Impress the Hiring Manager -- and the Receptionist

On The Job

And to top it off, I saw him swipe one of our magazines off the coffee table and stick it in his briefcase.” You stroll into the job interview, feeling pretty confident. You’re got the qualifications the employer is looking for, and believe you really connected with the hiring manager. When you leave, you expect to be getting a call soon. You feel you’ve got this job in the bag. But after you leave, something happens.

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Organize Magazine RIP

Clutter Coach

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Overworked? Unload Your Workload to a Freelancer!

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By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Filed Under: Prioritize , Productivity D o you need extra help with your workload ? I work for a magazine and we hire freelancers for all sorts of reasons. Home About Me Advertise Overworked? Unload Your Workload to a Freelancer! Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks that keep getting piled on your desk like a never ending mountain of files?

Small Business Start-Up Idea – Weight Loss Consultation | THE.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Weight Loss Consultation by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 30, 2008 In recent years there has been a far greater emphasis placed on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer!

Small Business Start-Up Idea – Sign-Making Service | THE SMALL.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Sign-Making Service by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 09, 2008 Sign manufacture is a fun way for you to earn some extra income. E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral. Build your own network!

IAAP, Yahoo and Air Travel

Laughing all the Way to Work

As part of my membership I get a subscription to IAAP's magazine OfficePro and also to their e-newsletter OfficePro Express. I am a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Both of these are excellent sources of information for the administrative assistant. I thought I would pass on something from the e-newsletter because this week there was a link to a Yahoo article with a list of 20 Tips from Air Travel Insiders.

Are we in the budget?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Is there a budget for magazines and newsletters related to your profession? A good question to ask your office manager or HR person would be, “Is there a budget for the administrative staff?” Here are some things that I have often wondered about, but was always afraid to ask: Is there a budget for education for the administrative staff? Some organizations have this in the employee benefit package.

5 Blogging Misconceptions

Laughing all the Way to Work

Blogging has opened the door to having some articles published in professional magazines. I don’t have any friends, therefore I blog. Nope, I have lots of family and friends. They are all supportive of my blogging efforts and cheer me on. They don’t read my blog however because they can get it first hand.See #2. I love to talk and no one will listen, therefore I blog. I talk to my friends and they listen. I talk some more and they walk away.I blog to avoid boring my friends.

Career Blogging: A new way of marketing yourself

Laughing all the Way to Work

There are other sites that have been around for awhile like [link] , which have a professional online magazine called AdminAdvantage, and of course the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) who publish a professional magazine called OfficePro. This August will be my one-year anniversary of starting my blog. It is hard to believe it has been a year already. Over 250 articles later and here I am still blogging.

Teaching Your Boss to be the Boss

Laughing all the Way to Work

I read an interesting article in Canadian Lawyer Associates magazine called "Here to Help" by Helen Burnett. It brings up the subject of young lawyers needing to be taught how to make the most of having an assistant. I think it would apply in all offices. It quotes some very forward thinking law firms who run seminars for new associates on how to work with an assistant. What a great idea for the executive and the assistant.

Hang Around for a Bit and Watch Me Lose My Mind

On The Job

I read a lot already, but there are some things that don't get my interest: my son's car magazine; instructions to any appliance in my home; and a new age book that's very popular right now. When I was a kid, my sisters and I used to make fun of my mother's habit of mangling names. For example, Bob Burke would be called "Bill Bark" by my mother. Bob Burke, Mom!" we would say, laughing and shaking our heads. Bob Burke!" What little smarty pants we were.

The E-tiquette of E-mail

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Tel: 905-820-9909, Saying Thank you in an Email, [link] , (accessed October 22, 2007) (Used with permission) 3 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Color Blindness: More Prevalent Among Males, (1995 report) (Accessed February 2, 2008) (Used with permission) 4 Gaertner-Johnston, Lynn, Business Writing "Talk, tips, and Best Picks for Writers on the Job", Underling: A Bad Choice Online, [link] A version of this article appeared in OfficePro Magazine, January/February 2008 edition.

Showing Initiative When Using Your Letter Opener

Laughing all the Way to Work

I open the junk mail and open any plastic wrappings on magazines to make it easier for my boss to review). Although I rarely get anything of real importance by regular mail, I still receive a lot of mail by courier and by fax. Is there opportunity in the mail? Can we show initiative in this seemingly menial task? I think we can give our boss a sense of confidence in our abilities in how we handle the mail. Here are a few tips: Date stamp the correspondence.

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Survival of the Fittest in the Workplace

On The Job

Or, drop off a golf magazine in her mailbox with a note, "Check out the story on page xx.unbelievable!" My oldest son is preparing to take final exams, and so I decided it was time to share with him my secret tip for writing a great essay on any test: Darwin. Yep, that's it. Darwin , the "survival of the fittest" guy. "It It doesn't matter what subject," I told him. Always mention Darwin and his theory and you'll score well."

Stop Saying "When I Was Your Age"

On The Job

Pick up a copy of Rolling Stone magazine. This is a frightening time for everyone in the workplace, when fears abound about what latest economic downturn will result in layoffs. One of the most vulnerable groups of employees are the experienced workers with their higher salaries and richer benefits. Older workers need to understand that this is the time to ratchet up their game.

At Your Side: Mentoring in the Workplace

Laughing all the Way to Work

Another way you can be mentored indirectly is through reading professional magazines, books, blogs and websites. I once worked for a company where anyone who needed help in a certain area could call on one of their senior administrative assistants, trainers or IT specialists who would come to your desk and walk you through a problem. We called this “at your side” training. When I started at a new employer I thought the concept of having an “at your side” was everywhere.

We are what we think.let’s start thinking “Important!”

Laughing all the Way to Work

I read our professional magazines and notice that the majority of the articles are written by office consultants or HR professionals. Assistants who have come from the days of being a secretary seem to have brought along with them the mindset that “I am just a secretary”. At one time being a secretary was a low paying and underappreciated profession.

Everyone's a Winner!

On The Job

I recently was sent an article by Mother Jones magazine, which touted the headline: "WE'RE ALL #1!" The article included a list of the ways we have become a nation of navel-gazers, continually telling ourselves and our children that we're all terrific. Really terrific. For example: * An analysis of 16,000 students' results on the Narcissistic Personality Profile concluded that undergads are 30 percent more self-absorbed that they were in 1982.

"What am I going to blog about?" How to get new ideas when you are a blogger

Laughing all the Way to Work

I read professional magazines such as OfficePro and Admin Advantage that keep me current on what is going on in our profession. When it comes to blogging I am fortunate because I blog about my profession and since I go into work every day there is usually something that happens that gets me thinking about an article. Since I started blogging in August 2007 I have blogged over 200 posts. I used to blog once or twice a week, now I blog daily.

Babies a Morale Booster on the Job

On The Job

Baby on board: In the never-ending debate about balancing work and family demands, Time magazine has a story on some offices that allow parents to bring their babies to work , especially as more women move into upper-tier positons.

The Laws of Khaki Revealed

On The Job

but Esquire magazine does a terrific job in its latest issue to illuminate more males about what is appropriate. On this Tidbit Tuesday, I'd like to begin with a great quote I found from Mary Pickford, that Hollywood legend who had a way with words: "You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down."

Are you Having a Good Office Hair Day?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Inform your hairdresser that you are an office professional and together you can take a few moments to look at some hair books and magazines for up-to-date styles that would look best on you. As a former hairdresser, I notice hair. I can't help it. One evening after working overtime, I was preparing to go home and noticed a young man getting off the elevator. I wasn't sure if he belonged there, but thought perhaps he was a co-worker's son so didn't question him.

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The Paperless Society: A dream or a necessity?

Laughing all the Way to Work

E-magazines, blogs and feeds are now readily available to pass on information, and I have seen the early stages of on-line books that you can take along with you just as we do with paper books today. There is a lot of talk about the paperless society, but as I look at the office today I can see we still have a long way to go. We have made impressive strides in that direction however with the use of e-mail, word processing, document management systems and the ability to scan documents.

The E-tiquette of E-mail

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise The E-tiquette of E-mail By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Filed Under: Client Service , MS-Outlook E ditor’s note: This is a guest post by Patricia Robb of Laughing all the Way to Work: The Ultimate Secretarial Survival Blog. Posted on 20 February, 2008 7:03 PM The Professional Assistant Hi Jodith, Thanks for the comment.

August 7th Treasure Your Customers day

Make or Break Moments

I first learned about Treasure your Customer Day from Entrepreneur magazine in 2006. It has been since I sold magazines and Camp Fire Girls candy door to door as a kid.

Kindle: The Backward Approach to Customers

Make or Break Moments

University of Miami's Innovative Launch Pad Entrepreneurship Program

Small Business Labs

In 2008 the University of Miami started a student entrepreneurship program called Launch Pad.  Magazine has a nice Launch Pad summary and Business Week also covers it in an article on youth unemployment.   Unlike most academic entrepreneurship programs, it's not a major or set of courses. 

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Small Business Bootstrapping Techniques | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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South By South West Midlands Said on February 28th, 2008 at 4:51 pm [.] low cost business ideas Said on April 10th, 2008 at 11:10 pm the internet has allow the bootstrapper to go to a whole new level. Stefan Töpfer Said on May 28th, 2008 at 8:53 am Carlos, Thank you for your comment.

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Presidential Environmental Track Record and Positions 2012

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On the downside, green leaders dismay Obama’s lack of follow-through on a 2008 campaign promise to label genetically modified foods so that consumers know what they are getting when they buy corn, sugar.

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Outsourcing Options For Small Business | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG » Blog Archive » The Week Ender: 2008 And The Party Is Over Or Is It? Said on January 4th, 2008 at 7:32 am [.] Stefan Töpfer Said on May 31st, 2008 at 8:39 am Hi Judy, Thank you for your comment. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Bad Career Advice: It's Not Personal, It's Business

Eat Your Career

An article written by Jim Welch appeared in Workplace magazine , March 2008 and stated definitively that “the number one reason people leave jobs is because they fail to connect with their bosses as leaders and as people.”

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The Structural Shift to a Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

Small Business Blogs Entrepreneur Magazine Blog Entrepreneurship & Education at the Kauffman Foundation Fresh Inc.

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Book Review: The New Geography of Jobs

Small Business Labs

  This thesis is similar to Richard Florida's views, which are covered in his 2008 bestseller Who's Your City.   You can also read a book excerpt in Salon Magazine , and Brookings has a pretty good review.

Create a Visual for Your Customers

Make or Break Moments

Expecting a typical auto repair store with worn carpet, car and truck magazines and ugly metal chairs I was pleased to walk into an inviting waiting area; warm, clean, comfortable. Even better – the magazines were more to my liking with a recent copy of People Magazine.

Top 5 Tips for Using Technology for Marketing

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For Example – Ads in women’s magazines discuss the weight-loss and calorie burn from cross-country skiing. E-Mail me or follow me. Outsourcing Options For Small Business Focus on your business, timeshare professionals. Starting a Small Business?

Are You A Competent Communicator?

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I came across this great little test in Canada’s Profit magazine to help you determine whether people understand your message or whether they are just nodding along. E-Mail me or follow me. Outsourcing Options For Small Business Focus on your business, timeshare professionals.

Happy 5th Anniversary AllWrite Ink

Make or Break Moments

He wanted Harvard Business Review and I offer People Magazine.

Foreign Born in the US Workforce

Small Business Labs

Small Business Blogs Entrepreneur Magazine Blog Entrepreneurship & Education at the Kauffman Foundation Fresh Inc.   This is little changed from 2008, but up from 14.5%   Again, this is little changed from 2008 but up from 49% in 2004. 

Melba Duncan on the Hot Skills EAs Need For 2009 and Beyond

Stellar Assistants

magazine ( [link] ). The first was in AdminAdvantage (if you don't already subscribe to this publication - I highly endorse it), dated November - December 2008 ( [link] ). Take this quote, for instance: "The "hot skills" in 2008 and beyond are the skills that support indispensability. I'm a HUGE fan of Melba J. Duncan. Rabid , in fact. I was first introduced to her in September 1999, when she was featured on the cover of Inc.