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Where Are Salaries for Administrative Professionals Headed in 2015?

Posted by Michelle Johanson on October 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM

2015 administrative salariesCurious what your peers are earning in the same administrative job? Learn more about the latest salary trends in the just-released OfficeTeam 2015 Salary Guide.

Your administrative salary certainly isn’t the only key to your job satisfaction, but it does matter. In a survey by OfficeTeam and the International Association of Administrative Professionals, 46% of admins said they are paid less than they deserve. Whether you’re entering job offer negotiations or pursuing a raise, knowing the current standards can help you earn an appropriate salary.

According to the OfficeTeam 2015 Salary Guide, salaries for administrative professionals are expected to increase an average of 3.4% in 2015. Many roles will see even greater improvements, among them:

Human resources assistants: Their starting salaries are expected to increase 4.3% next year, to the range of $31,500 to $42,000.

Topics: Salary Trends, Industry News, Research, Job Search

Professional, Casual or Fun Fonts … Do You Have a Favorite?

Posted by Judy Velasquez on September 29, 2014 at 8:07 AM


Fashion and my own personal style are important to me, because they allow me to express myself and offer a visual of my personality. And, I have to admit that this is how I approach the use of fonts in all of my communications. Does this sound familiar to you?

Arial, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Palatino, Verdana – if you know your fonts, you know exactly what I’m referring to. Do fonts help express who you are in your own communications? Do you favor one font for your work email and another in your personal email?

Topics: Career Advice, Job Search

5 Tips to Overcome Obstacles in Updating Your Admin Job Description

Posted by Julie Perrine on September 26, 2014 at 7:43 AM

job_description_challengeTrying to update your job description, but your manager, executive or HR department isn’t cooperating? Don’t give up! There are ways to get around the red tape and get a job description that reflects what you do!

An accurate and up-to-date job description is essential to an administrative professional’s success. It defines your role and responsibilities at your company. It demonstrates the value you bring to your executive, team and organization. It’s a means for measuring your job performance and promoting equitable pay. And it provides context for training and professional development requests.

Topics: Career Advice, Office of the Future

Does One Cup of Coffee a Day (or More) Keep Your Motivation in Play?

Posted by Judy Velasquez on September 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM


Whether you refer to coffee as your daily caffeine fix, your morning cup o’ joe or by the brand name itself (such as Starbucks®, Peet's®, Philz™ and others), this brewed beverage is a worldwide favorite that over the many years of existence, satisfies, brings people together and can generate engaging discussion. Were you aware that National Coffee Day is Monday, September 29?

Coffee … I discovered it back in 2001, and was never the same.

Topics: Office Culture

Introverts Can Network, Too. Here's How.

Posted by Cynthia Kong on September 22, 2014 at 7:59 AM

networking_introvertsHate networking? You're not alone. Just the thought of having to make small talk with a bunch of people you don't know can be horrifying. It can be even more intimidating for introverts. 

I wouldn't exactly say I'm a shy person. In fact, in my role, communicating with others is kind of required. And if you get me talking about something I'm interested in, there's no stopping me. But I've taken those quizzes about your work style and personality before, and the results always show I've got some introversion. Any other introverts out there?

Topics: Networking, Career Advice

3 Essential Resume Tips From a Recruiter

Posted by Daryl Pigat on September 19, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Resume_tips_recruiterCould your resume actually be hindering your job search? Hear straight from a recruiter the resume tips that can make a real difference in putting your best foot forward.

Every day, I receive many resumes from candidates, so I’ve seen it all: the good, the bad and the ugly. If you’ve wondered, “What do employers look for in a resume?” I know the answers. Here are three key resume tips to follow:

Topics: Resumes, Job Search

Have You Had Your Coffee Today?

Posted by OfficeTeam on September 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM


Topics: Productivity, Office Humor

4 Ways to Improve the Look of Your Outlook Email

Posted by OfficeTeam on September 15, 2014 at 7:50 AM

outlook_emailThe vast majority of our business communication these days happens by email. It’s likely to be your first form of contact with new clients and colleagues — and you only get one chance at a first impression. Use these Outlook email strategies to ensure your first impression is a positive one.

Your emails should be as professional as you are. Less-than-presentable emails reflect poorly on you and your organization. Worse yet, because the recipient likely has an overflowing inbox, your emails may not get the attention they deserve if your formatting is shoddy.

Topics: Tech Tips

Dress for Success: 8 Fashion Week Trends for Your Working Wardrobe

Posted by OfficeTeam on September 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Fashion_Week_dress_for_successFashion Week just ended and some key trends became clear. Read on to learn more about the styles you may see in the workplace in spring.

The good news from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is that the designers du jour seem to have taken a surprisingly sensible approach this year. Asked recently whom he would most like to help dress for success, CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Joseph Altuzarra chose Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg — passing over a posse of celebrities and supermodels. Could high fashion finally be coming to terms with real-world office dress codes?

Topics: Career Advice, Attire

How to Use Your Job Description to Advance Your Career

Posted by OfficeTeam on September 10, 2014 at 8:21 AM

evolving job description infographicWhen was the last time you looked at your job description? Is it up-to-date? If you haven’t paid much attention to this document lately, you should. It may be more crucial to your professional success than you think.

In a recent survey by OfficeTeam and the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) tied to our Office of the Future research project, 41 percent of administrative professionals said their work responsibilities had changed significantly since they started their jobs.

Topics: Career Advice, Research, Office of the Future