Advancement

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.

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: