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 […]

Mentoring a Young Executive

By | Jan 18, 2010

At some point in your career, you are going to be working for someone who has never had an assistant before. One of the toughest, but most rewarding, jobs an Administrative or Executive Assistant can have is helping a young executive learn how to partner with an assistant. Understanding the Need to Delegate In my […]

How to Organize the Boss’s E-mail

By | Jan 13, 2010

Often as an administrative assistant (and very frequently as an executive assistant), you’ll have the job of monitoring and organizing your boss’s e-mail. This essentially entails reading through his new mail and either replying on his behalf, delegating the e-mail to one of her direct reports, or organizing e-mail that needs a response directly from […]

How to Sabotage a Great Job

By | Dec 14, 2009

You like your job.  You have a good boss, and you’re really good at what you do.  Think you can’t or won’t be fired?  Think again. It doesn’t matter how good you are at your job, certain behaviors can and will get you fired.  And all of these scenarios are things you bring on yourself. […]

How To Really Be on Top of Things as an Administrative Assistant

By | Nov 23, 2009

What’s the chief characteristic of being a great Administrative or Executive Assistant?  It’s knowing everything, or at least seeming like you do.  The best assistants are those that can aptly handle managing the boss’s calendar, sorting his mail and screening her calls without having to always stop and ask for information or permissions.  But how […]

Managing Calendars Part 2: Scheduling More Than Meetings

By | Nov 4, 2009

In my last post, I talked about using discretion in scheduling meetings.  Today, we’ll go into other ways to manage your boss’s calendar to increase his productivity. Keep the Calendar More Full Than It Looks Let’s face it.  If there’s a blank spot on your boss’s calendar, someone’s going to want to schedule a meeting there.  […]

Managing Calendars: More Ways to Keep the Boss More Productive

By | Nov 2, 2009

Last week we talked about helping the boss be more productive by properly screening calls.  This week, let’s explore another way to help the boss be more productive: managing the calendar. More Than Just Scheduling Meetings “Managing the calendar,” you’re thinking.  “Isn’t that just scheduling the boss’s meetings?”  Well, scheduling meetings is just part of […]

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 […]

Interviewing Skills: Turning an Interview into a Job

By | Sep 9, 2009

NOTE: Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a Starbuck’s Gift Card. This post is a continuation of my So You’ve Been Laid Off series. So, your killer resume has resulted in the interview.  Now it’s make or break time.  Nothing else matters.  When you walk in the door for an interview you are […]

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