career advice Tag

Unemployment numbers are higher than they’ve been in decades as the international economy tries to stabilize during the COVID-19 pandemic. Layoffs happen to the best workers, people in all stages of their career, and usually come without warning. If you lost your job due to COVID-19, first and foremost, know you’re not alone!  The economy is starting to restart, slowly but surely, and there will come a time when you’re back to work.  Things might seem tough right now, but it will get better.  Here are some tips for how to bounce back after a layoff. 

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. 

Maybe the last time you looked for a job, you weren’t interested in finding something long-term. For whatever reason, a temporary job was just the ticket: Something that would last for a few months, would bring in some money and can help pad your resume until you figure out what you’d really like to do.  But now, several months later, you like your coworkers, you enjoy the office environment and, maybe most surprisingly, you really like the work you’re doing. You start to wonder: Is it possible to make this temporary job permanent? 

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: 

Who doesn’t love summertime? Nice weather, picnics and patios, long days and beautiful sunsets and so many fun things to do with friends after the workday ends.  But that’s the issue faced by many managers: How do you keep your focus sharply fixed on the task at hand and not lose track of projects at work when there are so many fun distractions to consider?  Here are some tips on how to keep your productivity in place during those lovely summer months: 

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? 

Whether due to record-breaking success, explosive growth, or turnover, every office needs a little help adding good, high-quality employees to their ranks from time to time. Hiring can be a time-consuming and stressful process, one that managers and team leaders probably don’t have time to do while they’re trying to keep the office running smoothly. 

If you think an administrative assistant as someone who fetches coffee, sorts the mail, and spends all day just answering phones and taking messages, it’s time for a reassessment.  An administrative assistant is a manager’s right and left hand. They keep the office running at top speed, with everything in its place and all deadlines kept top of mind.  Administrative assistants are of the utmost importance in busy offices and need to do a little bit of everything each day to be their most successful. 

As you go through life and your career, there will come times when you need a little advice. Everyone needs some help or some perspective from time to time, and knowing you’ve got someone in your corner to help steer you in the right direction can make all the difference.  It’s important to find a good mentor, someone who knows where you’ve been and where you want to go and can help you achieve all your goals.  But how do you find a mentor -- more importantly, how can you find the right mentor for you? 

Have you found that the job you used to love has become more tedious? Do you feel stuck? Has your rise to the top of your respective ladder slowed to a crawl?  Your career might be stalling. But that’s no reason to panic. Recognizing the slowdown is a big step toward fixing the issue before it becomes a much bigger problem.  But first, it’s important to recognize the factors that might have contributed to this situation.