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It may not be a pleasant thing to contemplate, but we live in an era of layoffs, cutbacks and other risks to your career longevity. While many people believe there is no such thing as true job security anymore, there are some things you can do to increase your odds of staying in place for a while.
As this article says, the secret to surviving cutbacks is to be a star at work. Your goal is to stand out, in a good way. You want to make yourself so valuable to the operation that the boss cannot imagine doing without you. One way to do that is to be impressive at not only your official job, but anything else you can do to help keep things...Read More »
- Why You Learn More from Success than Failure [LinkedIn]
- 10 Career Lessons from Powerful Women [Forbes]
- How to Overcome Creative Blocks [Lifehack]
- 7 Elements of a Good Job [Jobacle]
- Tips for the Introverted Job Seeker [US News]
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Happy Administrative Professionals Day! In honor of the occasion, take a little break and test your knowledge of the industry with some fun questions:
In which state is the annual salary for administrative assistants the highest?
At $51,100, New Jersey is tops. Washington, D.C., is second at $47,760 and New York third at $47,180.
When the International Association of Administrative Professionals asked office pros to rate the worst and best bosses from TV and movies, which character was picked as the worst...Read More »
Whether promoting employee well-being, encouraging innovation, or recognizing contribution, companies that earn “best to work for” titles find ways to create a culture where individuals feel valued and energized. Here’s a look at some of the morale-boosting practices of companies on Fortune’s 2013 list:
- Google boasts a seven-acre sports complex with a roller hockey rink, horseshoe pits, and courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball. It also provided 100,000 hours of subsidized massages last year.
- Wegmans Food Markets encourages camaraderie and accomplishment by letting employees reward one another with gift cards for good service. ...
Are you one of those people who always has about a million tabs and windows open on your computer? Many of us are guilty of this. But if you’re in this category, you know that it can often be tricky to keep track of all of these things. And then there is the horrible panic you feel in the event of a computer crash or unexpected shutdown.
Session Buddy can help protect your sanity in these situations. It’s a Chrome extension that lets you view the state of all of your open tabs in a handy list format. You can view all of your current tabs, or even see the list from a previous browser session.
This extension can be a lifesaver because it lets you quickly restore your tabs and resume your web surfing after a browser or system crash. You can restore any saved set of tabs from...Read More »
- Surviving a Job with Outdated Technology [Lifehacker]
- Ways to Improve Your Twitter Job Search [Career Realism]
- Survival Tips for an All-Day Interview [Mashable]
- How to Handle Helicopter Bosses [Psychology Today]
- Get Hired for Your Dream Job [US News]
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Who is the biggest team player in the office and the most trusted office employee? You, according to a survey conducted by Staples in honor of Administrative Professionals Week. Two-thirds of non-admin respondents gave “top team player” honors to their admin, and admins beat out the boss and human resource workers for the title of “most trusted,” too. (More than half of those surveyed also believe you are under-compensated and that you have “super-human” powers.)
Some other interesting findings from the survey:
- One-third of admins admit having “covered up” for their boss (and one in five reports this happening on a weekly basis or more).
The “greenest” employee at your company may be the one who doesn’t come to the workplace. According to a survey by USamp and TeamViewer, telecommuters often demonstrate more environment-friendly behaviors than their office counterparts because they are used to trying harder to conserve at home.
For instance, a worker may not be overly concerned about failing to shut a light at work. Somebody else will probably turn it off, and if not, the employer is responsible for paying the electric bill. Trying to reduce costs at home, however, is a way of life for many Americans, and the good behaviors practiced and preached continue at all hours.
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If you work in an office, you probably already have basic typing skills. But maybe they’re not quite at the level they should be. Or perhaps you just want to make sure you keep your skills sharp.
Typing Trainer may be just what you need. The free software is packed with features that help you improve your typing speed and skills. You start out with a 45-minute crash course that is filled with quick tips to help you become a better typist right away. If you want to see quick results, try Quick Typing Boost, which claims to be able to help you see improvements in an hour or less.
Got a job interview coming up that includes a typing test? The Typing Analyzer basically watches you type when you use other programs as part of your daily routine. It then tracks your typing speed...Read More »
- Aligning the Elements of Your Work Life [LinkedIn]
- Five Reasons to Follow Up on Your Job Search [Career Realism]
- Excel Shortcuts That Will Save You Lots of Time [Business Insider]
- Ways to Lose Your Co-Workers’ Respect [PR Daily]
- Why Setting Goals is Essential for Success [Lifehack]
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