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I was told that being an Administrative Assistant is a gofer position. But, before I get into what this “gofer” position has done for me over the years, let’s recap what the position really entails.
Besides doing the things others are not willing to do, for example; running around for others; pretty much being told what to do and how to do it and when to do it. Well if you understand that knowledge is wealth, you will simply write everything down being taught to you on a daily basis. Trust me, this is a position, career or journey that will take you places, and not only that, you’ll use it in your EVERYDAY life…and not every position or career will do that for you!
After being a basic admin for at least three consecutive years assisting a manager, you can say you’ve managed to learn the basic fundamentals which includes some basic computer skills, software packages and light bookkeeping! You’re now ready to graduate …this means more responsibilities. With more RESPONSIBILITIES, you’re forced to PRIORITIZE and learn more about TECHNOLOGY and right before you know it, you’ll be teaching the Managers, Directors and the Vice President a thing a or two on efficiency. Once you’ve gained trust within yourself, you’re ready to move up once again but, this time with a voice. You’re an ASSET to any industry…meaning you will always find work!
Imagine.. a couple of years ago you started as an office assistant then a basic administrator and now the Executive Assistant to a Hedge Fund. You now have a lot of POWER! You’re giving advice on who to hire, what the department needs to run efficiently and effectively, you’re in charge of payroll and raises, not only managing the department but, also the personal life’s of some of these elites. Do you actually know what a 10 year experienced Executive Assistant salary looks like? check it out here: http://www.salary.com – http://swz.salary.com/SalaryWizard/Executive-Assistant-Job-Description.aspx
Some may not realize that Directors, COO and CFO must go through you first before getting to the CEO. Trust me, with SUCH title comes MUCH responsibilities. However, I left out a couple of key aspects like communicating effectively and writing skills are so important! They’re trusting you to make them look and stay great! You’re truly the right hand.
Now with my years of experience this “GOFER” title awarded me to work with some of the best prestigious companies and people in the Northeast; they gave me the OPPORTUNITY to grow, become certified and now teach. It has afforded me lots however, you must have tough skin and not be a “yes” person just because he/she signs your paycheck. Also, have your own voice and instill the trust because Executives and Owners can’t do it alone; discover you’re a TEAM. Someone has to be reasonable, open minded and willing to do whatever it takes to get the task done. This is NOT for the average 9 to 5’ers.
Now take a look at the words I have in “caps & bolded” above; just think.. I do everything mentioned above easily from my home office ..
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As a business owner we know there’s much to deal with… everyday business as usual. However sometimes we must make our best judgment on how to deal with the unforeseen like not having enough to pay the business, squeezing by to pay interns, setting aside emergency money for “Uncle Sam”. What I’ve realized from my own life’s experience in this area, is that perseverance, the will and faith in your business is for the good of the economy, your community and elders. Collaborating and sharing with ‘like mind’ you’ll soon find out that you are not alone. Giving up on passion is such a waste of talent and gifts that some people fight to find on this thing called journey. So be resilient, innovative, proactive and fight for your business. Evaluate and spend time on the areas that are lacking. Read and research, do a cross analysis and share your ideas. People are willing to listen, if you don’t, you will not know where you’re weak. Hiring a part-time back office support (www.TheExpertOffices.com ) to help you gain time to your everyday workload; eliminate mistakes and finish task within a timely fashion so you can do what you do best….
Is this you? Do you roll out of bed and turn on your computer? I for one don’t think it’s a healthy thing to do… If you don’t take time out to make yourself presentable for yourself, how much effort will you put into your clients work, not unless the job calls for ripped jeans and a hardhat…LOL. In today’s corporate world offices are now very relaxed with the work environment…a relaxed employee works harder? However, you’re still held accountable for your attire. But, my stay at home professionals should always be ready to run out the door to meet your next prospect or be prepared for that Skype meeting; please don’t get caught in your bed cloths and a coffee mug in your hand!!
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I’m smarter than most of you…LOL in my field of course! Here’s where your business can work against you because of fear. Most of us today struggle with this, afraid of sharing too much because you think someone will steal your “big” idea but, if you’re not careful, you can prohibit your business from growing. It’s not just what you know, but how well you do it. There’s only one McDonalds and one Burger King but both of them sell hamburgers, both use beef so what do they do differently besides having different logos and slogans? They even cater to the same market “people”, so I ask again, what do they do differently? I’ll tell you…they perfected a required taste they believe and trust in so much, that they’re willing to share it (it’s called Franchise).
Understand this, the more competitors the quicker you’ll understand “accountability” which will push you to be the best in your industry. Don’t be afraid of sharing, besides, it’s free marketing. And how will you ever get better at your craft if you don’t have anyone to compete against. With this being said, when you have someone on your team trust that they have the interest of the company however, use your discretion when hiring; you need someone that will help you grow and this means hiring someone with more experience than you. Most new businesses can’t afford someone with such talent but, you can hire interns willing to learn and work hard for commission, or they just want to gain access to how you got started in your own business. Don’t fret, these interns are your allies and they might become one of your best managers.
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