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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

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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

5 Tricks for Overcoming a Fear of Public Speaking

Posted by Michelle Johanson on September 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM

fear_of_public_speakingThere’s a famous joke from comedian Jerry Seinfeld about the fear of public speaking: “According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

Honestly, I can relate to not wanting to draw attention to myself. Most of my childhood I was labeled “shy” and I find it easy to slip back into that mode as an adult. However, over the years in my career, I've simply had no choice but to give presentations or speak up in front of others now and then.

Topics: Career Advice

How to Recognize the Leader in Your Administrative Professional

Posted by Judy Velasquez on September 4, 2014 at 8:16 AM

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You’ve worked together for years and observed your administrative professional’s performance go from good enough to better to best … How do you approach your admin about developing his or her leadership qualities? You start by assessing what they do well today to build a leader for tomorrow.

The late Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach and executive, said, “Leaders are made, they are not born.” I'm quoting him because I fervently agree – and because as a football fan, I just had to build in a blatant reference to the sport (the season officially begins September 4) – that leaders are made for a number of reasons.

Topics: Mentoring, Skills Development, Management Advice

And You Thought You Got Weird Requests at Work!

Posted by OfficeTeam on September 3, 2014 at 8:05 AM

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Topics: Office Humor

These Aren’t Your Average Administrative Tasks

Posted by OfficeTeam on September 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

weird_administrative_tasksAnyone who’s worked in the administrative field for a while knows that a typical workday is anything but predictable. But have you ever been asked to mail a box of dirt? Hear about the strange administrative tasks your peers have had to do in the course of their jobs.

Being an administrative professional means being a master juggler. You work to keep the office organized, ensuring that processes run smoothly and efficiently. For administrative assistants, executive assistants and other professionals, typical administrative tasks include fielding and screening phone calls, entering data and creating reports. But their roles don't stop there: They're often called upon to go above and beyond the tasks in their job descriptions, handling one work request after another.

Topics: Infographic, Office Culture, Research, Office Humor, Office of the Future

Why Temporary Employees Rock and You Should Hire Them

Posted by Michelle Johanson on August 28, 2014 at 7:55 AM

temporary_employeesWhen reviewing resumes, chances are, you look for a stable work history. However, as you evaluate the job records further, could you be making a mistake and eliminating some terrific candidates based on misconceptions?

Let’s face it, employers are hesitant to hire a job-hopper – someone who may just accept a full-time job, get all they want from that job and then quickly move on. So, managers look for candidates who’ve shown they stopped for a while at previous employers. When you’re evaluating work histories on resumes, make sure you’re not discounting those who've been temporary employees.

Topics: Hiring, Management Advice