For the Boss: Keeping Your Personal Life Private

By | Mar 31, 2008

In this day of shared calendars, it can be hard to keep your personal life private. No matter how much you trust your administrative assistant, you just want to keep some things to yourself. If you use Microsoft Outlook, you don’t have to be afraid to share your calendars and tasks, because you can mark […]

Casual Friday: Improve your vocabulary and feed the hungry!

By | Mar 28, 2008

We all know how important it is for an administrative assistant to be well spoken, especially if you want to advance in your career. Well, here’s your chance to not only improve your vocabulary but help feed the hungry as well! At Free Rice, for every word you can define correctly, 10 grains of rice […]

Creating Recurring Tasks in Microsoft Outlook

By | Mar 27, 2008

In my last post, I showed you how to create tasks in Microsoft Outlook to provide reminders and help you track your tasks. Today, I’ll cover creating recurring tasks in Outlook. We all have those tasks that we do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. However, if you have a short attention span like […]

Never Lose Track of Another Task

By | Mar 26, 2008

Over the years, I have used a number of different methods to track tasks, from sticky notes stuck to my monitor, to a steno pad to write down tasks. While I still use a steno pad to write down tasks as they come to me, my main organizational tool is Microsoft Outlook. Using the Tasks […]

Organizing Your Desk for Optimum Efficiency.

By | Mar 24, 2008

While I am not a stickler for a neat desk (anyone who works with me will tell you that my desk is not the epitomy of neatness), a certain amount of organization is necessary in our field. We generally have so many daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, not to mention special projects going on, that […]

Casual Friday – Video Games

By | Mar 21, 2008

For the ultimate in fun time sinks, I have one word for you…MMORPGs. Ok, so it’s technically 6 words:  Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games.  Massively Multiplayer Online refers to the fact that you play in a world with other people,  more than the 5 or 6 that you can usually play with together in […]

Butt Kissing for Career Advancement

By | Mar 19, 2008

While flagrant flattery (aka butt kissing) is not recommended for career advancement, having a mentor certainly is. Brian over at TheJobBored wrote an excellent article on LBJ and his career advancement. Some of his advice ties in well with my post on How to Say No to the Boss. A point made in the comments […]

Continued Training

By | Mar 18, 2008

One important aspect of climbing the career ladder is continuing your training. There are any number of seminars and training classes out there available for administrative support personnel, however some of them are terribly expensive. If your employer doesn’t pay for continued training for administrative personnel (and I’ve worked for more than a few who […]

How to say No to the boss, and still keep your job.

By | Mar 16, 2008

As an administrative assistant, one of your most vital duties is to give appropriate feedback to the boss, and let’s face it, that feedback isn’t always positive.  So how do you tell the boss that she just can’t do something without losing your job? Most important, you need to know your boss and her temperament.   […]

Casual Friday: Lolcats

By | Mar 14, 2008

I know lolcats aren’t for everyone, but they just really tickle my funny bone.  My favorite site for browsing various lolcats entries is: Icanhascheezburger.com So, if you’re really in the mood for silly entertainment, try this site out.  Honestly, it makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis.  Just ask my husband who has […]

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