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Foolproof Ways to Boost Your Professional Image and Marketability

Posted by Cynthia Kong on March 27, 2015 at 7:18 AM

professional image webinar

Do you have the "it" factor? Join the OfficeTeam webinar on April 21 to find out how you can get "it" and improve your marketability. 

You may complete your projects accurately and on time, but do you have an executive presence -- a strong professional image and leadership potential? That's the wow factor employers are looking for when they decide who to hire or promote.

Workers who really get noticed are those who leaders know will represent their companies well. They're the ones who dress to impress and communicate effectively with those both inside and outside their organizations. 

Topics: Events, Career Advice, Attire, Skills Development

Going on Vacation? Craft an Effective Out-of-Office Message

Posted by OfficeTeam on March 25, 2015 at 10:05 AM

out_of_office_messageYou booked the flight and hotel room months ago. You’ve crossed everything off of your to-do list, and your inbox is clear. There’s one last thing for you to do before you take off on your trip: write and activate the out-of-office message on your email.

It may seem like a simple thing. But if your message is unclear or incomplete, it can cause problems while you’re out, and when you return.

Topics: Career Advice, Productivity

Are You Overlooking a Diamond in the Rough While Recruiting?

Posted by OfficeTeam on March 23, 2015 at 7:05 AM

recruitingWhat do Charlize Theron, John Wayne and Natalie Portman have in common? They all lacked any industry experience when they were discovered. Though you’re not recruiting future Oscar winners for your office, there’s a lesson to be learned: Direct experience isn't everything. Always keep an eye peeled for that "diamond in the rough."

There are some candidates who don’t necessarily sparkle on paper. They also might not perfectly match every last demand of your job description or may get a bit tongue-tied during interviews, due to nerves or sheer inexperience.

Topics: Interviewing, Hiring, Resumes, Management Advice

Are You a Boss Botherer? Be Sure to Avoid This Workplace Behavior

Posted by OfficeTeam on March 20, 2015 at 7:32 AM

workplace_behaviorAre you that person at the office? You know, the one who has people rolling their eyes in annoyance, including your manager? It goes without saying that you shouldn't sleep at your desk, lie, cheat or steal — which will quickly have you packing your bags — but what about the subtler actions that get on leaders' nerves?

Let's face it, there's a long list of annoying things people do at work.

Topics: Career Advice, Organization, Time Management

What Kind of Interviewer Is That? Use This Field Guide for Job Seekers

Posted by OfficeTeam on March 18, 2015 at 7:50 AM

interviewer_mainYou just never know what you're going to face when you walk into an interview. Will you be greeted by someone who's as focused as a hawk or as chatty as a bird? Here's a field guide to the most common varieties of job interviewer, including some survival tips for when you encounter them.

One of the most stressful aspects of interviewing is the surprise element. Hiring managers have different levels of experience with interviewing as well as their own personal styles, so they will take their own approaches to screening candidates.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

4 Self-Improvement Books That Can Help You Get Your Work Life on Track

Posted by Michelle Johanson on March 16, 2015 at 6:59 AM

career_books_spring_cleaningFor many, spring can’t come soon enough! With this time of year, thoughts often go to spring cleaning, including taking steps to get organized and improving ourselves. While you may first think of making the effort at home, it’s also a great time to work on being a better admin. Here are some self-improvement books that can help.

It seems everyone is busy these days and that can mean productivity and overall job satisfaction can slide. Are you as sharp, happy and organized as you should be?

Topics: Career Advice, Organization, Productivity, Time Management, Skills Development, OfficeTeam Book Club

A Recruiter Shares What it Takes to Land Healthcare Admin Jobs

Posted by Michelle Johanson on March 13, 2015 at 7:23 AM

healthcare_admin_jobsThe healthcare industry is hot, hot, hot right now and it can be a great area of focus for administrative professionals. Learn what a recruiter in the healthcare sector has to say about making the move from traditional administrative roles to healthcare admin jobs.

With strong job growth and rising salaries, it's no wonder many administrative professionals are curious about what the administrative healthcare field has to offer. So, what does it take to land healthcare admin jobs?

Topics: Certification, Career Advice, Job Search

7 Rules for Managing Your Professional References

Posted by OfficeTeam on March 11, 2015 at 7:48 AM

professional_referencesYou may have invested a lot of time crafting the perfect resume and preparing for tough interview questions, but have you focused on managing your professional references? What people say about you can be a deal breaker in the hiring decision, so make sure you're following these rules. 

With so much competition in today’s job market, it’s easy for a single candidate to get lost among a stack of resumes and a slew of interviews.

Topics: Job Search

5 Things You Should Know About Microsoft Office Certification

Posted by OfficeTeam on March 9, 2015 at 7:04 AM

Microsoft_Office_certificationAs an administrative professional, you likely spend the majority of your day working with Microsoft Office applications. You may even consider yourself a pro. But have you considered making it official and becoming a certified Microsoft Office Specialist? It could pay off for your career.

A Microsoft Office certification has its benefits. For one, it helps you fine-tune the tech skills you use every day. You know how sometimes you just happen to stumble on an Excel shortcut that makes your life 10 times easier?

Topics: Certification, Career Advice

What Every Manager Needs to Know About Stay Interviews

Posted by OfficeTeam on March 6, 2015 at 7:17 AM

Stay_InterviewsTo quote Benjamin Franklin: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Why not put a plan into action now to help boost office morale and reduce employee turnover – before it's a concern? Here's all you need to know about a tool that can help: stay interviews.

When it comes to your personal health, taking steps to prevent an illness is usually easier – and more affordable – than treating it. The same holds true for your company’s wellbeing.

Topics: Management Advice