For the administrative professional, complacency is a career-killer. “Good enough” just doesn’t cut it. The Innovative Admin understands that to remain relevant in their role, it’s important to be continuously seeking out ways to learn and grow both inside and outside of the job description.
For a lot of admins, continued education comes at a premium. Your company may not offer ongoing training or provide you with the support and resources you need to be successful. But that doesn’t mean you can’t seek these things out on your own! The following career resources (listed in alphabetical order) can help you transform your career in a variety of ways.
1. American Society of Administrative Professionals
As the largest international association for admins and executive assistants, ASAPorg.com has plenty to offer. Register for webinars delivered by industry greats, read blog entries on a variety of admin-centric topics, get help preparing for your PACE certification, and visit the Career Center, where you can peruse job listings and even get a free resume review. Membership in ASAP is free.
Bonnie Low-Kramen is a speaker, author, and trainer with decades of experience. Her website features a blog and podcast covering high-impact topics like workplace bullying, sexual harassment, and other workplace complications. Her popular Be the Ultimate Assistant workshops take place in various locations and focus on problem-solving strategies, organization techniques, advanced communication skills, and much more. Be sure to sign up for the free newsletter.
3. Eat Your Career
On EatYourCareer.com, you’ll find ways to nourish your admin career. With free training webinars, admin tips, career coaching, and the subscriber-exclusive Career Success Library, there’s something for everyone – from those just entering the field to seasoned professionals.
4. Executive Leadership Support
ELSforum.com provides a platform where assistants can come together for support, collaboration, and training. In-person forums are held throughout the world, while ELSx, a free webinar series, provides additional educational opportunities. The ELS Gazette, the site’s newsletter, keeps admins informed on industry issues and upcoming events.
5. Executive Secretary Magazine
ExecutiveSecretary.com is the home of Executive Secretary magazine, a print publication that is distributed six times a year. Executive Secretary LIVE, an annual conference, takes place in various locations across the globe. The website features a blog, free newsletter, training resources, and free weekly #AdminChat webinars that are broadcast on their YouTube channel.
6. Office Dynamics
From the Conference for Administrative Excellence in Las Vegas to founder and CEO Joan Burge’s popular books, Office Dynamics helps admins achieve success in their careers. Monday Motivators, a free newsletter, helps start your week off on the right foot. Their blog is packed full of great articles and resources. And the Office Dynamics YouTube channel has a wealth of free training videos.
7. Office Ninjas
Unleash your inner ninja with OfficeNinjas.com, a high-energy site catering to administrative professionals who want to get the job done right and have some fun doing it! Their blog covers topics like career management, office culture, productivity hacks, and wellness, while their popular “Admingling” events, held in 11 U.S. cities, as well as London, add a “party vibe” to the traditional admin conference scene.
8. On the Right Track
Keep your career moving forward with On-the-Right-Track.com, a site devoted to helping your company save time and money. Find books, webinars, video series, and online courses on productivity, effectiveness, and organizational skills, as well as a free podcast and other offerings.
9. Red Cape Company
RedCapeCo.com is a fantastic resource for those looking to become more tech-savvy. The site, run by Microsoft Certified Trainer Vickie Sokol Evans, is a treasure trove of information regarding programs like Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Sit in on a webinar, learn time-saving productivity tips on the blog, join the Red Cape Academy, or order one of Vickie’s best-selling 100 Tips books on a variety of topics. The Red Cape Company also offers individual and group training.
10. The Productivity Pro
Laura Stack is known as The Productivity Pro, and her website is full of resources to help you save time and be more efficient. With books, training, video tips, a free newsletter, and a jam-packed blog, you’ll find the tools you need to take your career to a whole new level.
Never Stop Learning!
These career resources for admins are just a start. The admin profession is changing on a near-daily basis, and if you don’t keep up, you run the risk of being left behind. By keeping your skills up to date through career development and continuing education, you are ensuring that you’ll remain relevant and in demand!
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