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See What Other Admins Keep on Their Desks to Stay Organized

Posted by Michelle Johanson on March 2, 2015 at 8:02 AM

getting_organized_at_workCurious what other admins are doing to stay organized and keep up with their administrative demands? Read on to learn some practical tips.

Getting organized at work can play a big role in how successful you are in your job. If you're constantly losing things on a messy desk, it may take longer to get your tasks done and you may frustrate others.

We asked some leading administrative professionals to share pictures of what they have on top of their desks and what they find most useful to stay organized. Here are their responses:

Topics: Career Advice, Organization, Productivity

How to Deal With a Difficult Boss

Posted by Michelle Johanson on February 27, 2015 at 7:16 AM

difficult_bossNot everyone is fortunate to report to a manager who's even-keeled and pleasant. If you work for a difficult boss, these quick tips may help.

Work for someone with mood swings, like in the cartoon? You never know what you'll experience each day. Here are some strategies for dealing with that type of difficult boss:

Try empathy. Statements like, "I can see you're having a challenging day. What can I do to help?" can help to diffuse tension.

Topics: Career Advice, Office Humor

Watch for These 5 Red Flags on Every Resume

Posted by OfficeTeam on February 25, 2015 at 7:30 AM

resume_red_flagsIn your recruitment process, you wade through resumes from variously qualified applicants every day. Once the obvious bad fits are cut, how do you determine which candidates to invite for an interview?

The best way to start is by looking for clear negatives on each job candidate’s resume. Here are five resume red flags to look out for:

Topics: Hiring, Resumes, Management Advice

8 Must-Have Motivational Apps to Achieve Your Career Goals

Posted by OfficeTeam on February 23, 2015 at 7:34 AM

motivational_appsIt’s super easy to get excited about setting career goals at the start of the year. After exercise and nutrition, job or career goals are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions. But now that 2015 is well under way, it may seem a lot harder to keep pursuing career goals. But don’t panic. You can find help in making these goals a reality — right on your smartphone!

Looking to find a new job or broaden your network? There’s an app for that.

Topics: Interviewing, Networking, Career Advice, Productivity, Tech Tips, Job Search

What the New Role of the Administrative Professional Means to You

Posted by OfficeTeam on February 20, 2015 at 7:46 AM

administrative_professionalBob Dylan told us, “The times they are a-changin.” Just as vinyl albums made way for cassettes, then CDs and now MP3s, the role of the administrative professional is constantly evolving, too. Today’s admins are increasingly joining the ranks of middle management.

The American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP) has released a report that finds significant changes in the roles of admins.

Topics: Career Advice, Research, Skills Development, Management Advice

Salary Scoop: Medical Office Administrator

Posted by OfficeTeam on February 18, 2015 at 7:26 AM

medical_office_administratorDo you have great communication and organizational skills and an interest in the healthcare industry? Then a career as a medical office administrator may be the ideal path for you. Take a look at this typical job description and salary benchmarks to figure out whether this is a job you’ll find worth pursuing.

“Liaison” is perhaps the best word to sum up the role of a medical office administrator. These professionals act as a go-between on many levels, including patient to physician, client to insurance company, and clerical staff to medical staff.

Want Your Writing Skills to Impress? Use This Checklist!

Posted by Michelle Johanson on February 17, 2015 at 7:15 AM

writing_skillsLike it or not, your writing skills say a lot to others. People at work and those evaluating you for job openings will judge your professionalism by the way you write, so it’s important to avoid common mistakes. Here’s a checklist that can help.

As an admin, you no doubt write many times over the course of your workday, whether you’re crafting a simple email or preparing a report for your boss. It doesn’t matter how small the project, your writing skills matter. Just one misspelled word, for example, can cause others to question your attention to detail.

Topics: Career Advice, Job Search, Skills Development

4 Leadership Skills You Can Learn from People at the Top

Posted by OfficeTeam on February 13, 2015 at 8:59 AM

leadership_skillsWhen you think of the most respected leaders, who comes to mind? Is it a business executive or perhaps someone in politics? Those who achieve success in positions of authority often share the same strategies as they motivate and bring people together.

Without essential leadership skills, managers can fall flat, failing to inspire or achieve business goals. Here are four tips you can learn from people in power positions to help you hone your leadership skills at work:

Topics: Career Advice, Skills Development, Management Advice

Why I Love My Job

Posted by Michelle Johanson on February 11, 2015 at 8:52 AM

Why_I_Love_My_JobWhy do you love your job? Read what some workers had to say when asked what they like most about their jobs.

If you asked me why I love my job, I could go on and on about how I have rewarding work. I have enjoyed writing since I was in third grade and I’m fortunate to make a living now doing something I find challenging and inspiring. The process of putting words together and creating something that’s meaningful to others simply makes me happy. Working with great colleagues is icing on the cake.

Topics: Career Advice

I’ll Think About That Tomorrow: 4 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Posted by OfficeTeam on February 10, 2015 at 6:58 AM

procrastinationDo you ever check the clock and panic because the day’s halfway over and you haven’t completed all the tasks you need to? If you often wonder where the time in your day goes, you may be suffering from a bad case of procrastination. Good news: It’s not terminal!

We’ve all procrastinated on occasion. While we may blame social media for shortening attention spans, it’s really not fair to pass the buck for a problem we can easily remedy ourselves. Read on for four ways to get into gear and kick procrastination to the curb.

Topics: Career Advice, Productivity, Time Management