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Infographic Highlights Key Insights From IAAP's 2013 Benchmarking Survey

IAAP recently released its 2013 Benchmarking Survey report, a comprehensive portrait of administrative professionals. Here's an infographic the association compiled to highlight some of the key industry insights gleaned from the survey (please be patient as it may take up to a minute for the image to load):

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Positive feedback is fairly rare in our professional lives. That's why a recent survey from Business Management Daily is so gratifying. The International Association of Administrative Professionals was named one of the top resources for administrative professionals by the prominent industry news and information website.

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Top 7 Grammar Websites for Administrative Professionals

Good grammar, like good health, demands vigilance. Neglect it and you’ll soon find yourself producing sloppy copy. This wasn’t so much of problem when we were in high school or college, which create a kind of artificial demand for fit language. In the professional world, it can seem like we’re on our own.

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3 Business Phrases That Will Kill Your Communication

One of the ever-present evils that stalk writers like me are cliches. I'm certainly not the only person haunted by those ghosts, though. Modern pop culture and digital communication technology make it all too easy for this plague to spread.

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Learning To 'Lean In'

Maybe the key to having it all is redefining what "all" means. That's one of lessons I've learned after spending some time on the brilliant website for Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's new non-profit organization, LeanIn.org. Any professional caught between the demands of work and home ought to pay it a visit.

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Thriving After the 'Big Boom'

"Dream, and dream big, because it's free and no one can take it away from you." - J.R. Martinez

As the United States and its coalition partners mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, this seems like a good time to draw some inspiration from one of the heroes who emerged from that conflict.

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Broadcasting Yourself In The New Job Market

Everybody gets to be a mogul of their own media empire these days. It's pretty much a requirement to find a job in the post-recession economy. To a certain degree, we all need to use the digital tools and techniques available to broadcast ourselves to our target audience in the job market.

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Building A Firm Foundation For Your Digital Job Search

The creative, digital resume has definitely reached the tipping point. If you're looking for a new or better job and you're still strictly sticking to the old-school format, you're missing out on some great opportunities to sell yourself using social media, creative design and multimedia tools like video. At the same time, though, you don't want to get so far out in left field that you leave the job search stadium. Learn the where the foul lines are first and you'll be in good shape.

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EFAM: Don't Leave Your Career In The Cold

In my last post, I summarized a recent report on big technology trends that will impact office professionals over the next several years. The post ends with a call to action: invest in professional development or risk irrelevance in your career. This post is a short follow-up on how to make that investment.

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5 Tech Trends Impacting Administrative Professionals

The wave of office technology is now a tsunami, according to a recent report. It’s a trend that’s rapidly washing away old tools and techniques and creating a new ecosystem for business: collaborative, mobile, adaptable, responsive and informative.

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