April, 2013

Amazing career paths for PAs

Practically Perfect PA

So I have some big news to share with everyone today… are you ready? Okay, well… I’ve just quit my job!

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3 Tips for Successfully Managing Your Day-to-Day Workload

Office Organization Success

If you don’t already know, I am a big fan of spreadsheets! They have so many more uses than just calculating figures. They are also a great tool to help you manage your time effectively. As a busy soloprofessional you are not only working for your clients, but you have to work ON your business too.

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Investing in Nigeria- the new face of Interpreneurship

The Small Business Blog

If you haven’t been in the West African airspace recently, you may not know of the ecstatic new buzz of the town- it’s got everyone talking and investors listening. It’s the catchy innovations of Nigeria’s finest interpreneurs.

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Quiz: Are You Ethically Challenged?

Eat Your Career

For some, ethics are black and white. For others, there are all kinds of grey areas. Perhaps you live by a strict moral code. Or maybe you just go on gut instinct. However you define your ethical standards, it’s important to perform your job with integrity.

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The Emerging Gender Gap Favoring Women

Small Business Labs

Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education is a fascinating study by noted MIT economist economist David Autor and MIT PhD student Melanie Wasserman.    They suggest that an emerging economic gender gap favoring women is developing.

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How to Be Successful Even When Under Stress

On The Job

Got stress? If you’re like 75% of other Americans, you’ve experienced moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, and often lie awake at night because of it. Trying to balance the demands of your work and family life can stretch even the strongest among us to the breaking point.

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Invest in yourself

Practically Perfect PA

So here I am in sunny Madrid attending my first event as the Executive Assistant of Gallus Events. My manager is speaking about sponsorship to a group of event organisers who are all taking notes and listening intently. It has got me thinking about the differences between our profession and theirs.

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More Trending

Infographic: Cloud is a Big Deal for US Small Business

The Small Business Blog

Today’s infographic contains more interesting facts and statistics about the Cloud and what it means for smaller businesses. It’s based on information gained from US firms, but the benefits apply equally to businesses across the world.

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Turn Up the Heat on Your Professional Passion

Eat Your Career

As many of you know, I talk a lot about professional passion. I believe it IS possible to love your job and really feel a fire in your belly when you think about the contribution you’re making at work everyday.

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Word of Mouth is How Freelancers Find Jobs

Small Business Labs

It's not surprising that independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) rely on word of mouth/referrals for getting business. What is a bit surprising is just how important word of mouth is compared to other methods.

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6 Ways to Ensure Meetings Don't Suck

On The Job

I recently was asked if I would run for a community board position. I declined with a polite, "No, thank you." The reason? I know this particular board has meetings. Lots and lots of meetings.

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Will new technology eradicate the need for assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve just been reading this fantastic article by Richard Branson on LinkedIn where he discusses how much he values his assistant. I’ve always admired him but to see him praise the assistants he has employed over his career has really raised my estimations!

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The Importance of Good Office Design In Creating a Productive Working Environment

Eco-Office Gals

An inspiring office space is crucial to motivating and engaging staff; by combining a good office design with environmental considerations, you can improve productivity, profitability and reduce your carbon footprint.

Is your website mobile optimised?

The Small Business Blog

According to YouGov over 55% of the mobile-wielding British public will be using a smartphone in 2013, with one-in-three regularly using their phone to browse the internet. That’s over 14 million people in the UK accessing the internet from their mobile phones every day.

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How to Leave Work at Work

Eat Your Career

It’s easy to take work home with you…heck, with today’s technology, it basically follows you everywhere you go!

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The End of Work - Or the Beginning of an Independent Economy?

Small Business Labs

Well known tech journalist and analyst Tom Foremski's Futurists. and the 'End of Work'  looks at the employment disruption being caused by digital technologies.

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How to Spring Clean Your Job Search

On The Job

Spring cleaning isn''t something I really look forward to, but when it''s done I feel like I''ve accomplished something worthwhile. Read this latest column I did for Gannett/USA Today and see if your job search doesn''t need the same.

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators Part 3

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve written two blog posts on interview questions specific to PAs, EAs and admin assistants and they have both proved to be very popular so I thought I’d add another ten questions that I have been asked at various interviews over the years and my answers for them.

Go Green at the Restaurant

Eco-Office Gals

As a local restaurant owner, you’ve got a lot on your plate (pun intended). From open until close, you have to play chef, matradee, custodian and customer psychologist all at the same time. It’s a taxing job, but rewarding nonetheless.

Infographic: Creative Business Cards

The Small Business Blog

Business cards are handed out by the bucketload at every single business event, but the sad truth is that most people will throw them straight in the bin. But what if there was a valid reason for people to keep them, at least until they got home?

How to Overcome Self-Help Fatigue and Make Inspiration Stick

Dumb Little Man

Are you addicted to "inspiration porn" like I am? During a recent weekend, I spent nearly an entire day reading post after post by some of my favorite inspirational and personal development bloggers. Want to know how I felt the next day? Terrible. I felt bloated and heavy from my overindulgence.

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Flexibility is Why Companies Hire Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Staffing firm Allegis and the Human Capital Institute teamed up on a study on how corporate procurement and HR departments view the growing contingent workforce.   It's a broad based study looking at a number of issues related to the contingent workforce.

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Use Social Pressure to Get a Slacker Colleague Back on Track

On The Job

I haven't posted on this blog in a while because I was taking some time off. I wasn't just slacking, I swear! I was busy eating my way through New York City and visiting the M&M store on multiple occasions.

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How do you stop your personal life affecting your work

Practically Perfect PA

This is a question I have faced many times during my career. Your personal life can affect your work in so many ways, it could be anything from a few late nights that make you feel tired in the office to have real stress at home that really does impact your performance.

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Going Green Pays

Eco-Office Gals

A lot of people want to be eco-friendly , but they’re either not sure where to begin, they think it’s too much work, or they think it will cost too much money.

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Infographic: Do you need an MBA?

The Small Business Blog

Many people think that they require a high level of education in order to be successful in business. That simply isn’t the case, as the infographic below points out.

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Why Motivation is Overrated

Dumb Little Man

Motivation is a problem. Not due to a lack of, but when people search for it in order to act.

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The Growing Numbers of Not Working

Small Business Labs

The most recent BLS jobs report showed that almost 500,000 Americans left the workforce  in March, resulting in the workforce participation rate falling to 63.3%.  This is the lowest its been since 1979.   There's a pretty active debate over what's driving this decrease.

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Why Your Neurotic Colleague is So Valuable

On The Job

There''s lots of advice out there about how you have to develop an elevator pitch, use self branding to communicate your message and speak up in meetings to make sure the boss doesn''t forget you.

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What to do when there is nothing to do

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you everyone for your kind messages over the last week. It is really nice to know that I have such amazing readers and just emphasises how supportive assistants are of each other… I always knew we had each other’s backs!

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How to Win Friends and Influence People Summarized

Ian's Messy Desk

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How to Win Friends and Influence People is the grand-daddy of all people-skills books. First published in 1937, it was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. The book still carries a lot of weight. BNET includes on its list of 10 Underrated Business Books and it is one of the books on The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List.

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Enterprise Rockers Launch Mentoring Scheme for Bankers and Politicians

The Small Business Blog

I am one of the “Head Roadies” of the Enterprise Rockers and I’m pleased to announce that we will be offering a free mentoring scheme for any bankers or politicians. Bankers and politicians have not got a clue about what is required to run a micro business.

How to Increase Your Creativity in 9 Easy Steps

Dumb Little Man

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of discovering the next big thing or designing a breath taking product or at least solving a personal situation creatively and brilliantly. The problem is, most of us just dream about it. The truth is that you CAN turn that dream into reality.

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Can Entrepreneurs Save Detroit?

Small Business Labs

In case you haven't heard, Detroit's a mess. It has acres of empty buildings, frightening crime rates, crushing public debt and sky high unemployment.

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Where Do Your Hours Go?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever gotten to the end of a day with nothing accomplished and have no idea where the time went? Or sat down for a minute at the computer just to look up hours later? Or decided to check something on your phone, only to lose an hour? I can say “guilty” to all three. Time Management. There are many theories out there on time management, including one that says you can’t manage time, only your own behavior.

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Admins Part 4

Practically Perfect PA

Following on from Monday’s blog here are another five interview question and answers specifically for assistants. How do you work within a team?

Tricky Pronouns: Whoever and Whomever

Business Writing

In a comment on last week''s pronoun tips and test, a reader named Jasmine asked for more examples of whomever. Whoever and whomever can be very tricky because they do not always play the role they seem to be playing. Grammar and Usage

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