Imagine yourself going to work with one thing on your mind: You basically make your boss look good! As you tackle your new tasks for the day, you know that it comes down to one thing: that you’re a direct reflection of your executive and your responsible for their productivity as well as their teams.
As an Executive Assistant, your day will usually go around checking your calendar for today’s agenda. Yes, you have be a calendar czar! You will also do the sorting of your executive’s emails, and to do tasks assigned to you. An important thing to note is that you should have two things locked down which is managing their calendar and their emails. In terms of their calendar, you must keep in mind that your executive’s time is precious and limited so you need to know what’s important and how to balance it all. Meanwhile, in terms of emails, you’re exposed daily to highly confidential information so you’re expected to be tactful and pragmatic. Expect that you will be doing a lot of tasks which includes getting coffee, to implementing company-wide initiatives, to pretty much coordinating with everyone. So prepare to be resourceful to make things happen!
So, do you have what it takes to become an Executive Assistant?
So what is it we’re looking for? Well since this an EA post, we need someone who can act as a “gatekeeper” for the executive’s professional life. It’s also key that you will be able to handle administrative duties, that you can collaborate well with other key members of the organization globally, and you can gravitate towards action and urgency when accomplishing tasks.
Let’s also be technical. We need someone who’s knowledgeable in presentation, communication and interpersonal skills. Also, we need someone who can navigate his/her way in different Google and Microsoft applications.
What else? We need someone who’s highly motivated and independent with commitment to oversee projects. We also need someone who’s organized and can work with grace under pressure.
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