Administrative Professional Today

Try to track the details of a complex project on a whiteboard, and you may quickly run out of white space. Here are five project-tracking software tools that can come to the rescue.

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Fewer employers may be hiring in 2009 (only 14%, compared to 32% last year), but the outlook isn’t entirely grim. Some employers will increase salaries, while others plan to offer flexible work arrangements.

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Use your laptop to squeeze more productivity out of meetings: Share data; brainstorm better; take and distribute meeting notes digitally.

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Saving your employer time and money is one of the few measurable ways to demonstrate the contribution you make at work. Here’s how Amy Gurren, winner of OfficeTeam’s Administrative Excellence Award, proactively found ways to save her employer some of both.

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The No. 1 reason people quit their jobs? Excessive stress, says a recent study of 93 large companies. Take action before you feel so overwhelmed. Try these easy stress-busting techniques from Tevis Gale, career coach and head of the consulting firm Balance Integration.

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Work with a shameless self-promoter? You know, the one who shows off relentlessly and even takes credit for things you’ve done? Here’s how to handle the situation.

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More pink slips are on the horizon … While you can’t control the job market, you can control the impact you make at work every day. “It’s important for your own survival to do what you can, as opposed to backing into a corner and waiting for the ax to fall,” says Deb Bright, a longtime executive coach, of Bright Enterprises. 

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Are you considering holding your next big business event at a resort? Aim to site-inspect as much as you can before you leave home, advises Amy Pfeiffer, managing sales director for the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Every year, you probably receive (or help write) your performance evaluation. But have you evaluated your job lately? Workplace coach Joan Lloyd suggests asking yourself these questions annually:

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If you’re talented and ambitious, nothing can stop you from getting the job or promotion you want. Or is there? Keep these three things in mind during a job hunt, according to What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get a Job Around Here?

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