Resources for administrative professionals used to be few and far between.
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But with the advent of the internet, the number of administrative resources skyrocketed. Today, you can find the answers to virtually any administrative question you can imagine – if you know where to look.
Administrative assistant websites cover the full range of issues that are important to office-based professionals. Although some of these sites remain static, most are regularly updated to reflect emerging trends and topics. To stay current, save important links in the "Favorites" tab of your web browser and get into the habit of surfing helpful sites once a week. If you're not sure where to begin, start by adding these sites to your weekly routine.
Desk Demon (www.DeskDemon.com)
DeskDemon touts itself as the "world's largest website for administrative professionals". Whether that is true or not remains to be seen. However, the amount of content on the DeskDemon is impressive to say the least. Unlike many websites, DeskDemon is easy to navigate and includes a broad range of administrative articles, career advice, message boards, and office. And the best part is that all of its content is free. When you log onto the site, just be careful to make sure you are on the U.S. version since a parallel version of the site exists for the U.K.
International Association of Administrative Professionals (www.iaap-hq.org)
The International Association of Administrative Professionals is an organization committed to helping administrative professionals succeed in their careers. Although the website is filled with information about the organization and how you can become involved, its most useful section might be the "Research and Trends" section. As the name suggests, this section is chocked full of information about administrative trends and data such as current salary figures for administrative professionals in the U.S.
The Effective Admin (www.theEffectiveAdmin.com)
Like DeskDemon, the Effective Admin website is dedicated to providing a broad range of resources for administrative professionals. Yet the content of the Effective Admin site is unique and earns it a slot in your "Favorites" tab. Make a special effort to check out the sections on administrative job descriptions and "Expert Q&A for Admins" where administrative professionals answer questions sent in by surfer just like you.
The Executive Assistant's Toolbox (www.eatoolbox.com)
While other websites cover traditional administrative topic, The Executive Assistant's toolbox favors the road less traveled in professional administration. On this site, you may find an article about meeting organization next to an article about learning how to say "no" or learning how to keep your emotions in check. Despite the diversity of topics on this site, most of them are surprisingly practical and worth a read.
Online Organizing (www.onlineorganizing.com)
Even though it isn't geared specifically toward administrative professionals, Online Organizing is full of helpful tips for getting organized in the workplace. Not only will you find advice about organizing desks and workspaces, but also useful information and checklists for office supply purchasing, business travel, delegation, productivity, and much more.