How to wield authority like an exec

January 13, 2012 Categorized in: Advancement

Does your mind work like an executive’s? When Jodith Allen first stepped into the job of executive assistant, she received a swift lesson in thinking like a manager. Here’s what happened:
“What do you do?” Be prepared for this question before you head to any networking event because you’ll probably be asked dozens of times … Need someone to make a decision? Approach him in the morning. “Decision fatigue” is a very real phenomenon affecting people who have to grapple with an ever-increasing number of choices.
Protect your job—or set yourself up for a promotion—by communicating your quantifiable on-the-job results at a moment’s notice. Warm up with this exercise:

What gives an admin ‘wow’ factor?

December 12, 2011 Categorized in: AdvancementRecognition

Being a stellar admin requires the skills of a mind-reader. So it was a boon recently when admins heard two executives speak candidly at the 18th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence about the administrative profession.

1-Minute Strategies: Dec. ’11

December 1, 2011 Categorized in: AdvancementTeamwork

Focus on knowing where to get information quickly rather than knowing how to do everything … Watch what you say on Face­book: More than 90% of job-screeners say they’re using social network tools to weed out applicants … Take the lead in developing your own professional skills.

Career mistake #4

November 30, 2011 Categorized in: AdvancementProblem Solving

Executive search firm CEO Skip Freeman calls it “Fatal Career Mis­­take #4”—not branding yourself as a person who can save or make money for a company. These days, you won’t be hired merely because you have the know-how, he says. You’ve got to be a problem-solver.

1 in 5 know a résumé fibber

November 15, 2011 Categorized in: Advancement

A recent survey by OfficeTeam reveals that one in five em­­ployees knows someone who has lied on his or her résumé. Here’s the type of information employees are most often misrepresenting or exaggerating about:

Admin career advice that never gets old

November 10, 2011 Categorized in: Advancement

A few bits of career counsel from Lilit Marcus’ Save the Assistants: A guide to surviving and thriving in the workplace: Know the difference between a job and a career. Do your job, and do it really, ­really well.  Pay your dues intelligently. Learn everybody’s name and develop the right allies.
If you have the gift of gab, it can limit your opportunities to move ahead. Communications pro Barbara Pachter offers these tips to rein in loquaciousness:

Spruce up your executive presence

October 19, 2011 Categorized in: AdvancementRecognition

Janie used to wear a ponytail to work, along with scant makeup, khakis, sweaters and loafers. Then a “Power of Image” workshop changed how she presented herself. Now, when she shares her ideas with senior managers, they listen and buy in to what she’s saying.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure. This old management adage ex­­plains why most bosses want administrative professionals to create measurable goals. But how do you measure results in a job that’s often about responding to others’ needs?
Gauge your long-term prospects with your current organization by assessing its bottom line and culture. Here are the questions you’ll need to answer and the steps you’ll need to take, divided into four key parts:
What helped clinch this year’s OfficeTeam Administrative Excellence Award for Deborah Carter? … Perk up your daily emails with MeebleMail … Double-check your work. A survey by Accountemps shows that “lack of attention to detail/sloppy work” is the No. 1 pet peeve of CFOs …