An administrative assistant performs administrative and clerical tasks such as organizing and maintaining files, handling correspondence, creating presentations and reports, planning and scheduling meetings, disseminating official communications, operating fax machines and photocopiers, handling travel arrangements, and coordinating other administrative activities. Advanced tasks include negotiating with vendors and providing training and orientation for new staff.
Administrative assistant jobs remain popular owing to the general nature of tasks that does not require much specialized or technical skills. Such jobs also offer the maximum opportunities. But the ultimate question is how to advance your administrative assistant career?
The popularity and opportunities notwithstanding, success and advancement require proficiency in several skills such as ability to multi-task, good communication skills, ability to coordinate activities, advanced computer skills, people skills, ability to strike rapport with people, ability to maintain discretion, good judgment, organizational or management ability, ability to take initiative, ability to work independently and much more. Most people in the organization consider the administrative assistant as a “jack of all trades and the master of every one of them."
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