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.


But, What Do You Really Do?

August 30, 2011 at 11:54 am | Posted in Interviewing, Position Description, Resume | Leave a comment
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I think when it gets down to it; an Administrative Assistant is the person in the office that is truly a “jack of all trades” and maybe even a master of few.  It’s a different kind of challenge to meet when I’m asked about my job duties during an interview.  I want to be brief and stay within the constraint resumes and cover letters afford.
The shorter more formal explanation of these duties on my Resume/Skills page.

So if I had the chance to tell a prospective employer I would tell them “what I really did”  Some, maybe most, will sound like small or trivial things, but if you work in an office, think about those small things you couldn’t do without, your administrative assistant does.
Additional duties as needed:

  • Team cheerleader.
  • Surprise breakfast or lunch provider.
  • Coverage for co-workers so they can talk to mom, spouse, or kids on the phone.
  • Offer shoulder to cry on.
  • Provide pillow to bitch in to.
  • Live and interactive business calendar and task list
  • Holiday decoration specialist
  • General understudy/pinch-hitter/relief-pitcher
  • Staff early warning system
  • Wheel re-greaser

I was able to roll all these skills into one, making me the  ever-present and always ready assistant.

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Lend A Hand-Volunteer

July 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Daily Life, Positive, Resume | Leave a comment
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Repeatedly it’s recommended that while you’re unemployed to spend your free time volunteering.  It’s valuable on so many levels including looking good on a resume, getting you out of the house and keeping unemployment off your mind for a couple of hours, finally it’s just knowing you did a good thing.

If you need some ideas of what to do below are some sites that I’ve visited.  You can search by area, using your zip code, or by a category.  Some even have openings using the talents you have from your career history.  For example, I’ve signed up with one that needed a volunteer Admin.

Go ahead to something good and don’t forget to add it to your resume!

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