Administrative Professional Today

Working outside the home and raising children at the same time can be a challenge, but there are ways to do both successfully, says computer programmer and productivity blogger L.J. Earnest.

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What makes someone a professional? Is it an advanced degree and typically white-collar job? No, says management and leadership expert Dan McCarthy. Pro­­fes­­sionalism is a quality everyone can display.

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Everyone needs a mentor, a coach and a sponsor to help them grow and excel in their careers, says Brazen Careerist writer Lorena Knapp. She explains what each does to help.

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Successful people don’t let negativity, blame and other toxic emotions slow them down. How can you train yourself to think in a way that’s always pushing you forward?

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Have you ever wondered what would happen to your Facebook account after you die? Face­book’s new Facebook Legacy Contact service will let you decide, says Lifehack contributor Matt Okeefe.

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At some point in your admin career, you’ll probably encounter customer relationship management soft­­ware. These databases help organizations keep track of the relationships they have with clients, customers, potential clients and other contacts.

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If you’re suffering from a chronic case of the Sunday night blues, constantly dreading going back to work on Monday, then it may be time to find a new job or revamp your current one. Caroline Dowd-Higgins, director of professional enrichment at the Indiana University Alumni Association, offers some suggestions to help you do just that.

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When you’re working on a project that involves a great deal of data, it can be difficult to figure out how to effectively share the numbers. Use these tips to do it right.

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Many people struggle to achieve work/life balance, but they may be better served by working toward work/life integration. Balance means focusing all your energy on work during work hours and leaving plenty of time to do all your personal tasks and socializing without thinking about work. But most of us can’t achieve that.

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In addition to the conventional admin duties and top-notch technical skills, today’s professionals need to add proficiency in meeting/event planning, cloud-based apps, social media, database management and website maintenance, says Robert Hosking, Executive Direc­­­tor of Office Team. Here are 5 skills employers are adding to job descriptions, he says.

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