A good, well-timed handshake to pair with your grin is a sure way to stand out, whether you’re at the company picnic or an industry conference. Here’s how important it is: The prospective employee with the best handshake is more likely to get the job, research shows.
Wanting a promotion and earning a promotion are two different things. However, earning a promotion isn’t as hard as everyone perceives.

Keep your professional goals from fizzling

January 14, 2016 Categorized in: Advancement

Has your New Year’s resolution to build your career already fizzled? If so, chances are you didn’t have a strong plan to keep it going.

Over 40? You could stop getting raises

January 13, 2016 Categorized in: Advancement

A study of 200 million Social ­­Security records showed Ameri­­cans stop getting raises once they hit their 40s. While it’s great to continue receiving a peak salary every year, workers often forget to account for the rising inflation that will ultimately lower their income.

Break out into the networking world

January 5, 2016 Categorized in: Advancement

What most shy people don’t realize is that networking is the key to excelling in their career, says Keith Ferrazzi, business coach and author of Never Eat Alone. Here are tips for those that need to break out of their shells and into the networking world.

Creating that perfect ‘about me’ page

January 4, 2016 Categorized in: Advancement

Writing about yourself can be hard. It’s important to get across to your audience what you want them to know while being concise and personable at the same time. Use your website’s “about me” page as a way to introduce yourself by finding the right balance between your personal and professional side, says Nicole Fenton of 99U.

The 6 most lucrative administrator jobs

December 30, 2015 Categorized in: Advancement

The role of an administrative professional is evolving, with job-holders in a wide range of fields taking on more responsibility. Here are some of the best-paying administrator jobs available, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Workplace tips for millennials

December 21, 2015 Categorized in: Advancement

The workplace can be hard to navigate for millennials, especially when you’re working to dispel common myths about your generation. Here are some ways to disprove the common misconceptions and advance in the workplace in your 20s.

How to get better, and more, contacts

December 8, 2015 Categorized in: Advancement

As more people experience frequent job changes, it’s important to have a large personal network you can call on to help you, says Karen Wickre, a self-proclaimed connector and networking guru. Here are her tips for building great contacts over time.

Feeling underutilized at work?

November 26, 2015 Categorized in: Advancement

You’re not alone. According to a new survey from OfficeTeam and the International Asso­­ci­­a­­tion of Administrative Pro­­fes­­sionals, 50% of support staff said they have skills that are not being tapped at work.

Step up and take initiative at work

November 13, 2015 Categorized in: Advancement

Have you ever felt punished for taking initiative and tackling a problem on the job? If so, you’re not alone, says productivity consultant Laura Stack. Don’t let that stop you in the future, though. Instead, consider who you may want to consult before you act again.

4 elements of smart employee goals

November 5, 2015 Categorized in: Advancement

At work, you need individual goals that express what you want to be doing, says ClearCompany CEO Andre Lavoie, who explains the four characteristics of a smart employee goal.
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