Choose Your References Wisely

28696567_sWho you list as a job reference might be more important than you think.  Employers have become increasingly more thorough when checking job references.

Who Should You List as a Reference?

The individuals you list on your Reference document need to be selected carefully.  Do not rush in this decision making process.  A current or former manager would be a good choice.  Other possible reference options could include:  a co-worker, someone who works in your related field, or a teacher.  Do not assume that all individuals know how to give a proper reference and know what to say to a potential employer.  When you begin your job search, ask individuals if they will be a reference and will give you a good recommendation.  Choose individuals who will: Continue reading “Choose Your References Wisely”

Top 10 Things To Do When You Are Suddenly Laid Off

mackie-200Certified Career Management Coach and Trainer Madelyn Mackie is an incredible resource for administrative professionals who are interested in advancing their career. Through her keynote presentations, workshops, and resume writing coaching, she shares her knowledge on how you can set yourself apart in today’s competitive environment.

Madelyn has offered this blog post to help you or someone you know during a sudden lay off.

Did you recently get a pink slip in a company layoff? Don’t panic. Follow the steps below, and you’ll be well on your way to your next career opportunity. Continue reading “Top 10 Things To Do When You Are Suddenly Laid Off”

Seven Things To Do To Get Ready For Your Job Search

mackie-200Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Certified Career Management Coach and Trainer Madelyn Mackie.  Madelyn is an incredible resource for administrative professionals who are interested in advancing their career.  Through her keynote presentations, workshops, and resume writing coaching, she shares her knowledge on how you can set yourself apart in today’s competitive environment.

Madelyn has offered this blog post to help you prepare for your next job search.  If your goal is to get a new job in the new year, here are seven things you need to do to prepare yourself for your job search.
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Hire An Intern: Best Decision I Made!

35612820_sWouldn’t it be nice to have an extra set of hands helping in the office?  Internship programs offer employers a unique partnership with local high schools and colleges in helping to train tomorrow’s office professionals.  The reward is a genuine feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping to mentor high school or college students towards career success.

In 2004 I joined the staff of a newly incorporated city.  I was hired as the executive assistant—employee #13.  Within a couple of months of being hired, I knew I needed to hire additional administrative support.  The best way for me to test that hypothesis and gain supervisory experience was through working with interns. Continue reading “Hire An Intern: Best Decision I Made!”

Job Interview Success: Market Yourself Especially on the Telephone!

9153855_sWith hundreds of candidates applying for the same position in today’s job market, employers are increasingly conducting job interviews on the telephone to identify and recruit candidates for employment. Have you ever had an interview on the telephone? How did it go?  How did you prepare? 

I was recently approached by an employer to help screen and interview administrative professional candidates over the telephone to fill an administrative support vacancy. I was delighted to accept this invitation and looked forward to talking with administrative professionals who were seeking the same career I so enjoy. Continue reading “Job Interview Success: Market Yourself Especially on the Telephone!”