About Julie Perrine

Julie Perrine, CAP-OM, is the founder and CEO of All Things Admin – providing training, mentoring and resources for administrative professionals worldwide. Learn more about Julie’s new book – The Innovative Admin: Unleash the Power of Innovation in Your Administrative Career . You can follow Julie on Twitter @julieperrine and “Like” All Things Admin on Facebook.

4 Career Benefits of Professional Certifications

How do you advance your career and differentiate yourself from others in your profession? The answers to this question are as plentiful as the number of people asking it.
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Your Best Ally for Job Searches and Promotions: A Professional Portfolio

Fact: a resume and cover letter aren’t going to cut it anymore if you’re in the market for a new job or promotion. Today, you need a lot more than just a few sheets of paper (or digital files) to affirm the skills and value you bring to the table. You need something that will resonate with prospective employers and demonstrate your initiative. You need a professional portfolio.

Decent jobs are still hard to come by given the recovering economy — and dream jobs, well, they’re still about as common as four-leaf clovers in most industries. With so much competition in the workforce, you have to set yourself apart from the masses if want to have any shot at a position. A professional portfolio does just that by showcasing your experience, skills, and talents in one cohesive, easy-to-read file.

What the heck is a professional portfolio?

Basically, a professional portfolio is a compilation of materials that explain your career path, professional achievements, skills, and ambitions. Most portfolios include a resume, documentation of education (such as copies of diplomas and certificates), work samples, documentation of your skills, and letters of recommendation. The package of materials can be complied in paper format or, if you’re digitally inclined, in an online portfolio. Either way, a professional portfolio should paint a complete and accurate picture of you and your career. 
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4 Key Habits You Need for a Successful Career

The key to your house allows you to open the front door. Your car key gets you behind the wheel. A key to the office lets you start your workday. Keys are extraordinarily useful, and when used properly, they can give you access to a lot of things, including a successful career.

The keys to achieving professional success comes from developing habits that promote productivity, build relationships, and boost creativity. These initiatives aren’t just one-time tasks. They need to be repeated on a regular basis. Learn them. Practice them. Engrain them in your workday. They will help you achieve your career goals and more!

Key 1: Become acutely aware of your environment.

Be an active observer of your profession, industry, company, and area. By closely monitoring your surroundings, you will notice clues not only to what’s currently happening, but also what might happen in the future. There are a lot of ways to gain awareness of your environment, including:

  • Learning to use emerging technology. Staying on the cutting edge of the latest technologies keeps you relevant to your profession and your employer. Researching new software programs, gadgets, or social media tools can usually be done online, oftentimes for free, or with a trip to your local technology or office supply store.
  • Reading. There is a wealth of information about your profession, employer, and industry just waiting for you to soak it up. Read books, blogs, newspapers, magazines, even junk mail for insights into your profession, industry, and career.

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Complacency: Avoiding This Career Killer in 3 Easy Steps

It’s a dangerous and frequently difficult to identify a condition that, if left untreated, could result in the untimely death of your career: complacency.

Yes, this sounds a bit dramatic. However, the truth is many professionals don’t realize the catastrophic damage they’re causing to their careers by being complacent. Don’t allow yourself to be lulled into a false sense of security by thinking you’re indispensable — even if you’re the only one at your organization who can do what you do. To stay marketable and important to your industry and employer, you need to be proactive about your profession and take these steps to ensure its longevity:
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An Employee’s Guide to Disaster Recovery Planning

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many offices on the East Coast were left in shambles – destroyed by the storm’s high winds, heavy rain, and floodwaters – and a great number of employees were left wondering, “What now?”

October’s record-breaking storm forced a lot of companies to learn the importance of a disaster recovery or business continuity plan…the hard way. A disaster can happen anytime. If your office is damaged by unforeseen circumstances, and you’re forced to work from home for the next six weeks, are you ready?

If your answer is “no,” then now is the time to take action! With some forethought and planning, you can be ready to step in and be part of your company’s response team when a disaster strikes. The following steps will help you create your own customized disaster recovery P.L.A.N.:
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