Careers

What I came to believe after many interviews, and during the hours spent reworking cover letters, is that we don't have to look much farther than the intangible skills we learned in preschool: How to play well and communicate with others; how to experiment with new games; how to trust our intuition to choose what station to play at next and how to focus and listen at story time. And yes, sometimes how to slow down enough for naptime.

When the recession hit in 2008, I naively thought it wouldn’t affect me—not in a personal way that meant losing my job, a foreclosure on my home or being unable to afford medical care. I had a steady job, a place to live, and was single with minimal expenses. Entirely of my own choosing, I quit my job in 2011 in order to travel abroad. When I returned to the States I had to recant my naïve assumption of immunity to the economic crisis.

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Top 10 Cities Where Your Paycheck Will Run Out Of Steam

In a previous post (“Top 10 Cities Where Your Paycheck Packs A Powerful Punch”), IAAP Key Partner OfficeTeam’s 2014 Salary Guide was analyzed to reveal the top cities for administrative professionals in terms of overall salaries and salaries compared to the

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Top 10 Cities Where Your Paycheck Packs A Powerful Punch

IAAP Key Partner OfficeTeam recently released its 2014 Salary Guide. This annual publication is packed with useful information for administrative professionals.

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7 Reasons You Need A Professional Portfolio

A professional portfolio can be an administrative professional’s biggest ally when it comes to asking for a promotion or interviewing for a new job. However, this valuable tool isn’t just for job-seekers – it’s for anyone who’s serious about his/her career.

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4 Skills Needed To Succeed As A Virtual Administrative Assistant

Becoming a virtual administrative assistant can be an excellent career move. But, like any other job, there are certain requirements. Providing administrative support is challenging enough when you’re a staff member in a traditional office. Working virtually adds another layer of complexity. Plus, you need to go out of your way to prove to a client that you are worth the investment.

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5 Advantages And Disadvantages of Becoming A Virtual Administrative Assistant

Whether you are shown the door or you remain, layoffs are miserable. After experiencing my third round of layoffs, I decided I would stop looking for the perfect job and would create the perfect job by starting my virtual administrative assistant service.

This is the first in a series of blog posts about making the transition to being a virtual administrative assistant. The goal of these posts is to provide some useful information for administrative professionals who may want to take the big (and very scary) step from being an employee to business owner.

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5 Steps To An Effective Digital Letter of Recommendation

If it’s your first job or your fifth job, you always want to leave on good terms. Your goal should always be to gather a letter of recommendation from two or three of your professional colleagues. These letters can be very important as you move forward in your career.

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4 Ways To Prepare For Your Best Performance Review Yet

Performance reviews can be the stuff of nightmares and fill competent professionals with fear, anxiety, and dread. Why? One reason employees dread reviews is because many companies, and even more managers, don’t understand the function and value of reviews as an opportunity for employee engagement, motivation and growth.

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Personal Branding: Marketing Yourself in the Workplace

By Barbara Ellis

When starting a job search, personal branding should be at the top or your priority list. A strong personal brand helps you to stand out in a crowded job market and distinguishes you from the competition where other traditional indicators might not.

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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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