Casual Friday

By | Feb 29, 2008

It’s Friday again, and time to kick back and have some mindless fun on the weekend. This site has some great time wasters for you to relax with.  They aren’t really mindless, but they are fun. Enjoy!  I’ll be back next week with more tips and tricks for you.

Create an Auto fill-in form in Access

By | Feb 28, 2008

When you’re doing data entry, you want to minimize keystrokes as much as possible to save time (not to mention prevent carpal tunnel). Because we all love to save time, don’t we? One good way to save keystrokes is to have fields fill-in automatically as you enter data. For example, once you enter the customer […]

Don’t ask….Don’t Tell

By | Feb 26, 2008

Confidentiality.  It’s possibly the single most important topic for an administrative assistant.  As an AA, you have access to an incredible amount of information, not just about the company and it’s employees, but about your boss’s private life as well.  I don’t think I have been in an interview since I got to the administrative […]

To Certify or Not to Certify

By | Feb 24, 2008

That is the question.  The certification I’m talking about is the Certified Professional Secretary (CSP) or Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certifications offered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAA). There are a variety of reasons to go the route of certification.  The main one, though, is job fluidity.  Let’s face it, in today’s economy […]

Casual Friday

By | Feb 22, 2008

Well…it’s Friday, and we’re all anxiously looking forward to the weekend.  I’ve decided to keep things light on Friday and offer to you something interesting to pass the time over the weekend.  Casual Friday will be a regular feature of Administrative Arts. Today, spurred by all the political activity lately here in the U.S., I […]

The Boss/Assistant Relationship

By | Feb 20, 2008

No, no, no…not that kind of relationship! Goodness gracious, get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about the relationship that exists between a boss and his administrative assistant.   At least, the relationship that should exist between a boss and his admin. One of the questions I am often asked on interviews is my […]

Never Forget Another E-mail

By | Feb 18, 2008

A fairly common occurrence in the life of an administrative assistant is getting an e-mail requesting a task to be performed. It is very easy to set a reminder on that e-mail so you don’t forget to complete the task. Right click on the e-mail Choose Follow Up on the shortcut menu and then Add […]

Proofread Like a Professional

By | Feb 16, 2008

Whether you are proofreading letters for your boss, proofing a newsletter going out to clients or working for the affordable papers service so that have to even double-check the written text, – an administrative assistant will always need good proofreading skills. You want everything that leaves your office to attest to the professionalism and quality […]

Software Training from Microsoft

By | Feb 14, 2008

Yes, there are other office products out there besides Microsoft Office. But if you work in the administrative field for any length of time, you’ll soon discover that Microsoft Office is the industry standard for office administration. And, when you reach the upper echelons of your administrative career, you will be expected to know the […]

You may not read minds, but convince your boss you can!

By | Feb 10, 2008

Which is my way of saying…anticipate your boss’s needs. That may seem to be self-evident, but it’s something we, as administrative assistants, forget sometimes. Here are just a few tips to staying ahead of the game. Every afternoon before leaving the office, check your boss’s calendar for the next day. If he has a meeting […]

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