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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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?”

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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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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.

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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.

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Future-Proof Your Career by Developing Project Management Skills

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Did you know that the typical office professional spends about 80% of his or her time working on projects? Research suggests this number is only going to increase in the future. If you think about it, you can quickly see why. Tasks (or single-step operational to-do items) are easily automated. Over the past few years, technology has probably already reduced the number of tasks on your plate; but projects are fundamentally different.

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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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.

2020 139

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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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. Sign up for the Eat Your Career Newsletter to receive registration information: [link]. The working world is unpredictable. Never before has this statement been more true!)

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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.

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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…?

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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.

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 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!

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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.

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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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The Art of Constructive Conflict (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “The Art of Constructive Conflict”. In the workplace, conflict is to be expected—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, though most of us think of it that way.

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How to Raise Your Visibility at Work

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About a year ago, I was hosting a training session on the topic of emotional intelligence. I asked the professionals in the room to shout out some of the feelings they experience on an average workday.

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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.

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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 Set Meaningful Career Goals (Webinar)

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Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “How to Set Meaningful Career Goals.”. Date: Wednesday, December 18. Time: 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern. Duration: 1 hour. Description: Goals are supposed to be motivating and inspiring.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Identify Bad Career Advice

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I’ve written a lot about bad career advice in the past. It’s funny how, once you start thinking it about it, you notice it everywhere. It’s like when you’re looking to buy a new car and then suddenly it seems like everyone in the world drives the exact make and model you want.

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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.

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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).

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How to Plan Events Your Team Will Love (Without the Stress)

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This is a guest post contributed by Eleanor Whitney, editor of All Hands , a publication about life at work from Managed by Q. The benefits of team events are well known. They facilitate interaction between teams, build relationships and empathy between coworkers, and amp up employee engagement.

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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.

2019 160

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.

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