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Taking on More Work Due to Downsizing? Want to Ask for a Raise? Read This!

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A common question I’m hearing lately goes something like this: My organization has recently downsized and now I’m doing more work covering for some colleagues who were laid off. I think I deserve a raise, but is that a reasonable request given that we just had to let people go?

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Secrets to Achieving Work/Life Harmony (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “Secrets to Achieving Work/Life Harmony.” ” Webinar Description: You have a “professional” life and a “personal” life, right? But ultimately, it’s all just life, isn’t it? So, how do you balance it all?

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Is Your Job in Danger?

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As a career coach, I often work with people when they’re dealing with an expected job loss. They’ve either been terminated for cause, laid off, or asked to resign. In any case, it’s never an easy situation. Most people tell me they were blindsided—they had no idea!

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The Power of Modern Business Etiquette (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “The Power of Business Etiquette.” ” Webinar Description: Etiquette may sound like an antiquated term, but it’s a concept that still very much applies in our modern business world.

Leading Without Authority: Tips for the “Unofficial” Leader (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of Leading Without Authority: Tips for the “Unofficial” Leader. Date : Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Time : 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern.

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How to Stop Complaining About Work (and Why You Need To)

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Not long ago, I wrote an article on the topic of chronic complainers. It focused on how to deal with these kinds of folks because, let’s be honest, no one likes a whiner. And yet, it seems most workplaces are crawling with them. But then it dawned on me…What if (dare I say it) YOU are the pesky complainer in your office? Sure, we all have complaints—about work, life, you name it. Things are never as perfect as we’d like them to be.

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5 Tips for Working Without Direct Supervision

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As I write this, we are in the midst of a global pandemic, which has changed the way we live and work. Many professionals are working from hom e for the first time. Based on the questions I’m receiving and complaints I’m hearing, quite a few are struggling as they attempt to work without direct supervision. Look, let’s be honest: No one likes a micro-manager.

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Ready for Anything! How to Practice Proactive Career Management (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of Ready for Anything! How to Practice Proactive Career Management. Date : Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Time : 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern.

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Adjusting to the New Normal: How to Cope with Rapid Change

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A lot has happened in just a short period of time. It’s enough to make your head spin, right? In the past two weeks, the world as we know it has dramatically changed in response to the COVID-19 virus. Many professionals are now working from home for the first time with little to no preparation. In some areas, schools have also closed, which means these same folks are trying to care for their kids and prevent them from falling too far behind in their studies.

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How to Become a More Valuable Employee

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These days, people talk a lot about adding value in the workplace. Specifically, everyone wants to know how to become a more valuable employee. After all, when you add more value at work, you should (in theory) receive more value as well. It’s only natural; contributing at greater levels should enable you to earn at greater levels too. In my newest book, The Invisibility Cure , I cover this topic in depth.

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What’s the Difference? Career Advancement vs. Career Progression (Video)

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This video is an excerpt from a live training webinar hosted by Chrissy Scivicque, Career Coach & Corporate Trainer. The full video and worksheet are available in the Career Success Library. The topic of this webinar was, “Career Advancement for Administrative Professionals.” In this excerpt, Chrissy explains the difference between two important terms: Career Advancement and Career Progression.

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How to Get Others to Value Your Work

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During my monthly webinars , I often hear a handful of the same questions. A common one goes something like this: “The people I work with think my job is inferior. They look down on me (and my role). How do I get others to value my work more?”. This question hits particularly close to home for administrative professionals. As a proud former admin myself, I know what it’s like to feel that your work isn’t valued.

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Beware of Toxic Productivity: Tips for Working While Under Stress

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For most of us, “productivity” is something positive, desirable, even healthy —especially when it comes to work. But productivity also has a dark side, which I’ve been experiencing more and more recently. Perhaps you have too, but maybe you don’t even realize it. Toxic Productivity is so insidious, it often goes unchecked for long periods. It tends to appear most in times of stress, which we (collectively, as a society) are currently enduring in extreme quantities.

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Time and The Mind: Shifting Your Time Management Mindset (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of Time and The Mind: Shifting Your Time Management Mindset. Date : Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Time : 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern. Sign up for the Eat Your Career Newsletter to receive registration information: [link]. Time management is one of the most popular topics for professional development, and it’s easy to see why: Almost everyone in the working world feels overwhelmed by their workload.

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How to Focus with an “Open Door” Policy (Video)

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This video is an excerpt from a live Q&A session with Chrissy Scivicque, Career Coach & Corporate Trainer. The full video is available in the Career Success Librar y. A participant asks: My question is about how to take time for professional development in the midst of a busy work day. I work in a school and my desk is located in the front office suite.

Is It Okay to Talk About a Former Boss? (Video)

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This video is an excerpt from a live Q&A session with Chrissy Scivicque, Career Coach & Corporate Trainer. The full video is available in the Career Success Librar y. A participant in our recent Q&A (Ask the Career Coach) session asked: How can we be honest to our potential employers that we left our current positions because of bad relationships with our supervisor/boss?

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How Assistants Can Deal with Difficult Bosses (Video)

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This video is an excerpt from a live Q&A session with Chrissy Scivicque, Career Coach & Corporate Trainer. The full video is available in the Career Success Librar y. A participant in our recent Q&A (Ask the Career Coach) session asked: My executive treats me like a servant rather than a business partner. I’ve told him in previous conversations regarding him being late to appointments/interviews, that I’m looking out for his brand, and he has told me that is not necessary.

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How to Speak the Language of Project Management

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of Career Advancement for Administrative Professionals. Date : Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Time : 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern. Sign up for the Eat Your Career Newsletter to receive registration information: [link]. Project management is an entire field of study in and of itself. But many people, in many roles, manage projects in an “unofficial” capacity.

Administrative Assistant vs. Executive Assistant: What’s the Difference?

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As many of my regular readers already know, I am a proud former administrative professional. I have a deep admiration and appreciation for those who dedicate themselves to support roles, which is one of the reasons I now focus a large part of my corporate training business on working with administrative teams. Of course, the admin field has changed a lot in the past few decades (more on that in a future article).

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How to Use Downtime at Work Productively

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As we head into the dreary winter months, I am reminded of the seasonality of business. In most organizations, there is a natural ebb and flow that occurs. Things get predictably busy at certain times of the year, just as things get predictably slow at other times. For my business, the month of December is always blessedly slow—and I like to take advantage. In fact, I have a whole list of projects I’ve been saving up all year! I can’t wait to dive into it.

2019 155

5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Awareness

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I am a firm believer that all growth starts with understanding yourself. Before you can grow as a person or as a professional, you have to first know who you are and why you do what you do. This skill is commonly referred to as “self-awareness,” and it’s an important element of emotional intelligence , which is widely considered a key factor in life and career success. Taking time to improve your self-awareness is one of the most powerful things you can do to support your development.

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Task vs. Project: What’s the Difference? (Video)

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This video is an excerpt from a live training webinar hosted by Chrissy Scivicque, Career Coach & Corporate Trainer. The full video and worksheet are available in the Career Success Library. The topic of this webinar was, “How to Speak the Language of Project Management.” In this excerpt, Chrissy explains the difference between a project and a task (two things which are often confused!).

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How to Write a Professional Development Plan

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This is the second article in a two-part series on the topic of Professional Development Plans. In the first part of this series, you learned that a professional development plan (or PDP) is a written document used to focus, evaluate and prioritize professional development goals and activities. In this article, you’re going to learn exactly what should be included in a PDP document and the simple 10-step process I use to write a PDP.

2019 166

7 Ways Admins Can Do More Meaningful Work

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As a proud former administrative professional—and a current admin trainer and coach—I believe that support professionals can play an invaluable role in the workplace. Of course, that’s not always the case. There is a wide array of roles that qualify as “administrative” in nature, and a wide variety of people who occupy them. Some admins simply follow instructions and do what is asked of them—no more, no less. They meet expectations, but they aren’t really challenged.

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Career Advancement for Administrative Professionals (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of Career Advancement for Administrative Professionals. April is Admin Appreciation Month! Consequently, this month’s webinar is devoted to administrative professionals. If you’re not an admin, you are still welcome to attend. However, you may find more benefit from some of our past webinars available in the Career Success Library. Date : Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Time : 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern.

How to Move from Administrative Assistant to Executive Assistant

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As a proud, former Administrative Professional and Executive Assistant, I pride myself on providing real-world career training and advice for the admin community. A question I hear frequently is this: “How do I move from being an Administrative Assistant to becoming an Executive Assistant?” In this article, I’m going to offer my take on this.

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5 Tips to Help You Make a Winning First Impression

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As the saying goes, a first impression is a lasting impression. Those precious first few moments of interaction with a new contact can have a major impact on how that person sees you for the entirety of your relationship. A bad first impression can be difficult (and sometimes impossible) to overcome, while a good one can help you stand out in a positive and memorable way.

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What Does It Really Mean to Be Proactive at Work?

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The word proactive is often tossed around in the workplace with little context. If you’re reading this article, it’s safe to assume you’ve heard it. Perhaps you’ve even been instructed to “be more proactive.” But you may be wondering what it really means to be proactive at work. This is the critical question that never seems to get addressed—and it’s why so many professionals struggle with the concept. This question is what drove me to write my book, “The Proactive Professional.”

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How Long Should You Stay at Your Job?

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As you may know, I host a free Q&A session every month. ( You can sign up to be a part of them here. During this time, I put on my “career coach” cap and answer questions submitted by participants related to your career and workplace issues. It’s truly one my favorite things to do! Oddly, there seems to be a handful of the questions that get asked over and over again. One of them goes something like this: How long should I stay at the same job in the same organization?

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How to List Skills Gained Outside of Work on Your Resume

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Past work experience is, of course, the most important part of your resume. It’s meant to show a prospective employer that you have all the skills required to do the job for which you are applying, and that you’ve used those skills before in a professional capacity. But what if you’re applying for a position that requires skills you didn’t gain through your past professional experience, but rather, skills you gained outside of work? Can you include those skills on a resume, and if so, how?

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How to Make Smart Career Decisions (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “How to Make Smart Career Decisions.” ” Date : Wednesday, January 22, 2019. Time : 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern. Sign up for the Eat Your Career Newsletter to receive registration information: [link]. How to Make Smart Career Decisions (Webinar). Career decisions shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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How to Get Ahead at Work Without a College Degree

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When I was growing up, there was never a question about whether or not I would go to college. The only question was, where ? I was very fortunate to come from a family with the financial means to make this my reality. However, not everyone has that same opportunity—and quite frankly, many don’t have the interest in college (or interest in taking on the debt required for it these days).

2019 146

Admin Tip: How to Get Your Boss to Give You More Control

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April is Admin Appreciation Month, so today I’m sharing some tips specifically for all of you hardworking admins. As a proud, former executive assistant, I know how challenging your role can be. One of the most common frustrations I hear from admins goes something like this: “How am I supposed to be a true partner for my executives when they are so hesitant to release control?”.

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How to Position Yourself for Management (Free Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “How to Position Yourself for Management.”. Let’s be honest: Management isn’t for everyone. It takes a specific set of skills to be a great manager, and some people just don’t have what it takes. Others certainly can do it, but they’d rather not. Sadly, some folks don’t figure that out until after they’ve made the shift. Then, they realize that being a manager is a lot harder than it looks from the outside.

2019 152

How to Be a Tech Savvy Professional (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of How to Be a Tech Savvy Professional. When asked to cite their biggest workplace frustration, many professionals say, “Keeping up with technology!” Nearly all fields are facing a rapidly, continually changing technical landscape. Whether learning a new or updated software system, adjusting to upgraded hardware, or simply trying to better utilize the technology you already know, most people agree it’s a serious challenge.

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Career Advancement is a Privilege, Not a Right

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I’ve encountered a number of counterproductive attitudes in the workplace, but one in particular really bothers me. Too many people out there think they deserve career advancement for all the wrong reasons. For example, they believe they’re entitled to it because they’ve worked at the company for a certain number of years. Or, they think it’s justified because someone else just got promoted…and it’s only fair that they should as well.

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7 Ways to Position Yourself as an Admin Leader

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As a proud former administrative professional , I’ve always enjoyed being a part of the admin community. In fact, from the moment I got involved in the field, I wanted to be an admin leader. I felt called to it from day 1. I loved the work and the people, and (even as a total novice) I thought I had something valuable to offer. So, back in 2006, I started a blog for admins called The Executive Assistant’s Toolbox, where I shared tips and tricks for success in the field.

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The Art of Career Crafting (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of The Art of Career Crafting. Date : Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Time : 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern. Sign up for the Eat Your Career Newsletter to receive registration information: [link]. No job is perfect. However, there are almost always things you can do to make an imperfect job a little closer to perfect.

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How to Hide Your Age on Your Resume

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As a career coach and professional resume writer , I work with a lot of “older” job seekers. I use quotes there because age is relative. It always surprises me that the people most concerned with age discrimination are usually women in their mid- to late-forties. I hardly consider this old! However, when launching a job search, insecurities are often heightened, and age discrimination is, indeed, a real thing.

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The Benefits of Workplace Routines and How to Set Them Up

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I’m a huge fan of workplace routines. I use them on a daily and weekly basis, and I truly believe they play a major role in my productivity. Workplace routines are like rituals—specific, pre-established ways of doing things that need to happen on a regular basis. Most people utilize a variety of routines in both their personal and professional lives. For example, you may have a morning routine at home.

2019 145

The Vanishing Executive Assistant? My Response

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Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal published an interesting (though highly controversial) article titled, “ The Vanishing Executive Assistant.”. And WOW, did it cause an uproar in the admin community! I’m pretty sure that was the author’s intent so, well done…? This is my response to that article and my defense of the Executive Assistant role. Admittedly, I am biased. As a proud former admin and EA, and a current trainer for the administrative community , I have a unique vantage point.

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How To Bring More Love Into Your Work

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Love isn’t something most of us think about at work. We’re professionals after all. But, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. You see, love doesn’t have to be about romance. I actually believe the essence of love is much more profound than that. I also believe we can bring the spirit of love with us everywhere we go, including to the workplace—and when we do, I believe we have the power to change our experience of work.

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How Long is Normal to Go Without a Raise?

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In my monthly Q&A sessions, I commonly receive a lot of questions about raises. This one comes up frequently: How long is “normal” to go without a raise? Is it a problem to have the same salary for 5 years or more? Here are my thoughts on the subject and some key points you should keep in mind if you’re experiencing pay stagnancy. Some organizations adjust pay annually by a minimal amount (like 2 or 3 percent) to keep up with inflation and the rising cost of living.

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