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Set Up a Tickler File for a Smile — and Great Organization

Posted by OfficeTeam on July 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

tickler_fileLooking for a way to get better organized and stay on top of your to-do list? A tickler file may be the answer.

Any savvy administrative or executive assistant knows that juggling multiple tasks is a massive part of the job. You’re responsible for staying on top of other people’s schedules, handling and processing paperwork, fielding phone calls and answering email — all while maintaining a calm and positive attitude.

It can be a little daunting and sometimes downright frustrating.

Topics: Career Advice, Organization, Productivity

Face It, You've Been Networking All Wrong

Posted by Cynthia Kong on July 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM

networkingWe've all heard how important networking is. But just going through the motions isn't going to cut it. Learn how to make -- and maintain -- meaningful professional connections.

You may think you know all the ins and outs of networking, but are you actually networking effectively? It goes further than having the most connections on LinkedIn. It comes down to the quality of your connections -- not the quantity. The secret is nurturing these professional relationships so everyone involved benefits. 

Topics: Infographic, Networking, Career Advice, Job Search

Salary Scoop: Human Resources Assistant

Posted by Judy Velasquez on July 23, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Human Resources Assistant

Employees are a company’s most important asset, which explains the importance of having a dedicated human resources (HR) department to help the organization manage them. Have you considered working in HR? Learn more about what it's like to be a human resources assistant, including key duties and compensation levels.

An important member on the HR team, the HR assistant’s job description may include screening calls, scheduling interviews, researching the Internet to help locate potential candidates and being a point person for employee requests related to personnel records.

Topics: Salary Trends, Salary Scoop

5 Interview Tips That Can Help You Stand Out

Posted by Michelle Johanson on July 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Interview_tipsWant the hiring manager to think, “Wow, I should hire this candidate!” at your next interview? Here are some interview tips that can help you be successful, regardless of the company's hiring criteria.

I know I’ve never found job interviewing to be a fun process and suspect most people feel the same way. There’s a lot of pressure to make a great impression that leads to an employment offer. To do that, you need to show that you’re better than the rest; that you have what it takes to do the job and will mesh with the corporate culture.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

Starting Out as a New Admin? 9 Tips to Put Your Best Foot Forward

Posted by OfficeTeam on July 18, 2014 at 7:52 AM

New_adminThe day is here. You’re starting a new job as an entry-level administrative assistant and can’t wait to begin. Here are a few simple tips to help you make a positive impression with your employer.

Perhaps you’re fresh out of school and ready for the challenge of being a new admin, or maybe you’re moving from one career to another. Whatever the case, now that you’ve landed your first administrative job, it’s important to start on the right track. Following are nine tips that can be game-changers:

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice, Organization, Productivity, Attire

Your Cheat Sheet for 15 Microsoft Outlook Shortcuts

Posted by OfficeTeam on July 16, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Outlook_tips-1It’s always good to have more than one way of doing things. Outlook shortcuts provide you with handy options and save time, too.

You most likely use an assortment of keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word, but do you also take advantage of Microsoft Outlook shortcuts? If you rely on Outlook for your daily email exchanges, these Outlook shortcuts can save you from “mousing around,” helping you move faster while giving your wrist a little break, too. Here are 15 common scenarios where your keyboard could be your best friend:

Topics: Tech Tips

The Summer Job Market: How to Land a Job Right Now

Posted by Robert Hosking on July 14, 2014 at 8:58 AM

job_marketDon’t let your job search stall this summer! Get the latest on industries that may be hiring, the Q2 unemployment figures and tips for finding a position in the next few months.

Summer officially started a few weeks ago, and the weather is beginning to heat up across the country. As the third quarter of the year begins, there are also some hot spots that have emerged for administrative professionals in the job market.  

Topics: Hiring, Job Search, Rob's Job Report

5 Common Career Tips You Should Ignore

Posted by OfficeTeam on July 11, 2014 at 7:15 AM

career_tipsWe're not sure how some of the career tips out there start, but many just seem to stick anyway -- even when they don't have a lot of merit or apply to many situations. Exercise caution if you're following any of the five common recommendations below.

Not all professional advice is good advice. Just because a suggestion is made by multiple people or sources doesn't mean it's right for your own situation -- or even for others.

Topics: Career Advice, Productivity, Time Management

Whoa ... Work That's Actually in My Job Description?

Posted by OfficeTeam on July 9, 2014 at 8:01 AM


Topics: Office Humor

Secrets of the Trade: Essential Tips for Any Executive Assistant

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

executive_assistant_bookAre you an executive assistant looking to get ahead? The latest OfficeTeam Book Club selection is full of tips and secrets that can boost your career.

If you’re like me, chances are you follow the same work habits each day. This is fine if you’re doing everything perfectly (I know I have room for improvement), but in reality, we all could use reminders now and then of ways we can improve. The OfficeTeam Book Club’s latest selection, Who Took My Pen … Again? Secrets From Dynamic Executive Assistants by Joan Burge, Nancy Fraze and Jasmine Freeman, is designed to give any executive assistant the edge needed to advance professionally.

The authors based the book on attendees' knowledge at the Office Dynamics 18th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, as well as their own years of experience. Chapters cover everything from how to be more creative to decision-making, leadership and problem-solving strategies.

Topics: Career Advice, OfficeTeam Book Club