10 Tips to Improve your Life and Business

Today you will learn 10 tips that I fully believe will improve your life and business.

Feel free to share these and we may just improve the world!

Improve your Life Quotes

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” ― Madonna (Click to Tweet)

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs (Click to Tweet)

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin (Click to Tweet)

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” — Christian D. Larson (Click to Tweet)

My 10 Tips for your Life and Business

  1. Stop being constantly disappointed. Everyday I see on social media and even in my inbox people being disappointed. People are disappointed that they missed a webinar, disappointed their friend or family member rejected their business idea, hell, some people are even exerting energy over their disappointment with the freaking shape of Reese Christmas trees…carrying around an air of being constantly disappointed trains your mind to FIND disappointment. Disappointment means you are addicted to the way you wish things were and not how they actually are. Stop having time to step into the energy of disappointment and find ways to APPRECIATE. Tony Robbins taught me to trade my expectations for appreciations and it was life changing. (one of my best posts ever I am told).
  2. improve your lifeKids grow up fast, do the things you want to do with them NOW. If you always wanted to take them on a particular trip, take them. I look at my boys who are now 17 and 16 and I remember how little they used to be and although we have a great relationship and they are amazing boys, there are a LOT of things I wish I would have done when they were younger. I don’t have regrets but it has me determined to do everything I want to with my newborn daughter Sabrina. Time flies, spend it wisely, especially with your kids and family.
  3. Forgive easier. We are all human and we ALL make mistakes. I’ve certainly made my fair share. It is never worth holding a grudge as it eats away at parts of you way more than it hurts the person you have a grudge against. Forgive people easier, in the times where you have NOT forgiven them, they could pass away…if that thought leaves you questioning if you should have a grudge then drop it.
  4. Be willing to do the work to build your dream business, the life you love. It is NOT easy and you will probably have to work harder than you have ever dreamed of but it will be worth it. You CAN have the life of your dreams IF you are willing to put in the effort long enough without a whole lot of payoffs in the beginning.
  5. Show gratitude more often. If someone stops their car to let you walk past, THANK them. If someone holds the door open for you, thank them. If your spouse makes you dinner thank them even if they have made you dinner the last 37 years. Showing gratitude never gets old and the more grateful you are, the more things you will train your mind to locate to be grateful about.
  6. Keep showing and telling your significant other how much you love them. Send a random text to them right now and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life and how sexy and amazing they are. This text, especially if this is something you never do, will probably go over better than buying them some fancy gift. Do SOMETHING daily to show your significant other that you think about them and love them. If you don’t have a significant other and want one, take a minute right now to write down all the traits you would want in your perfect person (it is the step I took that led me to Jessica)
  7. Work on your education every single day. There is not one day that goes by that I am not reading a chapter or two in a book and listening to 30-45 minutes minimum of an audio book. This adds up. Doing this for a few days will not matter much but doing this for 15 years will totally change your life.
  8. Don’t major in minor things. Yes I believe in understanding politics and I personally love watching football but neither should consume every minute of your day unless that is your actual business and career. Too many people are so distracted by what others are doing that they don’t have time to focus on their own home and their own life. Work on YOU more than you spend time criticizing others.
  9. Stop worrying about what others think about you. We are all walking around worrying about what others are thinking about us and afraid to look stupid. Guess what? If someone thinks you are stupid, it really isn’t that big of a deal. I have been told that what I was doing was stupid almost my whole life UNTIL we created success of course. Thank god I never listened to them.
  10. You will grossly overestimate what you can do in 90 days but way underestimate what you can do in 5 years. In five years I went from personal foreclosure to a multiple seven figure annual income. I had no idea that was possible but just kept going and not quitting when the going got tough. Keep going and know that you can completely alter your life and the lives of your entire family tree over a few years, not a few months.
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15 Excellent Beginners Guide’s to Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

If you are not currently using social media to market your business, there has never been a better time to get started than now.

As of today, there are over 1 billion active users on social media…which equates to endless opportunities for you to extend your business reach online and get your brand in front of more customers.

From what I’ve noticed, figuring out which social network to use is the hardest part for most small business owners (myself included!).

The Top 7 Most Effective Social Media Marketing Networks for Small Business

Just recently, Social Media Examiner published its annual 2015 Social Media Marketing Industry Report that details what social media channels businesses are getting used the most for marketing.

According to the report, the Top 7 Social Networks being used for business marketing are as follows:

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  1. Facebook
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Twitter
  4. Youtube
  5. Google Plus
  6. Pinterest
  7. Instagram

This report also states that the top 3 benefits of using these networks are:

  • Increased Exposure (I couldn’t agree more)
  • Driving traffic to your blog/website
  • Building a loyal fan base

If you are new to social media (in general), I am rounding up a great list of Beginner’s guides that you can use to get started with using social media marketing in your business.

My advice for getting started is simply this: Pick one network, build up a fan base there, then move on to another one.

It’s better to do an excellent job of managing a few social networks the right way…than poorly managing multiple networks

5 Reasons you are committing job applicant suicide

I think many of you that hire staff can relate; many people will be like, “I’m totally guilty”, and some will learn something new without doing it the hard way!

1.) The Ghost Email

So you find the perfect job. You spend hours writing that perfect resume and cover letter. You attached the documents to an email, and send off to the employer…..with the body of the email BLANK!

Blank….really????

Not a “Hi” or a “Thanks” or even copying the cover letter into the body of the document. Just…..a blank email!

The first issue with this is that the majority of individuals involved in the hiring process use smartphones to receive emails, especially with the workforce being as mobile as it is!

When these blank emails are opened on a smartphone device, the likelihood of the attachments being opened increases. I personally delete them and move on to the next.

Second issue with blank emails is computer security and email-spread viruses.

There are many online hackers who dig through job banks, get contact information and then email document attachments with blank emails. If an employer is worried or has been burned by this in the past, they would definitely not open the attachment due to fear that your attachment is malicious.

Third is…provide a little effort people!

To me someone that can’t even take the time to copy a cover letter into an email really is not someone I would want on my team. Your due diligence from start to finish really demonstrates the type of person you are and your work ethic if hired.

So stop doing this. It doesn’t take much more time to add a message to a body of an email and it increases the way others engage with your application information.

2.) No Cover Letter

This one aligns with the ghost email abusers. Cover letters are an integral part of the job search. It gives personality to a resume that may otherwise not stand out.

I have had many applicants say to me “I don’t know how to write a cover letter” or “It took too much time to create one for a specific job application.”

Here’s a scoop: the internet is a remarkable resource. If you do not know how to write a cover letter, there is this awesome tool called “Google” and when you type in the search bar “cover letter examples”, you will find a large variety or tricks, tips and examples of ways to make your cover letter more effective and better overall .

There are also many learning sites that allow you to gain information on this topic. Examples are: Itunes University (free no cost for iTunes users) or Udemy (paid & free courses). There is no excuse for not having success on this one; if you want to learn there are many ways to make it happen.

So stop saying “I don’t know how” or “I was never taught” and change those behaviors to “I will learn and research how to learn”

With anything in life, you need to practice in order to master an art! Writing a cover letter is no different. So try writing one, ask for feedback from mentors or work colleagues, and keep practicing until you get a format worth using on your job search.

3.) The Resume

Oh the resume….this subject has so many challenges to address, and here is my take.

Grammar, Punctuation and Fonts

There is nothing worse than a resume with poor spelling. With the availability of automatic spell check (even if you can’t spell), there is no excuse for your resume to have spelling errors. Read it…a couple of times…have a friend read it, and of course, run a spell check before blasting it out to perspective employers. Use one font, not 40 different ones. Use bullets or hyphens, not both in the same document.

These typical errors convey a message…that you have no attention to detail, and that this would spill over into your work if selected as the right applicant for the organization. Sounds like something stupid to worry about, but taking action to ensure perfection go a long way with perspective employers. As a business owner, these are things that I personally look at when going through resumes coming into our office.

Stop Sending Long-winded Resumes

Unless you are a neurosurgeon or someone with some pretty extensive university degree(s), applying for a career position, employers do not need a novel to understand what you have done before. This type of resume deters me from reading it all together. You need to keep some things to the interview, and detailing every task you’ve ever done in every job you’ve ever had for your entire lifetime is not only ineffective, but think of how many trees you are killing printing that beast of a document.

We are busy individuals, and have many of these documents to review when looking at hiring someone for a position, so keep it to 3 pages max.

Resume and Cover Letter Content

Your resume content should contain professional interests, not personal ones. That’s awesome that you love extreme sports, that you hate all your old managers, and that you want to move out of your mom’s house but what is that telling your potential employer?

What I want to see is your awards and achievements (work and education), what professional books you have read, what other courses you have completed (organization provided, or personal choice education), and where you volunteer your time giving back to the community.

4.) The Follow Up

This one is near and dear to my heart, the follow up. Over the course of the year I have had 240 applications and only 2 of those applicants followed up by email or phone.

Only 1% of the applicants took the initiative to follow up. What’s worse for me is this is for a sales position which should see a higher return of individuals inquiring about the role.

When I was a teenager, my grandmother used to always preach that the day after the application is submitted a follow up should happen by phone to ensure the employer received the application and to ask if an interview can be scheduled. She was right, and this was coming from a woman who for the majority of her life worked on our family farm, and not in a typical career position.

Think of it this way, you find the job of your dreams; you want it so bad you can taste it. So do hundreds of others that have less, the same or better qualifications than you. Let’s say 50 of these applicants are guilty of the above mistakes, so it’s you and 50 others. Typically these 50 will be sorted from the best possible candidates to the worst based on qualifications.

Ask yourself: What sets me apart from the other applicants? How do I stand out from the pack?

The answer is simple! Follow up to express your interest. Something so simple but is often overlooked, and by my calculations…..99% of you are missing the mark.

When you follow up, a wonderful chain of events happens:

  • We get to hear the personality behind that application and form a rapport (phone calls only)
  • We see initiative in the person taking a risk to go beyond their comfort zone, and this shows us a trait that we want all employees to encompass.
  • We take your resume out of the stack, and actually notice the words, the format and what your qualifications are.
  • Either you will get the opportunity to interview, and if not you will learn what this organization’s hiring process is (very valuable information).

If you aren’t employing this tactic in your job application game, you had better add it immediately! How many of the 1% I spoke about are snatching up your dream career?

5.) Social Media

My last, but definitely not least important topic is your presence on social media.

I am not kidding when I tell you that most likely, you are going to be automatically searched for on a variety of social media platforms. Not just Facebook…Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google +…I think you get the point.

If on the weekends, you like to crush beer cans on your head and then get a selfie while vomiting in a back alley, or take videos of yourself while doing a petty crime on a University Campus, you had better lock down your social platforms privacy settings or better yet, don’t post these things online. This seems like a no brainer, but surprisingly it still puts potential candidates out of the running. Of those 240 applicants I experienced, 25% of them had items posted publicly that in turn changed my opinion of them right away. Whether you agree with this practice or not, it’s what employers do, and something personally and professionally you need to think about!

Don’t let that “Post” button, hinder future opportunities that may cross your path later in life.

 

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Paperless– are you looking for ideas to make this happen in your office?

With an eye on becoming more organized and efficient, many small businesses are adopting a paperless office environment.Assisting in this challenge are document management systems, which allow you to easily sort, edit and distribute documents to others. These systems help businesses increase productivity, save time, operate in multiple locations, support remote workers, meet compliance requirements, reclaim office space and solve a wide range of business problems.

Using document management solutions is a great way to organize all of your paper and digital files in a central location, where everyone in the office has access.

“It’s a challenge for companies to keep up with all the paperwork and electronic files that come into a home office or business every day,” Pickard told Business News Daily. “It generally starts slowly — an email here, a receipt there, incoming invoices and customer correspondence. And before you know it, you’ve got a mountain of paper and no way to find the documents you need.”

Document management systems give you a framework for organizing all of those papers. These systems work in tandem with scanners, which convert your paper documents into digital versions.

When looking into document management, you will encounter several types of tools: document management systems, document management software and document management solutions. In reality, however, they all accomplish the same tasks.

However, a document management system is different from online storage, which simply provides a place for you to store a variety of documents. Document management systems do much more. They’re essentially electronic libraries that can be easily searched, shared and managed. Some of the specific functions you can use document management systems for include:

  • Storing various document types, including word-processing files, emails, PDFs and spreadsheets
  • Creating new files directly within the system that can be edited and shared with others
  • Searching an entire library of files by individual keyword
  • Sharing documents with co-workers, departments and clients
  • Restricting access to certain documents
  • Monitoring who is viewing documents and when
  • Tracking edits being made to documents
  • Retrieving previous versions of edited documents
  • Controlling and regulating when out-of-date documents can be deleted
  • Accessing, editing and sharing documents via mobile devices

When using document management systems, you have the option of installing and running them on your own computer or network or accessing them via the cloud. Many providers of both options offer various versions of their software, which vary by storage space and features.

Costs for document management systems vary greatly. On-premise systems typically require higher upfront costs, including a one-time fee for the software based on the number of computers it’s being installed on. Cloud-based versions typically charge monthly fees based on the number of users. These can typically range anywhere from $10 to $100 per user, per month.

Additionally, many on-premise and cloud-based options charge initial setup fees. This can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the number of users.

Since keeping things organized is critical for success, there are few businesses — regardless of size — that couldn’t benefit from a document management system. Any business that handles forms, correspondence, emails, files, printouts, personnel or client files, charts, data, or any other type of paper or electronic document can use this type of solution to become more efficient.

Compared to those that still rely on paper files and folders, small businesses with an overarching system in place to handle all their information operate at a vastly superior level of productivity.

10 Ways to Boost Your Productivity at the Office

Productivity by Lori Lynn Smith
You stagger into the office five minutes before you are supposed to start, you have a coffee in your hand. You do like your job, but it is hard to hit the floor peppy and productive every single day. It feels even harder when you find yourself sitting for so long at one time. That is the nature of the job, but how can you change things up a little to create an environment that is more productive and more enjoyable?
Here are ten strategies that can set the tone and keep you motivated to be productive:
1. Plan
Get to your desk about 15 minutes early and write out a daily list of tasks and plan out your day before it begins. This will help to keep you focused and on track throughout the day. Set out your top three most important tasks to do first.
2. Power hour
Commit! Dedicate the first hour to getting as much done as you can. Avoid your email inbox, favorite blogs, and voicemails, and get right to work. This sets the tone for the day and gives you a great sense of accomplishment that can follow you through to home time.
3. Recess
When we were kids we probably loved recess more than school, but our teacher knew that we needed small breaks to help us learn better. The same is true for working. Allocating specific time periods when it’s okay to become distracted can help make the rest of your day more productive. Just keep them short and then get back to it.
4. Time chunking
By shifting your focus between tedious and repetitive tasks and those that are more engaging, you can keep yourself more happily involved in your work throughout the day. Give each task category a time frame and alternate back and forth between them for best results.
5. Rock the clock
Rather than working on a project until it’s completed, resolve to work on a project for a set period of time, then change your focus. This will keep you productive and eliminate some of the tedium associated with working on the same project for long periods of time.
6. Organize your email
You can increase sanity by keeping your inbox organized, especially if you get a lot of correspondence on a daily basis. Use folders and filters to keep your email inbox organized and it will be as beneficial as having a tidy desk or cubicle. I personally like to strive for Inbox Zero: daily is great, but definitely by Friday afternoon.

7. Listen to music
Music can help you settle into your work routine. Low-volume music can drown out noises in the office without interrupting other people around you. Choose music that helps you focus without distracting you. It has been shown that while listening to Classical music your IQ actually increases—you might want to give it a try!
8. Drink up
Hydration is important for a variety of health reasons. Fill up a personal water bottle and keep it with you all day. Keeping a water bottle by your side will prevent you from having to get up over and over to get more water and ensures that you stay hydrated throughout the day. I love to use a 1 liter bottle, and drink one before lunch and one after lunch.
9. Leave your desk for lunch
Having a lunch break away from your desk can disrupt your productivity routine, but it does provide some much-needed relaxation and respite from your work. Enjoy your lunch break and return to your work with renewed energy and focus. Exercising during lunch, even if it is just a quick walk around the park, will also help to keep your energy up.
10. Keep it professional
Respond to personal emails and deal with personal phone calls on your own time. By clearly separating work and home, you can focus yourself better during the day to get more done. If you have important personal tasks that need to be done, use your break or lunch, but walk away from your desk.
Hit your stride
You can stay productive during work hours if you plan out your day and really think about what you’re doing at work. It doesn’t take much forethought to have a good workday, but the time you put into planning can pay off big time!

The Importance of Pre-Interview Research

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As an administrative professional, you know that attention to detail is a skill that is integral to success. That being said, it should come as no surprise to you that a little research on the company is a MUST before any interview. “Whether you’re searching for a new administrative position on your own or with the help of a recruiter, it’s important to do adequate research on any company you have an interview with,” says Lauren Pearce, an Executive Recruiter within The Execu|Search Group’s Office Support division. “The question, ‘please tell me what you know about our company,’ can come up at any time, whether it is explicitly asked or implied through other types of questions. As a result, it doesn’t look good when an interviewer asks you a question aimed at testing your knowledge of the company and it’s met with hesitation, silence, or a generic response.”

It’s important to walk into an interview having done not only enough research, but the right kind. To put you on the right track, here are a few do’s and don’ts of pre-interview research:

Do research, but don’t mention anything negative

Before your interview, look up the company on the internet and also read through their website to gain a deeper understanding of who they are and what they do. “This will help you weave your enthusiasm about the company and their accomplishments into your responses,” notes Lauren. On that note, it’s also important to be knowledgeable of the company’s key players—especially those you may find yourself supporting. “You never know who the hiring manager might pull into the interview for you to meet,” warns Lauren. “That being said, it’s considered a best practice to have some general knowledge of who the higher-level executives are so that you may be better able to hold a conversation with them.”

On the other hand, don’t mention anything negative that you came across in your research. “No company is perfect, so whether it’s a former employee who left a bad review or a piece of negative news, it’s best to leave it be, at least in the early interview stages,” says Lauren. “You want to focus on making a positive impression in an interview, and bringing up unfavorable news or reviews may set a poor tone for the rest of the meeting.”

Do look up your hiring manager on LinkedIn, but don’t get too personal

If possible, try to get the name of the person who will be interviewing you and look them up on LinkedIn prior to your meeting. “Don’t feel awkward about reviewing your hiring manager’s LinkedIn profile,” advises Lauren. “If you find a shared affiliation or hobby on their LinkedIn or other professionally based site, it’s absolutely ok to bring it up. It can be a great conversation starter and can help you make a long-lasting impression.”  That being said, it’s best not to look them up or attempt to contact them on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Sites like these are unrelated to your interview, so there is no need to do research on your interviewer’s personal life.

Do ask questions, but don’t ask irrelevant ones

Asking informed questions is one of the best ways to illustrate your interest in the position as well as your knowledge of the company. For that reason, use your research to formulate questions about the organization’s company culture and daily expectations. After all, this may be a business that you’ll be working for in the future, so asking questions can help you to decide if it’s the right fit for you.

On the other hand, asking unrelated questions communicates to the hiring manager that you may not have the best grasp on their company objectives or the intricacies of the position at hand. As an administrative professional, you need to understand how to represent the company well—something that is nearly impossible to do if you don’t take the time to learn about the company.

Do know the position you are interviewing for, and don’t assume every type of administrative role is the same

There are many types of administrative roles, so knowing the details of the one you’re applying for is key to interview success. Before you dive into your research, first ask yourself a few questions about the particulars of this position. What daily requirements does the role entail? What are the necessary skills for the position? Knowing the particulars of your potential day-to-day tasks makes it easier to position your experience in a way that demonstrates your fit for the role.

However, assuming this position will be similar to other positions you’ve held can be a big mistake. “The chances of this position being the same as your last are very slim,” says Lauren. “Every company operates differently and has varying objectives, so be sure to fully understand the particular job before heading into an interview.” For that reason, try to avoid discussing past roles and responsibilities that are unrelated to the position at hand. Instead, focus on your most relevant accomplishments and transferrable skills that will help you be successful with the specific company you are interviewing for.

Doing research prior to an interview not only shows that you are interested in the role, but that you’ve taken the time to learn about the past, present, and future of their business.  In addition to helping you make a positive impression on the employer, your pre-interview research will set you up for success should you land the role.

– See more at: http://blog.execu-search.com/attention-administrative-professionals-the-importance-of-pre-interview-research/#sthash.KONWvwkD.dpuf

Canada’s Best Jobs for 2015.

1 Mining & Forestry Manager $108,805
2 Oil & Gas Drilling Supervisor $79,040
3 Air Traffic Controller $87,360
4 Statistician & Actuaries $89,606
5 Engineering Manager $94,994
6 Public Administration Director $99,195
7 Power Systems Operator $84,198
8 Health & Community Service Manager $100,006
9 Mapping Technologist $68,640
10 Senior Business Manager $97,136
11 Health & Occupation Inspector $70,720
12 Software Engineer $85,342
13 Specialized Engineer $79,997
14 Health Care Manager $90,626
15 Financial Administrator $83,990
16 Registered Nurse $74,672
17 Oil & Gas Well Operator $71,760
18 Industrial Technician $72,800
19 University Professor $85,717
20 Human Resources Manager $83,200
21 Social, Community & Correctional Services Manager $70,720
22 Longshore Worker $68,640
23 Telecommunication Manager $85,342
24 Pilots & Flying Instructors $76,003
25 Urban Planner $79,997
26 Utilities Manager $97,760
27 Audiologists & Speech-Language Pathologist $81,120
28 Petroleum & chemical process engineers $66,560
29 Education Policy Resarchers/Consultants $72,800
30 Probation & Parole Officer $76,794
31 Head Nurse & Medical Supervisor $79,040
32 Underground Miner $66,560
33 Manufacturing Manager $79,893
34 Pharmacist $97,760
35 Mining & Quarrying Supervisor $69,992
36 Business Services Manager $75,005
37 Carpentry Supervisor $62,400
38 Auto Assembly Supervisor $64,480
39 Computer Systems Manager $94,931
40 Aerospace Engineer $74,880
41 Scientific Research Manager $83,242
42 College Instructor $70,720
43 Senior Government Manager $100,443
44 Construction Manager $75,005
45 Real Estate & Financial Manager $90,002
46 Sales & Marketing Manager $79,997
47 Banking & Credit Manager $82,285
48 Post-Secondary School Administrator $85,010
49 Industrial Electrician $66,560
50 Civil Engineer $79,997
51 Occupational Therapist $74,880
52 Petroleum Engineer $103,355
53 Oil & Gas Services $62,400
54 Account Executive & Consultant $68,203
55 Financial Analyst $69,326
56 Electrical & Telecommunications Contractor $72,363
57 Mechanical Engineer $79,997
58 Human Resources Specialist $68,910
59 Pipefitter & Sprinkler Installer $69,950
60 Purchasing Manager $79,997
61 Biologist $70,720
62 School Principal & Administator $93,995
63 Crane Operator $62,088
64 Medical Radiation Technologist $66,560
65 Computer Engineer $79,997
66 Metal Forming Supervisor $66,560
67 Business Administrative Officer $74,402
68 Laywer $84,261
69 Psychologist $76,960
70 Industrial & Manufacturing Engineer $75,005
71 Dental Hygienist $70,720
72 Forestry Professional $68,266
73 Railway Conductor $60,320
74 Equipment Engineers/Operators $62,400
75 Secondary School Teacher $76,794
76 Police Officer $78,000
77 Economic Development Officer $64,002
78 Heavy Construction Equipment Supervisor $62,400
79 Locomotive Engineer $66,560
80 Electronics engineer $79,997
81 Land Surveyor $66,560
82 Chemical Engineer $76,960
83 Fire-Fighter $70,720
84 Nondestructive Tester (Quality Control Officer) $60,320
85 Social Worker $66,560
86 Physiotherapist $74,672
87 Economist & Policy Researcher $84,261
88 Elementary School & Kindergarten Teacher $72,800
89 Electrician (except Industrial) $60,008
90 Construction Trades/Contractors Supervisor $60,320
91 Avionics Mechanics/Inspectors $68,640
92 Bricklayer $60,320
93 Geologist, Geochemist & Geophysicist $85,010
94 Pipefitting Contractor & Supervisor $70,720
95 Information Systems Analyst $74,880
96 Health Policy Researcher $70,720
97 Government Program Officer $76,086
98 Paramedic & Ambulance Attendant $61,360
99 Geological Technologist $60,258
100 Power Line & Cable Worker $66,560

25 Office Organizing Tips

25 Tips to keep your office organized and running smoothly.

colorful paper trays

1) Clean out each desk drawer, to free up even more valuable storage space.

2) Clear off the top of your desk, then wipe off the surface of the desktop.

3) Keep essential items on your desktop (computer, phone, fax, card file).

4) If you work with more than one person create an in box for each person.

5) Have a master to-do list for each day at your desk.

6) Pre-Sort the mail.  To-File, To-Read, To-Contact(write or call).

7) Use a variety of containers to organize office supplies, paper clips and pens.

8) Use a variety of desktop organizers or trays to organize papers that come across your desk.

9) Create a separate drawer for personal paperwork, items, etc.

10) Use storage boxes to store dated files.

11) Purchase Magazine boxes to store booklets, magazines, catalogs you want to keep.

12) Create a file for magazine articles or scan them into your computer.

13) Filing system should be simple easy and manageable.

14) Color-coding your files makes it faster to find information.

15) Do not over stuff folders.  It may be time to toss some of the information in the folder .

16) Never overload filing drawer.  It will make it difficult to retrieve information in the drawers.

17) Sub-divide larger files with interior file folders.

18) Tab hanging file folders in the front.

19) Return calls in batches.  Leave specific messages and the time you called if the person you’re trying to reach isn’t available.

20) Empty workspace of everything but the project you’re working on to cut down on distractions.

21) Keep an assortment of all-occasion cards and stamps in your desk.

22) Keep takeout menus from favorite restaurants so you can  order ahead and pick up dinner on your way home.

23) When using more than one checking account, color coded checks are an easy way to identify each account.

24) At the end of each project or event, organize paperwork and file or store it.

25) Straighten desk at the end of the day and especially at the end of the week so that you can start each morning with a clear desk.

Office Mobile Quick Start Guides– great resource

Office Mobile Quick Start Guides

We’ve created new mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for your Windows 10 tablet or device. Download our free Quick Start Guides for an introduction to these apps.

Tip   On Windows 10, you can click the “Download PDF” links below to view, zoom, and print our Quick Start Guides without any additional software. On older versions of Windows, you may need to first download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.

Word Mobile Quick Start Guide

Word Mobile Quick Start Guide
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Excel Mobile Quick Start Guide

Excel Mobile Quick Start Guide
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PowerPoint Mobile Quick Start Guide

PowerPoint Mobile Quick Start Guide
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OneNote Mobile Quick Start Guide

OneNote Mobile Quick Start Guide
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