Surpassing Career and Work Hurdles

No matter who you are, career & work relationship hurdles will crop up when climbing the ladder of success.

I’ve been fortunate over my career never to have been fired or downsized out of a job. If it’s happened to you, it can be a lonely feeling. With the economy booming and employment on high, now is a great time to dust off your resume and freshen it up with your latest accomplishments. Being prepared for the “just-in-case” you find something better, won’t hurt.

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Finding Inspiration for Your Career Journey

For people who know their career aspirations early on, a successful career path may not seem daunting. For others, self-doubt may crop up along the way. Whether on the first rung of your career ladder or have found yourself on the way to the top, here are a few tips to help you find inspiration for your career journey
This weekend, my grandchildren visited, and we went to the local park for some QTR (quality time realized). I joined in on a conversation with a group of young moms’ and one dad, as they discussed their jobs. I brought up the question to the group “Do you remember what you wanted to be you when you were your children’s ages (4 to 8 years old)? With a momentary pause, the answers came fast and furious – an inventor, a superhero, a doctor, a sports star – the boss! I asked that same group of parents “how many of you stayed with the same career choice today?” “Nope,” “nada,” “I wish,” were their answers, and all didn’t think they would be in the career they are doing today.

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Conquering Common Workplace Challenges

Your relationship with your job is ever-evolving & in some cases, that may cause unforeseen challenges to arise. Have you been in the same position for a while, and are now losing interest? Does it seem like you’re asked to do more than your forty-hour week permits? Or maybe, your workload is finally taking its toll.

Your relationship with your job is ever-evolving, and in some cases, that may cause unforeseen challenges to arise. Have you been in the same position for a while, and are now losing interest? Does it seem like you’re asked to do more than your forty-hour week permits? Or maybe, your workload is finally taking its toll. Consider these questions and solutions:

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Confronting Workplace Challenges by Focusing on You

Unfortunately, outside factors can create internal struggles. Good preparation includes thinking about the “what-ifs” that work-life hands you. Common in many organizations is the question of how to effectively plan to confront the people or things sabotaging your enthusiasm.

Unfortunately, outside factors can create internal struggles. As an Administrative Professional, I had to resist giving challenges the power to impact my work and/or dampen my enthusiasm. Over the years as an Executive Assistant to a powerful Silicon Valley CEO, I learned from him that preparation is good…but good preparation includes thinking about the “what-ifs” that work-life hands you. Common in many organizations is the question of how to effectively plan to confront the people or things sabotaging your enthusiasm.

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Five Ways to Express Your Servant Leadership

Often referred to as “Servant Leadership”, executives create company and team cultures reflecting sincere respect and service to others.

As an Executive Assistant, I learned early on from the executives I’ve worked with, that they set themselves apart from other executives, in that they demonstrated leadership through service to others. Often referred to as “Servant Leadership”, they create company and team cultures reflecting sincere respect and service to others. Don’t assume that leadership qualities must have a natural charisma or a college degree. Far from anything like that, administrative professionals who really want to shine, look on their role as serving peers and community with an ability to support their efforts and objectives successfully and doing so without wanting the spotlight or necessarily recognition. Like anything, changing your perspective and attitude in becoming this type of leader requires work. By refining your skills, you’ll garner your team’s respect and cement your authority in the company. To assist, we’ve compiled a list of five steps to enhance yours.

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Six Ways to Enhance Admin Creativity

Though notoriously uncomfortable bedfellows, work relies on creativity. To hone your strategic mind, AdminUniverse has compiled a list of six essential tips for developing your creativity at work

Administrative Professionals are planners, organizers, strategists, and key collaborators with their managers and peers.  Many admins will be the first to claim they aren’t creative, but what they don’t realize is that much of their work process relies on creativity. To hone your creative mind, and give a high-level view of the integration of creativity into your daily workflow, we’ve compiled a list of six essential tips for developing your creativity at work:

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2018: Your Year

Everybody is looking to progress with each new year. Resolutions run wild as executives conjure up office goals for 2018. As an Administrative Professional, you may be tasked to do more than last year—especially in the beginning months! Don’t panic, don’t fret, but most importantly, don’t doubt yourself. Below, AdminUniverse outlines FOUR office trends that you can use to make the most out of the new year.

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It’s the Holiday Season (Whoop-de-do)

Holiday party planning has suddenly filled your calendar, but you can’t let daily duties fall by the wayside! So, how does one go about handling such a workload? First, take a deep breath. Next, keep reading because—thanks to our years of experience in various office settings - AdminUniverse has some tips and tricks to help you handle the hectic Holiday season.

The year is coming to a close, but as an Administrative Professional, your busiest days are still ahead of you. Holiday party planning has suddenly filled your calendar, but you can’t let daily duties fall by the wayside! So, how does one go about handling such a workload? First, take a deep breath. Next, keep reading because—thanks to our years of experience in various office settings – AdminUniverse has some tips and tricks to help you handle the hectic Holiday season.

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Holiday Office Party Planning 101

Holiday Office Party Planning 101 - So Where Should You Begin? - AdminUniverse

Administrative Professionals don’t HAVE to plan the holiday office party—they GET to plan the office holiday party! Even though it comes around the same time every year, somehow, planning it becomes a last-minute affair. Delicious food, exciting music, and festive décor… your colleagues will be expecting all of these, but time is running out and you are on a budget. To pull this off, it’s going to take some savvy shopping and swift maneuvering. Remember, just because you’re late to planning doesn’t mean it’s too late to plan. So, where should you begin?

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Organization: A Crucial Skill

Being organized is the key to an Administrative Professional’s success. Hone this skill-set to become crucial to your company’s success!

Administrative Professionals hold a unique position in the workplace.  Their ‘daily duties’ happen to be whatever needs to be done that day. Because of this lack of uniformity in their responsibilities, it can be difficult to find a rhythm, meaning it can also be easy to become disorganized. Unfortunately, this is not an option, as a company’s capacity to stay on track hinges upon an Administrative Professional’s ability to right the ship. Below are some organizational tips to help you exceed your superiors’ expectations and become an integral part of your workplace.

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