh or think I’m stupid; I’m probably wrong.
While it is easy to let excuses hold you back, speaking up can help your career, make others perceive you as competent, and enhance feelings of worth. As career coach Joel Garfinkle notes in his book Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level, “Stop overthinking and delaying what you want to say. Stop being fearful; instead, trust in yourself. Have confidence in your...Read More »
We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for an assistant to the president at The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), a growing organization of 1,400 member companies.
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, this position involves project management and other business skills to assist the President/CEO and COO in effectively running the association.
Job duties include coordinating all administrative matters for the President/CEO including managing travel and office schedules, composing correspondence and emails, and managing the budget. Will also assist the President/CEO with the NAMIC Board, committees and other...Read More »
- Your Employer is Probably Watching You [CNBC]
- Three Ways to Get Unstuck in Your Career [WSJ]
- What to Do When You’re Getting Nothing Done [CBS News]
- 7 Things That Can Help You Work Better [Lifehack]
- Six Signs You Should Quit Your Job [US News]
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While administrative assistants have been a vital part of office life for decades, most modern-day pros perform duties quite different from their historical counterparts. As this article notes, tighter budgets and pared-down staffs are forcing employers to redistribute responsibilities. Many admins find themselves assuming some managerial duties. Others become the office’s go-to person for tech issues. From researching and writing proposals to handling the company’s Facebook page, admins are frequently being called upon to stretch themselves.
According to a recent...Read More »
While job candidates often spend a great deal of time worrying about how they appear to interviewers, smart applicants should realize that the selection process begins way before the formal conversation. As this article notes, treating an administrative assistant correctly could be the difference between a job offer and a pass.
Why does the opinion of a receptionist or other admin matter? Employers are increasingly putting an emphasis on how well a new hire will fit in with company culture. Administrative professionals are well-acquainted with office dynamics and can be keen judges of which prospects would thrive and which would not work out.
Also, interviewers are well-...Read More »
In a perfect world, we would all be at the top of our game every single day—and would totally impress our boss and co-workers alike. But let’s face it, in the real world none of us are at 100% every day. There will inevitably be days when you are worn out, distracted or just not feeling capable of giving your best effort. Often this will cause us to feel like we have “foggy brain” syndrome, where we are walking around in a daze.
Unfortunately, we can’t afford to just sit there in a trance for the whole day (or until our brain gets out of its fog), so we have to find ways to function anyway. This article shares a few tips.
First,...Read More »
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- Worst Work Habit: Compulsive Email Checking [CBS news]
- Tips for Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety [Psychology Today]
- Is Working from Home Productive? [Lifehack]
- Style Strategy for Work [Forbes]
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