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Dr. Paul White's picture

Tips for Expressing Authentic Appreciation

All employees want to be valued for what they do and who they are. This is obviously true for administrative professionals as well.  Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers.  In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued (and not because of money).  This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S.

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Julie Perrine's picture

Understanding Social Media Lingo

Social media is a vital tool for every administrative professional. Social sites, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, can enhance your networking abilities, develop your personal brand, and help you identify new job opportunities.
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Dave Bruns's picture

Making Your First Pivot Table

You’ve probably heard a lot about Excel pivot tables. In fact, people who are really into pivot tables tend to go on and on about how cool they are. It can be a little annoying. What’s the big deal? Why are pivot tables so cool?

The main reason pivot tables are cool is that they instantly summarize large sets of data without any formulas. In less than 5 minutes, you can have a good-looking table, with perfect summaries by almost any category you like.

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iaap's picture

The Members Spoke, The IAAP Board of Directors Listened

“I’d like you to consider keeping chapters open as long as possible. I’m worried about chapter members losing interest.”

“While I understand we need to change, please don’t make my chapter close in December. We already had plans for APW next year.”

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Julie Perrine's picture

Document Collaboration: Tips & Resources for Using Word & Google Docs

As an administrative professional, chances are you collaborate on documents and spreadsheets with your team members, executives and other administrative professionals. Gone are the days of revision and attaching files to an e-mail. A plethora of tools and software exist, but the two most commonly used are Word’s Track Changes feature and Google Docs. Whether you’re a novice or you use one or both of these programs frequently, here are some tips and resources to collaborate on documents more effectively and efficiently.

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Stacy Leitner's picture

More EFAM 2014 Tips

Have you made the decision to attend EFAM 2014 in Milwaukee, Wis.? I hope so! This year’s program is sure to be exciting, inspiring and educational.

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Emily Allen's picture

Communication = Success

Those working in administrative professions often hear how concrete skills are a must for success. You need your Certified Administrative Professional certification and your Microsoft Office Suite certification. These are necessary, but they are not enough.

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iaap's picture

The BIG Change

“When you hold onto your history, you do it at the expense of your destiny.”
--Bishop Jakes

IAAP has a wonderful history. There might be information about your association’s past you might not even know about. Here are two facts: Did you know that Richard Nixon spoke at an IAAP Annual Meeting? Did you know this used to be an association for women only?

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Julie Perrine's picture

5 Steps for Successfully Unplugging While on Vacation

Being an administrative assistant is hard work, really hard work. It’s a stressful, chaotic, always-on-call kind of job that can leave even the most seasoned administrative professionals wiped out some days. (As a 22-year veteran of this industry, I can attest to this!)

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Robert Hosking's picture

Is Your Digital Footprint Helping-or Hurting--Your Career?

Virtually everyone leaves some sort of “digital footprint” these days with their internet activity, and it’s important to make sure your online reputation is positive. For those in the job market, it’s critical to be mindful of what information you’re sharing and with whom and that the content presents a professional image.

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