Administrative assistants are increasingly assuming responsibilities once reserved for managerial and professional staff. This occupation ranks among those with the largest number of job openings. Opportunities should be best for applicants with extensive knowledge of computer software applications.
Employers increasingly require extensive knowledge of computer software applications, such as desktop publishing, project management, spreadsheets, and database management. Employers of executive assistants typically seek candidates with a college degree, as these individuals work closely with top executives. A degree related to the business or industry in which a person is seeking employment may provide the jobseeker with an advantage in the application process.
Administrative assistants should be proficient in typing and good at spelling, punctuation, grammar, and oral communication. Employers also look for good customer service and interpersonal skills because administrative assistants must be tactful in their dealings with people. Discretion, good judgment, organizational or management ability, initiative, and the ability to work independently are especially important for higher-level administrative positions. Changes in the office environment have increased the demand for administrative assistants who are adaptable and versatile.
The following online resources will provide additional career information:
- International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Office Team - www.officeteam.com
- International Virtual Assistants Association
- Office Team 2013 Salary Guide
- Certified Administrative Professional Rating
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