Skills Check

Skills Check offers articles to help you boost your skill set with technology tips and shortcuts; communication strategies to improve presentations; self-assessments on work- and career-related topics; problem-solving techniques; and negotiation tactics on how best to deal with bosses, co-workers, clients and vendors.

Why you should upgrade your skills

August 1, 2019 Categorized in: Skills Check

Administrative professional career development and career satisfaction are greatly enhanced by professional training. Honing your skills keeps you competitive and ready for advancement.
You are a top-performing, high-achieving assistant who has accomplished much. So where do you go from here? What might be missing from your bag of skills?

Do you speak computerese?

December 6, 2018 Categorized in: Skills Check

Here is a glossary of terms you can use to increase your cyber vocabulary, from www.ourcommunity.com.au.
Megan Trzcinski of LaSalle Network urges admins to remember these skills that can’t be taught from a textbook.
Next time you’re preparing for a moment in the spotlight, rehearse in front of a video camera. Then view the video, staying as objective as possible. “People will judge you by your appearance and your body language. And they’ll do it quickly,” says Carol Kinsey Goman, executive coach and author of The Nonverbal Advantage.

A hard look at soft skills

October 5, 2017 Categorized in: Admin to AdminSkills Check

Sometimes it’s worth taking a hard, honest and brutal look at our soft skills. As administrative professionals, we often worry more about keeping up our technical skills, while our interpersonal and self-management attributes end up on the lower rack of our administrative toolkit.
Julie Perrine, founder and CEO of All Things Admin, reminds us that dropping someone into your job for even a few days is twice as complicated as you think it is, and she won’t let you take carefully organized procedures for granted.
They’re out there, hiding, ready to sneak up on your document and make it look amateurish. Can you stop them before the damage is done?
To get the information you really need to do your job well, you have to listen—not just “hear,” but really listen. How’s your approach to active listening? Take this quiz and find out:

Lessons from Admin Pro Forum 2016

July 11, 2016 Categorized in: Skills Check

Administrative Professional Today held its first skills-building conference, Admin Pro Forum, for administrative professionals June 15–17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

SharePoint admin woes

June 9, 2016 Categorized in: Skills Check

Quick launch quirks; Site space; SharePoint governance

3 soft skills you can’t skip

March 18, 2016 Categorized in: Skills Check

While you can find many classes that focus on technical skills in the workplace, it’s the soft skills that we’re often left without training on.
No matter how well we plan our projects and define our goals and objectives, sometimes it seems like putting out fires is the most important task in our job descriptions. How well do you handle crises that break up your workflow? Take this quiz and find out.