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In a tight economy, spending money on professional assistance to help with your job search may seem like splurging. Many candidates, however, find hiring a career coach money well spent as the expert oftentimes can shorten the hunt for a fulfilling position.
“Consider a sports analogy: It is far more effective to take a private tennis lesson to improve your game than it is to simply read a book about tennis. And not unlike a good tennis coach, an effective career coach may film your interview skills and review the materials together with you,” says Christine Bolzan, founder of Graduate Career Coaching. She also notes that professional résumés consistently provide greater response rates from employers and that...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 administrative assistant at AT&T.
Based in Cerritos, California, this person will provide administrative support to the director of sales and will be responsible for performing a variety of detailed administrative and/or support services.
Assists in the preparation, maintenance, and control of records, budget information and reports (may involve working with confidential material). Coordinates activities with internal and external clients, uses various software programs and office equipment to perform assignments and prepares correspondence, maintain files and complete special...Read More »
- How to Score a Promotion in 2013 [LinkedIn]
- Prep Your Social Media Profiles Before an Interview [CBS News]
- Identify Your Peak Hour of Productivity [Lifehack]
- Ways to Turn Over a New Leaf in Your Career [US News]
- Are You an Easy Target for Bullies? [Psychology Today]
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If you’ve made a resolution to increase productivity in 2013, getting organized can be the first important step. For the next few days, we’ll be presenting tips to get any size workspace in tip-top shape. Today’s suggestions are courtesy of Angie Mattson, CEO (that’s Chief Efficiency Officer) of Your Organized Guide, Inc., and author of the newly-released Kindle book How Your Disorganization is Stealing Your Time, Your Attention, and Your Health.
1. Use technology to help prompt you to get things done. This eliminates a desk plastered with sticky notes or covered with piles of papers, too!
2. It is easier to keep up than to catch up. Take 5 minutes at the end of each of day to tidy your desk. Put the...Read More »
Eager to keep the holiday spirit alive in the new year? Consider these simple ways that you can help others and build workplace morale in the process.
Cut and share coupons.
Tack a large manila envelope labeled “Free Coupons” to the office bulletin board. Fill it with all the great offers that you can’t use. (Your diaper coupons will make a parent’s day.) Encourage others to add to the pile.
Sponsor an eyeglass collection drive.
More than four million pairs of old eyeglasses go into the garbage in North America each year, but groups such as the Lions Club can recycle them for use in developing countries. Gather what you have, then put a basket by your desk at work for two weeks and encourage co-workers to drop theirs off....Read More »
How much thought do you out into what you wear to work? If you don’t give it much thought—or you dress mainly with comfort in mind—you may want to pay a little more attention to your workplace attire. According to some experts, your work clothing choices are much more than a fashion statement. Whether it’s fair or not, appearances often count—and this includes your wardrobe choices.
Exactly how much it matters depends on whom you ask, as this article reveals. Some experts say you should dress according to the position you hope to have, to show that you can fit the part. It can also be important to tailor your wardrobe according to the standard...Read More »
- Survive a Terrible Job Interviewer and Still Get the Job [LinkedIn]
- Turn Three Career Resolutions into Reality [US News]
- How to Create a Visible and Engaging LinkedIn Profile [Search Engine Watch]
- A Case for the Midweek Review [Lifehack]
- Creating Your 2013 Goals [Forbes]
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Looking for a way to communicate more effectively and consistently with those you support? Consider setting up regular “bullet” meetings. Unlike staff meetings that involve many people, these short discussions get their name because the dialogue is rapid and to the point between you and one or two others. The information obtained can help you prioritize, plan, and understand objectives.
“A bullet meeting is scheduled regularly, e.g. Mondays and Thursdays,” says Mitzi Weinman, founder of TimeFinder (a professional training company that specializes in improving productivity, effectiveness, and focus). “It is used to update each other about what currently needs to be addressed since the last bullet meeting and what work to...Read More »
Undeniably, smartphones have changed the definition of a workday. In theory, being able to attend to matters on the morning train commute or while dinner is in the oven should give a worker more flexibility. Likewise, vacations should be less stressful without the fear that something needing attention is going on at the office.
Yet with the blessing of 24/7 connection to work comes a curse – namely, 24/7 connection to work. Without a proper distinction between personal time and being on the clock, productivity and happiness can both suffer.
Ed Muzio, CEO of Group Harmonics and author of Make Work Great and Four Secrets to Liking Your Work, notes that the law of diminishing returns is a key...Read More »
These days, employers often expect works—especially administrative professionals—to perform many roles and handle a lot of diverse tasks. Basically, you need to know at least a little bit about a lot of different things. And you usually don’t have a lot of time to get up to speed on new skills or concepts.
This is why Khan Academy can be such a valuable resource. Originally a favorite of homeschoolers and college kids needing a quick refresher, the site now has become popular with just about everyone, thanks to its video format designed to present material in a way that lets you learn quickly and easily.
As this article says, Khan Academy has a library of video tutorials on a wide variety of...Read More »
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