Mary Ellen Slayter

Question: “My company recently hired an admin who doesn’t quite fit in with the personalities around here. She’s shy and some people think she’s a little odd, but she does her job well enough. I’m worried that after only a month, she seems cut off from the other admins and is being isolated through no real fault of her own. Does anyone have any ideas on how to ‘rescue’ someone like this and make sure she doesn’t become the employee people just don’t care about?” - Livvy, Brokerage Assistant

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Question: “I was an executive admin for nearly 30 years. After I was laid off, I thought it would be easy to find another job—after all, ‘I’m an admin and can do anything.’ I have interviewed almost consistently. I know that I used to interview well; I look good (very professional image), have a solid background, good skills, fun personality, easy to get along with, great ethic and word mindset, no kids … I can travel, work late, come in early, etc. But I never really learned to ‘market and brand’ myself. So why I am not getting the jobs?” - Sheryl, Executive Admin

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Question: “I’m tempted to spruce up a PowerPoint presentation by adding some video. Before I try to learn the actual steps of how to do it, I’d like to know what other admins’ experiences have been with trying this—is it going to be too much headache for too little payoff, or is it easier than I think?” - Michelle, Administrative Assistant III

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Question: “I’ve noticed recently that one of the managers here seems to be trying to use me as a window into my boss’s habits and decisions. He’s always politely prying for a little more information about what she’s thinking than I’m comfortable giving, but at the same time, he’s even higher up the ladder than my boss is, so I don’t want to offend him. What should I do about this?” - Caitlyn, Events Assistant

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Question: “Our company has performance plans based on the expectation that we’ll always be moving up the ladder—or at least trying to. I can tell my boss thinks it’s odd that I’m having trouble with this. The fact is, I’ve been an admin for four great years and I just don’t want to be promoted! How do I convince him that I’m genuinely happy where I am without sounding like I’m scared to take on higher responsibility?” - Fran, Marketing Admin

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Question: “There are a lot of snazzy decorative templates, images, borders, fonts, etc. in the recent versions of Word—so many that I don’t even know where to begin. It seems like I could scroll through the options all day! If I want to quickly spruce up a boring report to the managers summarizing the projects our admin group has completed, what are some favorite bells and whistles that would do the job?” – Nora, Hotel Bookings Assistant

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Question: “I had an idea that I would set myself a target date for becoming the manager of my department exactly five years from now, and work to make that goal happen as hard as I can. I definitely have a few promotion levels to achieve before I get there, so do you think it’s wise to set such an ambitious goal with such a specific timeline, or am I setting myself up for a possible disappointment that might be even tougher to recover from if I don’t make it?” - Mel, Property Processing Clerk

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Question: “My admin team is getting overly competitive since we can now log in to our system after normal work hours. I know that at least two of the people I work with put in an extra four or five unpaid hours every week at home, in order to get ahead. I can’t help but feel they have an unfair advantage—they’re getting more done than me because I don’t want work to follow me home, yet I can’t realistically tattle on them for the unauthorized hours. Is the only solution here to just let them be seen as miracle workers who are more efficient than I am?” – Betty, Financial Services

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Question: “How do I ask and answer questions at an interview?” - Lydia

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Question: “My boss had the good idea to start a drawer filled with doodads that he can pass out to employees whenever he wants to reward them with a little something. These people are generally admins, both male and female. I’m looking for suggestions as to what sort of $5-$10 items I can buy that will give pretty much anyone a lift.” - Ray, Customer Response Specialist

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