Hourly vs Saleried: Are You Losing Money?

By | Aug 31, 2009

photo credit: Tracy O If you are improperly classified as a salaried employee, you could be losing a lot of money. In big corporations, whether you’re an hourly or salaried employee is usually a decided by HR in order to comply with labor laws.  However, many small businesses don’t have an HR employee, much less […]

Dealing With Difficult Customers: The Basics

By | Aug 28, 2009

photo credit: Zach Klein The dreaded difficult customer, you know them as soon as they walk in the door.  It’s in their stance, the look on their face, their tone of voice and general body language.  The arrival of a difficult customer, though, does not have to spoil your whole day.  There are ways to […]

Grammar Tip: Easier vs Easily

By | Aug 26, 2009

photo credit: quinn.anya Proofreading is an essential skill for all administrative support personnel.  In addition to spelling and typos, you also need to be looking for proper word usage.  In a previous post, I talked about confusing the words Prospective and Perspective.  Today I have another pair of words that I often find misused. Easier […]

I’m Back….and With a Contest!

By | Aug 26, 2009

Hello, everyone. Yes, Administrative Arts is finally back up and running.  A big Thank You to all of you who have sent me e-mails over the past few months to check up on me.  I really appreciate how much you guys care, and it really spurred me on to get the blog back up and […]

Pumping Up Your Resume

By | Feb 4, 2009

Today, in the second installment of my Laid Off series, let’s talk about resumes.  Let’s face it, with so many people out of work and so many fewer employers hiring, there’s going to be a lot of competition for each job.  A potential employer is likely to spend only 10-15 seconds examining your resume before […]

So You’ve Been Laid Off

By | Feb 2, 2009

It’s a real kick in the gut, isn’t it?  Even if you’ve been expecting it, it just does something to you when you lose your job.  Having been down this path twice in the last two years, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned from my own experiences of being laid off.  All […]

10 Things To Do When You Have Nothing To Do

By | Jan 19, 2009

photo credit: sunshinecity One piece of advice that I give to every up-and-coming administrative assistant is this: NEVER SIT IDLE!  If you have nothing to do, then go out and find something to do.  Occasionally, though, you do find yourself temporarily at loose ends, so here’s a list of 10 things to do when you […]

Working With Confidential Documents

By | Jan 12, 2009

photo credit: ivoryelephantphotography As you progress in your career as an Administrative Assistant, and especially as an Executive Assistant, you’ll be working more and more with confidential documents.  Pretty much every interview you go on will ask you about your experience in handling  these types of documents.  Below are some tips for properly handling confidential […]

5 Tips for Appropriate Casual Friday Dress

By | Jan 5, 2009

  Photo from Morque File We all love Fridays, especially if our employer allows us to dress down.  Some people, however, take Casual Friday a bit too far.  Here’s some tips to appropriate dress on Casual Friday. Do not also forget to repair your leaking roof and roof repair can help you with that. Casual […]

Top 10 Posts of 2008

By | Dec 31, 2008

2008 is almost over.  I want to thank all of my readers who have helped me come so far this year.  You guys are all wonderful!  When I started Administrative Arts just 10 months ago, I never thought I’d reach a monthly readership of over 2500 unique visitors and over 13,000 page views. Thanks so […]

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