Advancement

Employers expect greater computer proficiency from all levels of admin pros than they did only a few years ago, staffing firm reps say. Being able to chip in on assignments involving computer work offers one of the best ways for receptionists to move up.
Regret that you never finished college? Wish that you’d majored in something else? Look closely at all the skills and knowledge you’ve picked up on the job …you could be closer to earning a college degree than you’ve ever imagined…
Don’t let your employer’s salary range deter you from seeking better pay … especially if you’re a top performer.
You don’t need the word “chief” in your title to act as a leader to the troops. Show that you possess the qualities for promotion by exhibiting these leadership traits:
Cliques in the workplace extend well beyond who sits with whom in the lunchroom. These informal but tightly knit circles often hold the information and influence that make offices hum. Knowing how to maneuver among them can spin your career to new heights.
If you lament others treating you like “just a secretary,” examine how you break the stereotype of one who types, files and fetches coffee.
Imagine holding the title of “senior secretary” or “executive secretary” one day and being called an “administrative assistant” the next—for the same job and pay. That can happen when an organization streamlines support staff job titles. But don’t despair if you feel your title doesn’t reflect the work you do…

Ready to rise to the executive ranks?

April 1, 2004 Categorized in: Advancement

If you’re effective and execute work flawlessly with integrity and style, you might want to contact someone like Melba Duncan. Duncan, founder of the Duncan Group, specializes in finding top-notch assistants for top-level executives. Another reason you may need Duncan’s help: “This is one of the most difficult jobs to put on paper,” she says.
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