Administrative Professional Today

Snagging the best admins today means going beyond your local paper’s classified ads. More than half of employers find it challenging to recruit skilled professionals because of a lack of qualified staff and the higher cost of recruiting, reports a recent CareerBuilder.com survey.

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If your performance evaluation is at least six months away, start tracking now the value you bring to your job, especially if you want a raise. That’s according to David Lorenzo, managing partner at The Gallup Organization and author of Career Intensity.

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Glean ideas from One Hour Parties (www.onehourparties.com), a service that delivers inventive, affordable parties, such as Cookie Decorating Party and Chinese New Year.

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“My co-worker makes me crazy. At least half the time, when I walk past her desk, she’s surfing the Web, and it doesn’t look work-related … I’m on the verge of talking to my manager about her. Should I?”

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Without a best buddy at work, the chances of your being engaged in your job are only one in 12. So says Tom Rath, author of Vital Friends: The People You Can’t Afford to Live Without.

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You may make oral blunders without even realizing it. "There are three verbal blunders that are real problems for many of us, that keep us from exuding confidence,” says Susan Mason, a principal with Vital Visions Consultants.

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Before you fire up the Net and begin your holiday spending spree, follow these tips from financial web site “The Motley Fool” (www.fool.com) for saving money during the nation’s biggest shopping season …

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If you join online networks like Facebook or LinkedIn, make it worth the effort. Follow these tips to get the most out of online networking.

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The phone keeps ringing, people are forever asking for “a minute” of your time, an urgent project suddenly lands on your desk. How can you possibly plan your day when so much of your time is not under your control?

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Sending out crystal-clear, well-defined e-mail benefits you just as much as the recipient. By thinking carefully before sending a message, you take control of an e-mail exchange.

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