An executive assistant is generally responsible for organizing and managing a busy executive?s schedule. They may also provide training and orientation to new staff, conduct research, prepare statistical reports, coordinate administrative activities, and supervise other clerical staff. As an executive assistant, you must have extensive knowledge of software applications and have good written and oral communication skills. Most employers will also require a professional manner with good interpersonal and customer service skills. As an executive assistant, you must also be able to maintain a sense of confidentiality. Executive assistants often deal with information that is not public knowledge. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of these duties are of a personal, interactive nature and are not easily automated. Technology simply can?t substitute for personal skills.
Employment and Education
As an executive assistant, you may work in schools, hospitals, legal, and corporate offices. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 9 out of 10 executive assistants work for service-providing industries, such as education, health, government, and retail trade. The basic training for an executive assistant is through a combination of classes and general office experience. Most business schools and colleges offer a two-year program for an associate?s degree. You may be required to take classes in bookkeeping, word-processing, business communication, and time management. It may be necessary to continue your education and retrain as technology evolves. There are also several certifications available to enhance your qualifications. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ?Certification in this field usually is rewarded by a higher salary.?
Publish date: February 10, 2011