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Administrative Professional Today

You shouldn’t list jobs that you held for only a short time when you’re writing out your résumé because companies may view these temporary stints as a red flag, writes Lindsay Olson. Other résumé mistakes to avoid:

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Networking is an essential part of building and sustaining a successful professional career, but it’s a skill that doesn’t come naturally to many people. When people refer to it as “schmoozing,” it can sometimes feel downright sleazy. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.

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A number of wacky gadgets may be able to help you liven up your workday, writes Kayla Baxter at AdminSecret. A sampling of some of the most off-the-wall devices:

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Acronyms and abbreviations are a great way to tighten up your writing and save yourself some keystrokes, but they’re only clear to insiders who use them on a regular basis. Good writers are careful to follow these rules for using acronyms and abbreviations.

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Can you switch between first (I or we) and third person (he, she or they) in the same paragraph? Writing coach Lynn Gaertner-Johnston says you can, as long as you allow clarity to be your guide.

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Just because your manager can be strict about your schedule doesn’t mean that he should, writes Suzanne Lucas. If your boss has suddenly instituted draconian rules, try to figure out the reason.

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Speaking in public can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. But you can learn to manage your nerves, says Darlene Price, speaking coach and author of Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results. “Fear is what drives nervousness,” she says.

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Dana Theus, a leadership consultant and founder of InPower Women, explains how administrative professionals can develop their confidence and leadership skills to drive change at work.

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Fight procrastination … Bring all your calendars in sync … Become a great networker … Seize the power of LinkedIn recommendations …

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If you’re always setting goals you never seem to accomplish, the problem may be that you’re doing it wrong. Next time, try these tips from Ken Cheo, principal at Winfree Business Growth Advisors.

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