What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Administrative Assistant in Lebanon:
"A degree is important for promotion."
Be active in following through on tasks. Ask plenty of questions. Find out why things are done a specific way, it may be important!
Administrative Assistant in Waukon:
"Perks and valuable skills."
You must have great communication skills. You need to know the Building Contractors in the area along with real estates businesses. Knowing the townships in the County is a must. Know the setbacks for building structures. Computers skills with data entry a must.
Administrative Assistant in Chicago:
"Multi-tasking is not a good idea."
Although it cannot always be helped, try not to multi-task. It is too distracting and you have a bigger chance of making errors.
Administrative Assistant in Honolulu:
"Need to be flexible and assertive, as necessary."
Work hard and do more than your share. Always look for opportunities to learn new things.
Administrative Assistant in Santa Cruz:
"Focus on Being of Value Rather than Personal Success."
There's a reason they call it Administrative "Assistant." It's an "It's not about me" job. You assist and support others, so if you want to get ahead, it may be a way to get your foot in the door, but be careful. Don't make yourself *too* indispensable--or management may think they can't do without you where you are and be hesitant to promote you. If you're looking to move upward, you're looking to find that balance between showing your stuff but also remaining supportive to them.
But if you want a job where you can go in, do good work, then go home and focus on your own life and interests, then it can be a good gig. I did mid-management work for years--then "demoted" myself to support-staff work. I didn't want the headaches of management and supervision, and I was fortunate to be able to afford the pay cut (home paid for and no kids). Pay attention to what benefits are offered--and ask for more money. Even if you only get 50 cents more an hour, over time it'll really add up.