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Do you know these hacks to improve your Google searches?

2019-09-24T14:49:42+00:00September 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Mental Floss is a great source for a wide array of information. That includes these 14 Google search hacks that can help at home and work. Along with Google search basics, such as using quotation marks, minus signs, and searching within a specific website, they also have tips for using Reverse Image Search, Related search, [...]

September is Deaf Awareness Month

2019-09-03T18:55:20+00:00September 3rd, 2019|#clerkslife, accessibility, communication, local government|

In honor of Deaf Awareness Month, we're offering some ways that local government professionals can help their deaf residents and community. Ten Tips to Remember When Communicating With a Deaf Person (from the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre) Face the person and make eye contact when speaking. Every individual has their preference. Be sure to ask the [...]

Reasons to love your Local Government job

2019-05-24T12:34:21+00:00June 5th, 2019|#clerkslife, career advice, holidays, local government|

At ClerkBase, we love working with local government employees. We've built real friendships with our client contacts. img: Melinda Forrester We hope you'll join us in our LinkedIn Group discussion, "What do you love about your local government job?" Share the love!

Boards and commissions and committees, oh my!

2019-05-24T12:27:31+00:00May 22nd, 2019|boards and commissions, citizen participation, OnBoard|

Do you know how many boards, commissions, and/or committees your town government has? Do you know what they do, or who's on them? These groups drill-down on specific interests for the governing body, such as housing, health, property assessment, etc. The members are volunteers who are appointed or assigned to focus on that specific subject, and [...]

What’s the best piece of career advice you got that still resonates today?

2019-05-09T14:50:12+00:00May 8th, 2019|#clerkslife, career advice|

In honor of Municipal Clerk's Week, we hope you'll share your best career tips and advice for clerks and municipal professionals. In the Team ClerkBase office, the most common answers centered on focus and work/life balance, which is by far our most popular Pin board. What are your best words of wisdom? image credit: Phil [...]

Getting to know ClerkBase

2019-04-16T19:09:47+00:00April 24th, 2019|ClerkBase, local government, OnBoard, solutions, video streaming|

If you're a new reader, you may not have the most up-to-date information on ClerkBase and our services. You may have heard that ClerkBase has been in business for more than 25 years, providing government document solutions like agenda processing, meeting minutes and documentation, live and on-demand video streaming, and most recently, board and commission [...]

“The best employees are the disagreeable ones”

2019-04-16T19:01:35+00:00April 17th, 2019|leadership, office management|

Administrative/Superintendent by White Sands National Monument via Flickr You can agree to disagree, but Adam Grant asserts that, on a grid of givers and takers, friendly and grouchy, the best employees are grouchy givers. Has this been your experience? Where do you fall on the spectrum? Read the article on Quartz Media, and weigh in [...]

Very truly yours

2019-04-09T14:41:43+00:00April 10th, 2019|#clerkslife, communication|

Do you sign off your emails? At least your initial contact in an email string should contain the courtesy. What do you end with? "Best," "Regards," or "Sincerely"? The Career Contessa offers 83 options if you want to change it up a little. The way we end an email can encapsulate the tone of what [...]