Happy Admin Day!

April 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I saw the best description of Admins at Punchbowl today.

 

 

 

 

It’s Administrative Professionals Day! Where would we be without our administrative professionals? These are the dedicated individuals who take notes, answer phones, remember all the little details, and keep everyone in the office organized.

In 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals organized the first Administrative Professionals Day. This holiday is a worldwide celebration that brings millions of people together to honor secretaries, receptionists, and administrative assistants. It is one of the largest workplace observances of the year, and with good reason. There are over 4.1 million Americans that have the job title “administrative assistant,” and another 8.9 million Americans that work in administrative support roles.

To celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, show your appreciation for the admins at your office today. They certainly deserve it!

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Permanent Hire

March 31, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Posted in Interviewing, Job Search, Positive, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Yes, it finally happened after 13 months of unemployment, I was hired yesterday as an Operations Assistant for a market research company.

I can’t describe the excitement I felt when I was told.  I was taken a bit by surprise because I was told my appointment was for a second interview with the President of the company.  It was actually just to hear the offer and sign papers and tax forms.  My position is a permanent part-time to full-time with plenty of benefits and a very competitive starting salary.

It is a small business run by someone who values the employee.  That was reassuring to me.  The philosophy of taking care of the employee so they work harder for you is something that seems to be a rare commodity in the days of a bad economy.  In spite of that it seems to be the mantra of this company to be a second family for everyone that works there.  I need that comfort level now, because of being out of the business world for a while.

Now, for the strange part.  I have never been hired by having the President of the company playing a clip from Seinfeld, until now.

When it was over I was told that I was seeing how they aren’t going to hire me, but rather I was told they would like to have me join the company.

Now for the fate of this blog:

I plan to continue, just as I plan to keep  learning to be an excellent assistant.  I am planning another section of the site called Debbie’s Couch.  This will address the emotional price paid by those who are unemployed.  This should be starting up soon, so stop back and see what you think of it.

Websites for the Week of September 18th

September 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

Now that the parents with children in school are well into the ‘Back to School’ mode I thought I would list some websites that could be helpful for unemployed parents of school age children.  It’s been a little while for me, but as I recall this is the week where you’re getting more notes from the school with the lists of extra equipment and fees, placing additional burdens on the tight family budget.

You need get the kids back to school with less money this year.

If you’d like to send your child to a better school (K-12) and need some financial help.

For some help on budgeting the money spent on school clothing.

Need some quick tips on bargains for back to school spending.

Want one more site for ways to go back to school and not to the poorhouse?

To help make sure that the stress of going back to school doesn’t include your unemployment.

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 September 11th

September 11, 2011 at 10:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

No matter who you are, no matter if you’re employed or not, and no matter what your job title, today’s date is one that rings in every America’s mind and heart.
This week’s theme has nothing to do with help if your on a tight budget or looking for work.  Below is a list of individual bloggers who have written about how they feel when they hear someone says “ September  11th”  There were many to choose from, but I enjoyed these the most.

Reading some of these articles may be disturbing or unsettling.  I believe that those articles and reports should always be that way.  You should cry, be outraged, proud, and emotional.

Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

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 August 28th

August 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

This week’s theme is directed toward the residents of the East coast of the U.S.

Since I live in the Mid-Atlantic and have been through both an earthquake and a hurricane in just this past week, I thought it helpful if I had sites about cleanup and natural disaster preparedness when you don’t have a lot of money to spend.

For everyone in those areas I hope that you got through things safely and with the least amount of problems.

  • For a reminder of one effect of natural disasters, your finances.  This site offers information on low-cost and fee-free help from FEMA to the Red Cross for everything from attorneys to finding medical care.
  • To take care of your health afterwards.   This site you find low cost health provider in areas effect by a natural disaster.  This include substance abuse treatment to elder care.
  • To help you organize and assess what you’ll need after a hurricane.   This site tells you in general what you need to do next and is a good place to start getting your life back on track.

Finally a quick list of agencies that can help you before and after natural disasters. Much of this information will be helpful at any time.

Rising To The Occasion?

August 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 

Normally I would be extremely happy that I got a phone call to come in for an interview, but I’m not today.  I’ve gotten sick over the past couple of days and the office wants me to come in for an interview tomorrow.  I’m sure anyone reading this can understand that these days you jump at this, not put it off a week.  To make matters worse, I have a personal appointment late tomorrow morning that I can’t cancel.

In a job interview you want to show yourself off.  You want to show enthusiasm.  You want to just plain look good.  I don’t think that’s going to come across, not matter how much I’m going to try to fake it.

Finally, if anyone has any advice I would certainly appreciate it.

 

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