How to go from Administrative Assistant to Executive Assistant
Executive assistants often start out as administrative assistants—performing office maintenance work—then graduate to juggling tasks for the higher-ups but this takes time but often when small tasks are accomplished, more responsibilities are usually given so there is the feeling of inclusiveness.
The responsibilities still include the basics, such as managing the boss’s calendar, coordinating meetings, and taking messages, executive assistants are also tasked with providing high-level administrative support for the company and its top executives.
Now, an executive assistant’s role may include analyzing incoming documents, preparing research reports, and sometimes supervising other clerical staff members. As such, the assistant functions as an integral part of the office.
As the Job market tightens, Human Resources are looking for that combination in talent and flexibility with their administrative support and executive assistants as well. Advancement in title needs to be proven in the work place so the most senior of executives get to notice the hungry assistant who wants to learn, opposed to the workers that waits for work to come to them. That’s who gets ahead in a tight job market, the “Go- Getter”. C- level executives will request and reward those who show they have what it takes and offer a bigger title in your career.
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