You can write your own ticket with a diploma in business management. With the skills gained in a leading-edge business management class, you’re able to apply your savvy in technology, communications, computer skills, sales, and accounting, even your insights on the intricacies of entrepreneurship. Whether you focus on business management or office management, beyond the foundational skills, you need to have a keen eye on the ‘extras’ – what sets you apart from the competition – and hone those.
Vital to the hum, flow, forecast and outcome of any business you apply your training to, these seven insights will anchor you and empower you to soar in any environment.
7 Stellar Tips to Soaring in Your Office Administration Career
1. Exude the Part – Dress for Success
Ever hear the expression, “Dress for the job you desire, if you’re not already in it,”? You’re a juggler of myriad tasks, in any given moment, on any given day, and each day you need to show up to exude and be your best. You may be just starting out; you may be in the office on your day off or have no scheduled appointments. No matter, dress n’ prep yourself as if each day is your most important day ever. That way, regardless of who wants to take a meeting with you or take you to lunch, they will see you at your finest. These impressions go a long way to setting the tone for the rest of your career.
2. Master Competence
The foundation of your knowledge from business management college is essential, but you will need to up your game constantly and consistently to remain in the success groove. From office knowledge, organizational abilities, software and database knowledge to communication on the phone, in meetings, via presentations and recording information and demonstrating your management skills – you need to hone the basics in each area and be ready for anything.
3. Prioritize Powerfully
You will have crazy days, full schedules, and tasks, overflowing; in all this busy, you need to know how to recognize what’s essential and prioritize effectively and efficiently. This will demonstrate to your team and/or clients that you have a clear idea of what’s important and that you’re competent to deliver precisely what’s required.
4. Be Punctual, or Early – Always!
Being on time shows your colleagues and those you serve that you value their time, you know how to organize your own and indicates that you have a handle on priorities and projects and can purposefully deliver with ease and confidence. Nothing is more disconcerting than to be kept waiting and nothing shakes a client’s confidence in you more than seeing you show up late, hurried, frazzled. Being on time, and dare we say, early, shows them that you’re in control of your time and respectful of theirs … it says, they matter.
5. Show Initiative
It perhaps goes without saying that those who go above and beyond, who think outside the box, who find solutions to problems without being asked and somehow see the positive despite the negative that may arise, are rewarded infinitely more than those who do not. Understand that seeing the needs and filling them by showing unwavering initiative, wins every time.
6. Master Communications on All Levels
The world belongs to those who can communicate with verve, intelligence, and compassion, concisely and effectively. In written and verbal form, seek to wow people. Whether sending an email or text, connecting with colleagues, partners, customers, or suppliers, put your best skills to work. Learn how to listen, intently, so that you can deliver not just what is requested but what a person truly wants. This is only mastered when we truly care to not only listen to what is being said but to hear what is, and what isn’t, being shared.
7. Stress – Manage Your Own, Ease Others
Stress is simply a part of life, and more so if you’re ambitious. Learn to recognize the triggers that create a stress response for you, head them off before they take hold. Balance your being with your doing; put systems in place to decompress; shift your perspective; see the good. And inspire others by example and encourage, and provide support and space for, others to do the same. Your emotional quotient EQ is even more essential that your intelligence quotient (IQ). Being aware and learning to keep those emotions grounded for self, and helping others, demonstrates you’re not only capable of providing business support but sustaining real success over time.
Are you ready to learn business management and apply the skills and knowledge offered by field experts to empower businesses to take their game to the next level? If you apply yourself to one of the business programs in Ontario, and implement these tips in your career, there’s no limit to where you can professionally soar.
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