Administrative Assistant Advice

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

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.

Administrative Assistant in Las Vegas:
"I wish I had gone to college & received my degree."
Learn as much as you can about the company you work for as well as staying up to date on any and all changes that effect your position and your company. Be diligent in your duties and stay informed and available for whatever comes your way. Enjoy your work. Always smile!

Administrative Assistant in Southlake:
"People are your greatest resource."
If you work for a higher up, you have one of the hardest jobs in the world. You consistently bear the weight of your stress, his/her stress, & the progress and/or success of the organization. Skills needed for success will be diverse & ever-expanding because your role will be diverse & ever-expanding. A good gauge for success is your boss' level of efficiency in his role, which means much of what falls onto his plate will come to you. Fear not: this will develop your leadership skills. Build relationships & ask questions - lots of them. You may never know everything, but if you develop a healthy network, you can always know someone who does. I find a good rule of thumb in any field is: find 3-5 people who do your job better than you & meet with them regularly. Try to learn as much about how they do what they do and why they do it that way as possible. They will become some of your greatest resources. Never be afraid to fail. Failing gets you one step closer to the best solution.

Administrative Assistant in Augusta:
"Don't make assumptions."
Even though many of the people in this field have been working here for years don't assume that they know what they are talking about. They may know their job but cannot communicate what they do to others. Many need someone to translate their abilities in an easy to follow guide for new hires. People also assume that since you are good at your job, you know all the answers. You need to draw the line of what your responsibilities are and guide them in the right direction. You do not work for Human Resources so don't answer questions for them, direct them to the correct person. To excel at your job, learn the different areas that are included in your department. Even if you aren't accomplished in them, learn the basics.

Administrative Assistant in Austin:
Pay attention to detail. Don't let the little things get backed up because then they become big things. When a patient is in front of you stop doing everything and pay attention to the patient. Be here now!!

Administrative Assistant in New York:
Word, Excel, Web developer, computer IT, Golf event planner.

Administrative Assistant in Chattanooga:
MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS IN WRITING.