Advancement

Three “C’s” shape the way other people listen to us, says Susan Mason, of Vital Visions Consultants. If they think we possess competence, character and a can-do attitude, they’ll find us credible, and they’ll be more influenced by what we say.

Admins: Treat yourself April 25

March 22, 2012 Categorized in: Advancement

Don’t wait for someone to celebrate you this year on Administrative Professionals Day. Reward yourself—because you deserve it—by seeking out a growth opportunity.
Administrative professionals and executive assistants often see themselves in their support roles as being “nonleaders.” Nothing, however, could be further from the truth, according to a new book, Who Took My Pen . . . Again?
Give your résumé a 21st century update by making it search-optimized for Google … Memorize this rule when typing: one space after a period at the end of a sentence … Use this email best practice …

Banish these LinkedIn buzzwords

February 22, 2012 Categorized in: AdvancementInternet

LinkedIn recently came out with a list of the year’s most overused professional buzzwords. Comb through your LinkedIn page and résumé to see if they contain these words and phrases:

Why playing nice pays

January 26, 2012 Categorized in: AdvancementWorkplace Etiquette

It still pays to play nice at work, a Robert Half survey confirms. When employees were asked, “In your opinion, to what extent does being courteous to co-workers positively impact a person’s career prospects?” 48% responded it can accelerate advancement.
“Exactly, what is the advantage of LinkedIn?” asks one administrative pro on our online forum. “Many people I know are on it, but no one can say what they get out of it.” According to most admins, the ben­­efits are many, if you use the on­­line tool the right way.

Do you look like you can handle the job?

January 17, 2012 Categorized in: Advancement

A growing body of research confirms what you may have suspected: Looks matter, especially when it comes to making a first impression on others. Surprisingly, though, it’s also the way people draw conclusions about our ability to do a job.

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.