Career Development

Stepping Up and Moving On

By - May 25, 2011

When you’ve reached a certain level in your career and you’re looking to move upwards or onwards, the same old advice just won’t cut the mustard. So we’ve asked Maggie Love – who runs Pitman Training learning centres in London EC2 and Regent Street, and also leading recruitment consultancy Love & Tate – what employers... Read more »
Career Development

Stand Out From the Crowd

By - May 25, 2011

An indispensable guide as to how to stand out from the crowd in your job search – a top recruiter’s perspective containing invaluable tips and advice! For the job seeker, the secretarial market is more competitive now than at any point over the last 15 years. Yes, there are some very exciting opportunities out there... Read more »
Leadership

Travel Management – Sourcing an Efficient Hotel Programme

By - May 25, 2011

Some corporations work closely with their travel management company or hotel booking agent to procure their hotel programme while others manage it in-house, in this article I aim to share some tips for you to efficiently source negotiated hotel room rates and amenities for your travellers, but firstly let’s take a look at what is... Read more »
Leadership

Risk Is Like Fire – You’ll Be Safe But Cold Without It (Part II)

By - May 25, 2011

Are risks threats or opportunities?   There is a simple but profound question I would like you to ask yourself: do you see risks as threats to be minimised or openings to be explored? Minimise or explore? How you answer this question is vital to your entire approach to your career and your life. We... Read more »
Communication

Regional Focus: Germany

By - May 25, 2011

Executive Secretary asked three experts on the region to give their personal guides to doing business in Germany.   The consultant’s view The founder of Kwintessential, Neil Payne is currently the Managing Director of the company, overseeing global operations. He is also responsible for the management of cultural awareness training in Europe. Germans are often... Read more »
Profiles

PROFILE – Sonia Vanular, Founder of EUMA at 90

By - May 25, 2011

Sonia Vanular, the irrepressible Founder of EUMA, will be 90 years old this Summer. In April, I was lucky enough to meet Sonia at EUMA’s Spring Council and Training Day in Luxembourg and she agreed to share some of her thoughts and insights. Sonia – tell us a bit about your background I was originally... Read more »
Personal Development

Parenting for Professionals

By - May 25, 2011

Helen Letchfield’s tips for embracing your image change Not so long ago, the conversation at the beginning of the meetings I went to generally covered topics such as the weather or what we had done at the weekend. Not anymore. ‘You’re definitely looking bigger now’; ‘you look tired today are you OK?’ or even ‘can... Read more »
Personal Development

Opinion

By - May 25, 2011

Attitudes to training, business improvement & stress. Five administrative professionals from around the world share their experience and opinions What is your company’s attitude towards training its admin staff?  Sonia Sharma: I feel training and development is an investment in our career. EY has balanced approach to learning and development for everyone in the organization.... Read more »
Health & Wellbeing

Living with Uncertainty

By - May 25, 2011

Sharon Eden examines the number one reason for workplace anxiety With the current economic climate and swingeing cuts biting at both the public and private sectors, I’m seeing many people in distress. And the #1 cause of their anxiety is ‘uncertainty’. Some worry their job might not be safe. Some worry, because of redundancy, how... Read more »
Leadership

It’s a Deal

By - May 25, 2011

A Simple Contract Secret to Save Your Boss’s Shirt Susan, the President of a limited liability company called Sunguard, buys all of the fabric Sunguard needs to make its products from Weaver Sisters. The two companies have done business together for years and enjoy a business relationship where they trust each other and do not... Read more »
Career Development

Ten Strategies for Handling the Stay-at-Home Parent Resume Gap

By - May 25, 2011

Whether you’ve taken two years – or ten years – away from the traditional work force to raise your kids, you face the issue of how to handle this gap on your resume. Here are ten strategies for handling a stay-at-home parent gap on your resume   Whether you’ve taken two years – or ten... Read more »
Communication

Email Advice

By - May 25, 2011

We asked you ‘What is your favorite tip for managing e-mail?’ Patti Gough (United States) I create separate folders in Outlook for each individual and or event that is going on. Works for me. I have never lost an email yet. At the end of the month, I go through them and archive the ones that... Read more »
Communication

Confident Life Skills: Body Language and Voice

By - May 25, 2011

Over the ensuing months we are going to cover in detail all the nuances of what I call “Confident Life Skills” or being able to communicate in a much more positive and effective manner with the people In your life, whether it be work colleagues, including management, your friends, or just everyday people that you... Read more »
Leadership

Aspirations – not a problem! The world’s your oyster

By - May 25, 2011

Take opportunities when they come up, and make opportunities when they don't, explains Heather Baker
Technology

An Introduction to Sharepoint

By - May 25, 2011

Portals are very much on the minds of business and government leaders. When information does not flow horizontally across different parts of a company, units behave like silos, forfeiting economies of scale and the transfer of best practice. Moreover, the organisation as a whole loses its opportunity to develop a cadre of up and coming... Read more »
Editor's Letters

New Beginnings

By - March 27, 2011

Spring always seems like a good time for some fresh thinking and I don’t know about you but the temptation to clear away the cobwebs is irresistible. It seems fitting, therefore, that after six months of research and discussion, we are relaunching Executive Secretary to you this March with a brand-new look for the modern... Read more »