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An Affair to Remember: 5 Event-Planning Tips for Perfect Office Parties

Posted by OfficeTeam on October 30, 2014 at 7:25 AM

event_planningWe've all been to events that wow'd us and others that were duds. If you're in charge of that next office party, the pressure is on. How can you ensure it's talked about for all the right reasons the next day? Here are some tips that can help.

As if you don’t have enough on your plate as a busy admin professional, event planning for the office probably falls to you, too. You know all the old office party clichés: the person who overindulged at the bar or buffet, the gossip around the water cooler the next day, and so on. So how do you turn the average office party into an affair to remember?

Topics: Events, Organization, Skills Development

Don’t Scare Employers Off: 4 Common Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by OfficeTeam on October 29, 2014 at 6:19 AM

common_interview_mistakesWhen you’re interviewing, the last thing you want to do is send hiring managers running off in fright. Make sure you avoid these four haunting interview don’ts!

The job interview is going well so far, but the questions are getting more in-depth. In an attempt to learn how you deal with conflict, the interviewer asks if there is anyone at your present job you don’t get along with and how you handle it. You humorously reply, “Well, I really don’t like most of the people I work with, so I figured the best thing to do was look for another job, am I right?”...

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

Are You Sending the Right Message With Your Work Fashion?

Posted by OfficeTeam on October 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM

work fashion

Topics: Attire, Office Humor

Keep Everything From Happening At Once with Outlook Calendar

Posted by OfficeTeam on October 24, 2014 at 8:14 AM

outlook_calendarYou likely use Outlook Calendar on a daily basis and have a good understanding of the basics. But do you know how it can help you with your time management?

Gmail may have a monopoly on personal email accounts, but in the professional world, Microsoft Outlook is still on top. Outlook — not just email but also Calendar — comprises the nervous system of many companies, by which instructions, information and appointments are sent back and forth all day long.

Topics: Organization, Tech Tips, Time Management

Why You Should Become an IAAP Certified Administrative Professional®

Posted by Jennifer Mikic, CAP-OM on October 22, 2014 at 8:21 AM

certified_administrative_professionalHave you thought about earning a professional certification? Here’s what you need to know about one of the top options for administrative professionals – the IAAP Certified Administrative Professional®.

People seek professional certifications for many reasons. They may become inspired by a certified co-worker or friend, strive to meet a professional goal determined by an employer or simply want to validate their skills and knowledge. In any case, earning a certification can be very rewarding and self-fulfilling.

Topics: Certification, Career Advice

How to Prepare for a Skype Interview

Posted by Michelle Johanson on October 20, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Skype_interviewLights, camera, action! It’s time to interview for a job and you’re not headed to an office anywhere; you’re interviewing from the comfort of your home. Many companies are turning to video interviews as a quick, cost-effective way to screen candidates. Are you ready for that Skype interview?

When most people think of job interviews, they envision meeting face-to-face at a company with a hiring manager. Technology today, though, has changed the way we communicate and it’s not uncommon to be invited for a Skype interview.

Topics: Interviewing, Tech Tips, Job Search

Did You Hear Me? 5 Signs Your Listening Skills Need Work

Posted by Michelle Johanson on October 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM

listening_skillsListening skills may seem like a natural ability, but they're not a strong suit for everyone. Just think of a time you gave someone clear instructions, only to be asked a question you just addressed. It’s very annoying. Could you be unintentionally causing the same annoyance in others? Here are five key signs your listening skills need improvement.

Is listening a personal weakness? I suspect few people, if anyone, will admit to needing work on this skill.

Topics: Career Advice, Skills Development, Management Advice

The Best Career Advice I Ever Received From a Boss

Posted by OfficeTeam on October 14, 2014 at 8:06 AM

best_career_adviceWhen you think of a great boss, many words come to mind. Leader, mentor, manager and supervisor are just a few. Perhaps one of the most common words associated with a respected boss is “teacher.”

OfficeTeam surveyed workers to find out the most valuable lesson they ever learned from their bosses. The answers varied from the sincere to the humorous. The best career advice fell into one of six categories: character, communication, personal commitment, work tips, people skills and teamwork, and management tips.

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice, Research, Management Advice

Bad Bosses Aren't As Common As You Think -- At Least Not in Real Life

Posted by Cynthia Kong on October 13, 2014 at 7:50 AM

bad bossesBoss's Day is coming up on October 16. Are most workers ranting or raving about their supervisors' leadership skills? Find out what the survey says.  

We've all heard people complaining about their managers. And bad bosses are prevalent in movies and TV shows. But are lackluster leaders really that common? Maybe not.

According to a new OfficeTeam survey, most employees seem to think their supervisors are doing an A-OK job: More than three in four (76 percent) workers said their manager has strong leadership skills. In addition, two-thirds (67 percent) believe they couldn’t do a better job than their boss. 

Topics: Management Advice

How to Get Ahead in Customer Service Jobs

Posted by Judy Velasquez on October 10, 2014 at 10:36 AM

customer_service_jobsBeginning a career in customer service is fairly accessible, as usually a high school diploma and a year or two of work experience is enough to get you started. Opportunities for newcomers and career-oriented customer service staff are usually abundant and continually available. In fact, the OfficeTeam 2015 Salary Guide cites strong demand for customer service professionals in the coming year. This is all positive, but you still need to take the right steps to shine in these roles.

As I discussed in an earlier blog article, customer service positions play a great part in a company's success.

Topics: Career Advice