Administrative Professional Today

Whether or not you’re actively looking for a job, it pays to ratchet up your professional image outside your office. (After all, you never know who might google your name.) For that, the e-portfolio can be your most powerful tool.

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Break down a big goal into smaller pieces by envisioning a wheel and spokes. At the hub is your long-term goal. The spokes radiating from the hub are what determine your daily actions.

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Drowning in information overflow? Try managing your Outlook with these handy little helpers.

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Not everyone can buy a Prius, but most admins can make office purchases that have a positive impact on the planet.

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One free application and one online tool can help simplify your work: KallOut (www.kallout.com) and TinyURL (http://tinyurl.com).

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Tempers are flaring at work more often these days. About half of U.S. workers report yelling at a colleague this year, reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. How should you handle a co- worker’s “desk rage”?

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The latest trend in workplace training may be “in the moment coaching.” It challenges employees to stay focused so they don’t leave meetings or conversations wondering what just happened. Staying in the moment keeps our minds from drifting, so we can really listen and retain critical information.

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Your boss’s gender can affect just how much pain he or she seems to inflict. Researchers at the University of Toronto compared men and women working in one of three situations: (1) for a lone male supervisor, (2) for a lone female supervisor, or (3) for both a male and a female supervisor.

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If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you be? Interview questions like this one are growing more popular with interviewers, says Lynne Sarikas, director of the MBA Career Center at Northeastern University’s business school.

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The same tactics you use at work can help you get everything done at home. Some people, however, leave their work skills at work. What they should be doing, experts say, is setting goals, outsourcing tasks and reviewing performance, just like a workplace manager.

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