Websites For The Week of February 12th

February 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Job Search, Weekly Readings | Leave a comment
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Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

I’ve noticed recently that I’m having more and more problems with job scams as I continue my search.  I don’t like the idea that people take advantage of others that are getting desperate to find income. So this week’s theme is about avoiding those scams and recognizing fraud.

  • Career Builder as a great page about job scams along with the reminder: “If it seems to good to be true,then it probably is”
  • Check out your privacy rights and how to avoid having them infringed upon by job scammers.
  • There’s nothing like examples to help you recognize the scams, see them here.
  • Many of the scams involve work at home schemes, recognize them here
  • And finally, the Federal Trade Commission has many resources about job and job hunting scams.

This week’s meditation

That’s it for this week. See what you like here. I’d love to hear from you about it. This week’s list is on a subject that I really think people can contribute to. Remember you can submit a website for the Sunday Readings on my How-To/Forum page.

 

 

Websites For The Week of February 5th

February 5, 2012 at 10:07 am | Posted in Resume, Weekly Readings | Leave a comment
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Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

Change sometimes can be a very good thing, especially these days.  This week’s theme is about career change.  Administrative Assistants have a variety of skills that can be transferred to another career.  I’ve actually thought about being a professional organizer lately.  These sites may help to satisfy your curiosity and get you started down another road.

The first step is to answer some questions and evaluate what change will mean.

Maybe the career change isn’t just for economic reasons, but as you look for work you realize that your current job doesn’t ‘fit’ anymore.  Find one that fits your personality better.

If you can stay optimistic and want to build your own business, read about entrepreneurship.  (*This is the Mind Tools website.  I get the newsletter and have the iPhone app from them.  It is a wonderful resource, set up a personal toolkit and explore on the site.)

Then you’ll need advice on how to write a resume for a career change.

If you’d like to look at information, courses, assessments, and tips just for women making career changes, try here.

Finally, there is a set of Field Guides to New Careers available in a series at amazon.

This week’s meditation

That’s it for this week. See what you like here. I’d love to hear from you about it. This week’s list is on a subject that I really think people can contribute to. Remember you can submit a website for the Sunday Readings on my How-To/Forum page.

Let’s Be SMART About This

February 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Posted in Business Ops, Tips and Tricks | Leave a comment
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I’m sure that many assistants know about the mnemonics to help them improve their productivity and set up projects.  Here is one of my favorites.  These tips can fit many different types of objectives.  It’s a step-by-process to successfully complete any goal by detailed planning.

S.M.A.R.T.

Specific: This is where the definition of the goal/problem solving process begins.  Specific goals are more easily accomplished.  This step uses the five W’s as the best way to focus and keep the goal action oriented, basically what would you like to see happen.  I think my favorite ‘W’ is How because when the benefits of the solution are considered I can focus even more on the other ‘W’s and the next steps.

  1.    Who is involved?
  2.    What could some obstacles be?
  3.    When should it be completed?
  4.    Why is this an important goal?
  5.    How will I get it done/benefit from the solution?

Measureable:  Establish the criteria for measuring the progress of your goal.  This is needed to set a schedule for due dates and to stay on track.  Being a list maker, this step keeps me motivated.  If there is a list of tasks or meetings associated with my project, deleting it from Outlook or crossing it off a hardcopy list gives me that feeling accomplishment and the feeling that I’m on the right track because objectives have been met.

Attainable:  This step is the decisive test for me.  The skills, tools, resources, and even financing are considered here.  Even if you have a good problem solving idea or a goal that you feel is important, it may not be doable now.  Here you can set yourself either up for success, or failure, so be honest about your needs.

Results-Oriented [some people use Relevant or Realistic here]:  This step keeps things moving towards success.  Each ‘sub-goal’ has to have the same importance when it comes to results. For example, if the third part of your solutions isn’t completed or doesn’t have the results you expected the goal would break down from there on.  There won’t be any substantial progress without it.

Timeframe:  Of course you’re going to have to set up a start and end date.  Don’t forget to track key milestone dates as you keep working.  This is a great way to remind you of the urgency of your desired accomplishment.

pro·duc·tive
[pro-duck-tiv]

adjective

1.    producing something abundantly and efficiently
2.    producing satisfactory or useful results

smart
[smaart]

adjective
1.    showing intelligence and mental alertness
2.    shrewd and calculating in business and other dealings

plan
[plan]
1.    a method of doing something that is worked out in advance
2.    something that somebody intends or has arranged to do


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