Administrative Professional Today

Add “investing” to your list of skills … Keep personal and professional online networks separate … Try hosting your next party at the gym … Get ready to say “yes” to napping on the job.

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Management may sound like a great gig, but it’s not all fun and games. If you’ve been offered a promotion or are considering seeking one, you should take a serious look at the difficult aspects of being the boss before you make any moves.

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Want to get better results from your Google searches? Try these four tips from Macgasm editor Joshua Schnell.

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Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene are the authors of The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Effective Writing on the Job, recently published in an updated second edition. We contacted them to get their best advice for administrative professionals who want to improve their workplace writing skills.

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Gone are the days of needing to write notes on easily destroyed scraps of paper that clutter your desk. Instead, try one of these note-taking applications, Verne Kopytoff writes.

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Plenty of people find themselves wondering if they’re using commas correctly, or worse, unknowingly using them incorrectly. No need to fear, though. “Grammar Girl” Mignon Fogarty has some grammar reminders to help you become more comma-savvy.

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Business travel can be tough, but it’s a lot easier when you pack the right accessories for the journey. Here’s a list of must-pack items from seasoned travelers.

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If you want to influence people and effectively persuade them to embrace your ideas and follow your lead, you need to start by becoming an excellent listener, say Mark Goulston and John Ullmen, authors of Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In. They identify four levels of listening.

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The bad news: Up to 80% of workers’ time spent on the Inter­­net has nothing to do with their work. Worse news: Having just a policy won’t deter them.

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There’s a good chance your job will change or disappear entirely, so you need to be ready to carry on and keep your career going when it does. Lifehacker’s Alan Henry offers five steps you can take to make sure you’ll land on your feet and hit the ground running if you lose your job.

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