Advice Tag

One of the first things to fall by the wayside, as the COVID-19 pandemic started to hit North America, was the handshake, followed by in-person meetings and close conversations.  For salespeople, those had been two staples of building relationships with clients and possible customers. Then people were sent home from their offices and told to work remotely for an unknown length of time. That meant no friendly competition among teammates trying to get the biggest sales or land the biggest client, equal parts morale booster and healthy motivation.  How is a salesperson supposed to continue to be effective on the same level with all these limitations? 

For every piece of advice on what to put on a resume, there’s a suggestion of what to leave off. It can be maddening trying to sort it out!  When you’ve spent so much time and put so much thought and effort into a document that sums up your career, your achievements, and upon which hinges your hopes of a future position, it’s worth taking the time to weigh each addition and subtraction with care. 

If you’re among the countless people who are new to working at home or are currently working remotely on a more long-term basis than before, it’s ok to feel a little untethered. It’s a big change! Especially right now, as we were told to stay home without much warning or preparation.  The good news is, there are lots of people who have worked remotely for a number of years and have grown to love it. There are plenty of ways to make it work, so you’re just as productive and efficient from your home office (or dining room table or couch) as you would be at your desk in the office.  Here’s how to make your working from home days successful and productive ones: 

Let’s be honest: We all need a little help getting motivated some days. Whether due to a lack of sleep, too many projects at once, a lack of passion about a task, or just feeling a little blah, it can be challenging to meet the day with vigor all the time.  When you’re feeling a little low energy, here are some podcasts that can help regain the pep in your step and give you new energy to stay focused and motivated to complete the work at hand.

There might not be a cure for the summertime blues, but there are ways to help stave off slacking and low morale among employees in those potentially lazy, hazy crazy days of summer.  It’s the time of year most people dream about -- long days, warm temperatures, patios and picnics and picturesque times of leisure. But when you have to work, how do you maintain momentum and ambition? How do you keep your team focused when you’d all rather be somewhere else?  It’s not impossible. Here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Whether you're just starting out in your career or you've decided to become a legal secretary after a few years spent in other jobs, there will be plenty of responsibilities on your shoulders in this position. How will you set yourself apart from other legal secretaries -- especially if you're looking to make a strong first impression in a new firm? 

The longer a person is in business, and in a position to make personnel decisions, the greater the odds of making a bad hire.  A person can look outstanding on paper, make a great first impression and feel like a perfect fit for your team, but after the first few days, it's more a round peg in a square hole situation than hand-in-glove.  Bad hires can breed resentment, kill productivity, slow momentum, and foster anger among a team. And after the loss of an employee, hiring a new one that doesn't work out can be very frustrating.  It's not the end of the world, though. 

Here it is: The blank slate of a new year. An open book of opportunity and the chance to set new goals for what you'd like to achieve, without being held back by what was true in the past.  Time to get excited!  If anything and everything is possible, it can be a little intimidating and overwhelming. It can be hard to know where to start. But that's ok! We're here to help.  Here are some tips for how to set the right goals for your career in 2020. 

The most crucial and forward-facing role in your office isn't the president or CEO. It isn't your best salesperson or your HR manager.  It's your receptionist.  This is the person who sets the tone and welcomes guests and clients. It's the person who keeps the office humming and makes sure every last detail is in place. The wrong person in this role can drive away business, but the right person can make an office feel like a home.  Here's what to look for when hiring for this incredibly important position: