Administrative Assistant Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Administrative Assistant in Vancouver:
"A few things to think about to avoid potential admin issues."
There will always be other peoples demands crashing down on you, as it is the nature of this role to assist others. At the same time this can result in chronic emergencies pulling your priorities out of alignment. It can be difficult not to take on too many projects or set boundaries and create realistic time frames for others but remembering that you can please everyone and picking your battles will make you and those you admin for happier in the long run than just saying yes to everything in the moment. Try to find a positive/kind/tactful way to train/not enable people who chronically give you rush projects (that could've been avoided / should have been assigned sooner etc). Also I think waiting to change or tweek processes/procedures/etc until you know your role is generally a good idea. (When you are new employee at a company, resist the urge to do things "your way" until you have mastered the position and know exactly what you may be affecting.)

Administrative Assistant in Brant:
"Stay Positive."
You are the first point of contact so visitors can physically see how you are representing your company/ agency and callers can hear whether or not you are smiling when you answer the phone. Stay discreet in your position and be diplomatic.

Administrative Assistant in Prince George:
"Quick Learner."
To succeed in office environment, one must be a quick learner and take detailed notes. No one likes to repeat themselves.

Administrative Assistant in Vancouver:
"Communication is key."
Ability to communicate effectively is a must. You are the navigator through different personalities and deadlines, and you will be required to meet those deadlines either in spite or because of those personalities. It's important to create a thicker skin and to maintain a healthy work life balance.

Administrative Assistant in Lethbridge:
"Working under nepotism."
Get out as soon as you find out if your boss and co-worker are related.

Administrative Assistant in Ottawa:
"Workload varies greatly."
Pros: Pay can be good, especially at the government. Decent paid vacations time. Job security / stability is fairly high. You become the center of the team (aside from the manager). Most of the time you can manager your own priorities. Cons: It can be stressful, deadlines can be incredibly short. The work atmosphere depends about 80% on your manager. If you have a good one, work will be very pleasant. If you have a bad one, coming to work will not be enjoyable. Advice: If you like paperwork, this job is for you. There is always a lot of paperwork to do. HR, budget, transactions, travels, printing, scanning, emailing.

Administrative Assistant in Edmonton:
Do not leave a unionized position for a management position.