WHAT DO EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTS DO?
Are you ready to be the boss' right hand? Executive assistants work with high-level executives at a company to provide top-level assistance. More elite than an entry-level assistant or secretary, an executive assistant is trusted with more high-end or complex duties. they in addition to handling incoming and outgoing communication, filing and clerical work, executive assistants might be in charge of scheduling meetings, maintaining complex filing systems and databases, document review and preparation and possibly overseeing other staff.
HOW MUCH DO ASSISTANTS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the median hourly pay for executive assistants in 2010 was $20.92, or $45,520 a year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Most administrative assistants need only a high school diploma with basic English and computer skills, but executive assistants are usually hired after years of assistant or secretarial experience.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Listening and Communication Skills: You will be expected to follow instruction from your supervisor, and your ability to understand those instructions with little or no follow up will be appreciated by your boss. Also, you might need to relate messages or instructions to others based from your supervisor. Good listening and communication skills ensures that the information is relayed correctly.
- People/Interpersonal Skills: You will be working directly with at least one person: your boss. But you also might be the first line of communication between your boss and the outside world, potentially speaking with clients, other employees and upper management.
- Organizational Skills: Your supervisor will likely rely on you to keep the working day in order. Scheduling meetings, travel plans, billing, etc. will all require you to have terrific organizational skills.
- Computer Skills: Writing emails, transcribing notes, faxing, copying, and creating spreadsheets or printing documents figure heavily in an executive assistant's day.
THE FUTURE OF EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTS
Executive secretaries/assistants are expected to grow 12 percent in the next ten years according to the BLS.