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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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The State of the Modern Lunch Break

Taking time midday to refresh and refuel can set the tone for a happier, more productive afternoon. According to a new survey by OfficeTeam (a staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals), however, workers vary on the length and use of this valuable time.

About half of the more than 400 office workers surveyed said their lunch break typically lasts 30 minutes or less, and about 10% of those do not take a break at all or spend less than 10 minutes. On the other end of the spectrum, 38 percent claim to take a full...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Landing a Job in Five Minutes

We’ve all heard that first impressions are crucial, and a new survey by CareerBuilder demonstrates just how quickly opinions get formed. Nearly half of employers said that they know within the first five minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good or a bad fit for the position, and 87 percent know within the first 15 minutes.

While some applicants make outrageous errors (taking out your teeth to talk about dental benefits is definitely not a great idea), the mistakes hirers say are...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Tech Tip: Numbers Spreadsheet App

Love them or hate them, if your job description involves spreadsheets, you probably would love to find a way to make the process more efficient—and also to enable you to work with these files on the go and share them with colleagues when needed.

That’s what the Numbers app is designed to help you do. This app (available for both the iPhone and iPad) opens up more possibilities for working with spreadsheets on a mobile device than you have probably ever known were possible. You can easily create detailed and impressive-looking spreadsheets even when using a small screen. With some simple fingertips commands, you can create spreadsheets that include a variety of elements including charts, graphs and other visual components. The latest update adds more options, including the...

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Productivity Tip: Establish a Power Hour

When you are contemplating your plan for the workday, the challenge of trying to remain at peak productivity the entire day can seem overwhelming. But being super-productive for an hour? That seems much more realistic. Not to mention, tasks that you may not particularly enjoy become a bit more tolerable if you know you will only need to spend an hour on them.

So prioritize your tasks, and plan to dedicate a full hour to giving those your best efforts. If possible, block this time off on any inner-office calendars so people will know you are unavailable. Then, follow through and do your part by completely focusing on those important tasks during this period and avoiding anything that might distract you.

You should ideally try to schedule this hour for a time of day when...

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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Job Search:  Unusual Ways to Blow an Interview

The next time you stumble over a word in an interview or accidentally forget to turn off your cell phone, take heart – most interviewers have seen much worse. CareerBuilder recently asked more than 2,200 hiring managers and human resource professionals to share the most outrageous mistakes candidates have made during a job interview; here are some of their scary real-life examples:

  • Applicant arrived in a jogging suit because he was going running after the interview
  • Applicant warned the interviewer that she “took too much valium” and didn’t think her interview was...
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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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How Many Ways Can You Say “Happy Thesaurus Day”?

Tomorrow (January 18) is Thesaurus Day, an occasion marking the birthday of Peter Roget of Roget’s Thesaurus fame. While Mr. Roget would be amazed, astonished, surprised, and flabbergasted to learn that most people no longer need to carry around his reference book, all good writers still can improve their work by finding interesting synonyms for common, overused words.

So when should you highlight a word and click on the “thesaurus” feature on your computer? Common instances include:

  • When you find yourself repeating the same word too often within a document (you know you can do better than saying “good” all the time)
  • When you can’t seem to find the right term to express what you really want to say
  • When you need to punch up a...
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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Featured Job Opportunity: Corporate Secretary at Hilton

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 corporate secretary at Hilton Worldwide.

Based in McLean, Virginia, this position provides key logistical, administrative and compliance support to the General Counsel and Secretary, including serving as a supplemental point of contact for the Board of Directors. This person coordinates the meetings and records of the Company’s Board of Directors, Committees and shareholders and is responsible for the preparation and filing of the Company’s Section 16 securities filings and for supervision of the team that maintains the Company’s domestic and international subsidiaries.

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