March, 2008

Small Business Startup Checklist – Naming Your Business | THE.

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Startup Checklist – Naming Your Business. by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 12, 2008. This is the first of a series of weekly posts focusing on some of the key issues that a small business startup faces

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Impress the Hiring Manager -- and the Receptionist

On The Job

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. The executive asks the administrative assistant, or secretary, to step into the office. “So,” So,” says the executive who interviewed you.

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Thinking Outside the Job Description Box

Laughing all the Way to Work

Today’s assistants are computer savvy, smart and up-and-coming, and consider themselves professionals in the workplace. They are no longer stuck within the job description box, but have the freedom to break out of the mould and redefine their roles and sometimes even change their careers.

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4 Steps to Setting up E-mail Distribution Lists

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you find yourself having to write each person's e-mail address over and over again for certain e-mails? Do you wish that you could make life simpler by just entering one item that would include a list of e-mail addresses

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Small Business Start-Up Idea: Image Consultant | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Start-Up Idea: Image Consultant. by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 11, 2008. This business is ideal for someone who has worked in the corporate world or the media for a number of years and understands the importance of image within

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Small Business Startup Checklist – Company Structure | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

The legal form that your business takes will affect numerous aspects of your business trading. Areas affected include how much control you will have over its operations, the amount of tax you will pay, how much money you can take out of

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Change of Business Ownership | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Change of Business Ownership. by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 17, 2008. An important consideration for a small business owner when looking towards the future is the possibility that the ownership of their business may change

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Mountains of Snow: Ottawa Snowbanks March 2008

Laughing all the Way to Work

Here is a photo of me beside one of the bigger snowbanks in the neighbourhood. I am 5' 9" and this snowbank is at least twice my height. The car that is pulling up behind me belongs to my friends who are just arriving back from a southern cruise.

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Egads Robin! Where's the Batmobile?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Where would we be without a little bit of humour to lighten up our day? This is a picture of a car in my parking lot that was almost totally buried in snow this past weekend. Sometimes we can feel buried at work with all that is on our plate. I'm sort of feeling like that these days.

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Taking Vacation and Needing a Replacement

Laughing all the Way to Work

Now This is a Chair with my Name on it My chair at work is ergonomic and suitable for sitting in front of a computer all day, but I'd much rather be sitting here with my laptop writing a book. Imagine how much I could accomplish in this setting. The itch to go south is upon me.

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Holy Snowbank Batman!

Laughing all the Way to Work

We are shovelling our way out from a big snowfall on the weekend. This is a photo of a friend's daughter by a snowbank that was voted "the biggest snowbank on their block". I have seen some snowbanks over 10 feet high.

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Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message

Professional Assistant Blog

Are you going on vacation? Are you going to be out of the office for a short or even long period of time? Don't forget to set up and turn on your “Out of Office Assistant” on Microsoft Outlook. It's amazing of how many people actually

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Fight or Flight? Dealing with a Difficult Colleague!

Professional Assistant Blog

Have you had or are in a situation where your colleague is making your life miserable? I have been in these types of jobs a few times in the past and let me tell you, it's no laughing matter. A reader recently asked me this question

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Proper Placement of Personal & Confidential on an Envelope

Laughing all the Way to Work

I have always seen the placement of Personal & Confidential on envelopes as follows: PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL Ms. Jocelyn Smith ABC Company Any City Any Province/State Postal Code/Zip Code I would recommend bolding and capitalizing Personal & Confidential to make it stand out.

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The Dreaded Performance Evaluation

On The Job

Everyone hates performance appraisals. Bosses hate them because they have to come up with phrases like "does not model significant think-ratio standards throughout processing" and say them with a straight face. Employees hate them because they know that somehow, someway, the evaluation is going to be used to try and screw them out of a raise. But here's the truth: Performance appraisals aren't going away.

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Some Microsoft 2007 Word Tips (Before you pull your hair out)

Laughing all the Way to Work

My new laptop came with Microsoft 2007. When I opened Word I groaned when I saw how different the toolbar looked, but I have managed to find my way around and thought I would pass on a few things I have discovered. In Microsoft 2007 instead of File you press the Office Button which is located at the top left-hand corner of the screen. The Customize Quick Access Toolbar is located along the top left-hand corner of your screen. Click on the arrow down for different options.

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Plugged in and Tuned Out: Listening to Music While you Work

Laughing all the Way to Work

I am noticing more and more people plugged into their MP3 players on the bus, walking down the street and even at work. I have written previously on how much information assistants can glean from keeping themselves tuned in to what is going on around them that I have to wonder, can administrative assistants work effectively while plugged in to their MP3 players?

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Get A Job With A Thank You Letter

Professional Assistant Blog

Did you just get out of an interview? Did you attend a few recently? Do you really want to get one of the jobs that you just applied for? One of the simplest things you can do to help the manager of your dream firm decide if you are

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Surviving the Loaded Interview Questions

On The Job

Have you ever had a job interview and felt like it was going well until the hiring manager asked you a question and you thought: "Holy Sh**!" It might be something like: 1. What are you going to say to your boss if we offer you this job and he or she gets upset when you say you're going to quit?" The economy is tough right now.are you one of those people who is has been caught up in this credit mess?" What skills do you feel you need to improve?"

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Admins in the Spotlight: Distinguished Service Award Goes to Executive Assistant

Laughing all the Way to Work

Wilda Bleakley, an assistant at Rider University in New Jersey, was honoured with the Frank N. Elliott Award for Distinguished Service. She is described as the "go-to girl" with a "can-do attitude". Kudos to Wilda Bleakley. To read more click here. 1 1 Ward, Allie, The Rider News, Where There's a Wilda, There's a way: Elliott Award winner, proud parent and Campbell's aide, Bleakley does it all, [link] (accessed March 28, 2008).

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IAAP, Yahoo and Air Travel

Laughing all the Way to Work

I am a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). As part of my membership I get a subscription to IAAP's magazine OfficePro and also to their e-newsletter OfficePro Express. 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.

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Is Massive Student Debt Really Worth It?

On The Job

Miriam Salpeter at Keppie Careers responded to my last post about working too much with the observation that those leaving school these days with huge student loans to repay ($80,000-$200,000) may be part of the reason people work so hard. I have to admit that with that kind of debt dogging me, I'd probably work too many hours, too.

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Why People Gossip At The Office

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you gossip at the office? Do you get sucked into the gossip of others? I'm sure that this has happened to all of us at one point or another. Gossip has never been a positive matter. It always leads to negative productivity and

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Feeling Like What You Do Is Never Enough

On The Job

Why are you working so much? C'mon, I know it's true. You're on your Blackberry at the dinner table, you get up at 4 a.m. just to answer a few e-mails and you've never been in a car without the cell phone to your ear. This is above and beyond the long hours you put in at your desk. So, again I ask you: Why are you working so much? Some of you are going to claim it's because you have no choice.

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Speedy Gonzales

Laughing all the Way to Work

My nickname while growing up was Speeder. My dad called me Speeder because he said when he called me to do the dishes I was always so sloooow.to show up. My family still calls me that. I am very competitive however and while I may have been slow in doing the dishes, in highschool I tried to be as fast and as accurate as I could in typing and shorthand and just about anything else I tried. There was a time I could type 100 wpm with no errors (and that was on a manual typewriter).

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Make Sure the Boss Gets the Joke

On The Job

My mailbox is starting to fill with story pitches regarding "safe" April Fool jokes to play on your co-workers. I have mixed feelings about this: Everyone can use a little levity in the workplace these days, but what one person thinks is funny, another may not. I still remember the time a friend's co-worker pretended to be a "nurse" from his son's school.

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Interview Question and Answer Series: #1

Laughing all the Way to Work

I don't remember my first interview, although I do remember my first job and my first paycheque. I was a junior secretary at a large bank and my salary was $137 every two weeks. I thought it was amazing. In the late 70s and early 80s, jobs were plentiful and I never considered when I went on an interview that I wouldn't get the job. I am not bragging, I think there were more jobs than workers so if you were half decent you got the job.

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Pros Reveal How to Become a Great Manager

On The Job

For some people, achieving supervisor status is a career dream come true. They have put in long hours, committed their creativity and energy to helping the company succeed and now will reap the benefits. Unfortunately, many companies throw new supervisors into the management waters without a boat or even a life preserver. It’s little wonder that many new managers sink in such conditions.

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Pay Attention to What Your Boss is NOT Saying: What you can tell by your boss’s body language

Laughing all the Way to Work

I knew something wasn't quite right. My boss was just too happy for a day that I was under the weather and had to go to a doctor's appointment and he had to rely on others to help him out. I filed it in the back of my mind, but I wasn't surprised when he told me he was leaving the company. His body language had given me a clue. The next time you get little hints from your boss's body language, pay attention.

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We Stand on Guard for Thee: The Assistant as the Professional Gatekeeper

Laughing all the Way to Work

The administrative assistant is the face and voice of an organization to anyone who calls or visits. An assistant can often be the professional gatekeeper as to who gets in to see the boss and how quickly they get to speak to them on the phone. I found this neat blog "The Thin Pink Line: Four Women for Women". I have added it to my links of blogs that I read. Today they have a post that I thought would interest you called Getting Through the Admin. Assistant.

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There's one in Every Office: The Co-worker With the Candy

Laughing all the Way to Work

As I was walking by a co-worker's desk, I noticed the new stock of candy in her bowl. I automatically headed over to it to check and see what goodies she had in there today. Instead of asking if I could have one however, I asked a new question: Are they sugar-free? Candies and cookies in the office are so tempting when you need a sugar high, but I'm trying to cut back. I found this article on the office candy bowl. Enjoy! But I will keep passing it by.

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Thinking Outside the Job Description Box

Professional Assistant Blog

Editor's note: This is a guest post by Patricia Robb of Laughing All The Way to Work: The Ultimate Secretarial Survival Blog. Today's assistants are computer savvy, smart and up-and-coming, and consider themselves professionals in the

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Study: Job Hopping Can Affect Wages

On The Job

There's been some debate about the idea of job hopping. Many younger workers have no problem with it, while older workers fear the perception that job hopping will make them look less reliable to prospective employers. It appears there's some value in both arguments, which I'll discuss further in this post. But on this first day of Spring, let's start with: * The Five O'Clock Club provides eight signs that it's time to change jobs.

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Hyphenation

Laughing all the Way to Work

I read an excellent post on the use of hyphenation. Click here for Lynn Gaertner-Johnston's article on when and when not to use the hyphen. I was always taught if the words were describing another word you would hyphenate it, as in "up-to-date calendar". But you wouldn't hyphenate it if you were saying "the calendar is up to date".

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Blogging Etiquette

Laughing all the Way to Work

Do you ever wonder if you are blogging properly or are you stepping on other blogger's toes? I was on Susan Johnston's blog The Urban Muse and she answered some blogging etiquette questions and had some good tips that I thought I would pass on to you. Blogging Etiquette Part 1 Blogging Etiquette Part 2 Blogging Etiquette Part 3.

When You Hate the New Job

On The Job

When you accepted the job, you were excited about the new opportunities chance to enhance your skills. But three months later, all you can think of, is “ What was I thinking?” You now believe you’ve made a mistake when you accepted a new job. Something doesn’t feel right. Maybe you don’t like the people you work with, maybe you don’t like the duties you have been given, maybe you cannot stand your boss.

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Our Changing Role

Laughing all the Way to Work

I don't think any of us will be surprised with these survey results by OfficePro, which show that "nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of managers polled said responsibilities for support professionals have increased in the last five years". It is also reported that, "Fifty-seven percent of executives also said administrative staff have greater career options than five years ago". I thought these survey results tied in nicely with my article "Thinking Outside the Job Description Box".

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