One minute you’re making sure the Management Team are prepared for their BIG meeting with investors and offering your opinion on what they should have prepared and helping with their last minute edits to their presentations, the next you’re sorting through mail, fielding phone calls all while you are helping another co-worker with a project they need help with. You’re definitely not limited to one type of task and there is no doubt that without you the office would come tumbling down!
So you often ask, “who am I?” … that is simple right?!?! The administrative assistant.
Being an administrative assistant: easy right?! No, it is not an easy job…Okay, wait. What?
If we were to walk into an elementary school, middle school, high school or even a college and ask a bunch of people what their “dream job” is, how many do you think would say it was an administrative assistant?
Slim to none right. This job does not exactly have the reputation for being exciting, particularly rewarding and even being entry level. When one really deep-dives into this position, it can be exciting and rewarding and in some cases it is not an entry level position.
Today’s administrative assistant is pretty different from 10 | 5 | 2 years from now, HECK it is different from a week ago! You are the right hand man/woman of the President | CEO | Manager. You are intricate with what is happening in the company and need to be quick on your feet with the needs of the business. Let’s face it, everyone is depending on you.
You’re really the person who is making sure that all things are running efficiently. Because administrative assistants are support systems and the life-life to the company. Seems simple, but it’s not their days will vary depending on the schedules of the employees of the company.
Your Job is easy you have a short task list…what are you thinking Administrative Assistants task list are ongoing and are never the same
The kinds of things that an administrative assistant does will also change depending on what industry and what type of company they’re working for.
Smaller companies may not have “administrative assistant,” but they will have admin team or an office manager. They still have the same duties and stress even added responsibilities like applying bills, clerical work, cleaning the list goes on
This means you’re doing everything necessary to keep the company SANE.
Apart from basic clerical knowledge, administrative assistants working in specific rolls have to an understanding of those particular procedures, writing language, legal work, medical knowledge again the list goes on. Being an administrative assistant at a financial office, police station, library, medical office or park district you have specific items to learn and may even have to take some extra education classes.
Although the job will vary depending on the industry and size of the company, it is still a fun and rewarding job.
When your days are done being an administrative assistant and you are looking to “move up” in the world remember this: YOU ARE VALUED and YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ALL THE SUCCESSES THE COMPANY HAS ACHIEVED.
And to any employer reading this, do not toss a resume when you see past employment history of Administrative Assistant. Remember they are the ones who have helped their previous company grow and succeed. Administrative assistants are:
So what I am trying to say a couple of things:
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