Ask the Admin: Recurring Hourly Tasks in Outlook

By | Mar 15, 2010

I had a request from a reader about setting up recurring tasks in Outlook on an hourly basis.  I know of only two options, both of which are workarounds.  After doing some Google searches, I haven’t found anything else better, though. Use the Snooze Button The first option is to set a daily recurring task […]

Ask the Admin: Becoming a Virtual Assistant

By | Feb 4, 2010

I received this e-mail from Andrea: On my personal day off, I’ve been thinking about leaving my cubicle assistant job–where I’m basically working as assistant for a bank via a real-estate holding company–and making it a start-up business for myself.  I want to become a virtual admin assistant with an added value of research assistant […]

Ask the Admin – What More Do I Need?

By | Feb 3, 2010

I received this e-mail from Kathy: I have a AA in Business Administration with a concentration in management, a bookkeeping diploma and a administrative assistant diploma and I still have a hard time getting an administrative assistant job. As for experience I would say i have the bear minimum because of where I live. What […]

Ask the Admin: Staying in Touch While Traveling

By | Feb 2, 2010

Lisa sent me the following e-mail: Do you have any tips or advice for communicating daily, weekly or priority items when traveling for weeks at a time. Thanks for your e-mail, Lisa.  As it happens, I worked for 3 years for one boss who traveled almost 50% of his time, so I learned a great […]

Ask the Admin: Dealing With a Difficult Boss

By | Nov 6, 2009

Today we have another question from a reader: how do you handle a difficult boss? Here’s the e-mail I received: How do you deal with a boss who’s not only moody, but crazy? I swear she must be bi-polar. She will fly off the handle at the smallest thing – and everything in the world […]

Ask the Admin: Scheduling Tasks for Others

By | Oct 30, 2009

And we have another question about Microsoft Outlook, this time about scheduling e-mails. Json asked in his e-mail: Hi I read your article about setting up recurring tasks and wonder if there is any way to do automatic email reminders to my staff. My staff members have tasks with different due dates. For example, staff […]

Ask the Admin: Set up Recurring Tasks at 8 Month Intervals

By | Oct 28, 2009

I had a question stemming from my post on setting up recurring tasks in Microsoft Outlook.  Pierre wants to know how to set up a task to recur at 8 month intervals. This is actually quite easy.  If you look at the Task Recurrence Window: If you choose Monthly as the recurrence period, you’ll see […]

Ask the Admin: Writing a Resignation Letter

By | Sep 16, 2009

Regardless of why you’re quitting your job, you always want to leave on a good note.  Even if your boss is the worst in the world and has made your life a living hell, remember to always, always, always leave a good impression behind you.  You never know when you’ll need a reference or perhaps […]

Ask the Admin: Watermarks in MS Word Part II

By | Sep 4, 2009

NOTE: Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a Starbuck’s Gift Card. In my last post, I showed you how to make a graphic into a watermark in Microsoft Word.  Today, I’ll show you how to do the same thing with text using WordArt.  The reason we use WordArt is because a text box […]

New Job? What to do on your first day

By | Dec 8, 2008

So, you’re starting a new job as an Administrative or Executive Assistant.  What do you do to make sure you start off on the right foot and are able to hit the ground running? First Things First Your first task should be to sit down with your new boss and find out exactly what he/she […]

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