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Executive Assistant

Career Highlights

  • High demand career
  • Expect a great salary
  • Great high energy rewarding career

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Career Summary

Executive Assistants are responsible for activities such the scheduling, planning, and organizing of meetings, events and travel. Their responsibilities will also include preparing and editing documents, reports and presentations, establishing and maintaining critical database information, and ensuring the effective and professional handling of incoming and outgoing correspondence and telephone calls.

Executive AssistantMost employers will look for key skills in an assistant. The top skills and experience a executive assistant will need is administrative expertise, customer service and confident technical skills. In addition, every candidate needs to have excellent written and verbal communication skills and they should be able to work in an unsupervised environment. They work and interact with others on a daily basis to schedule meetings and/or conference rooms, prepare routine documents and answer/re-direct incoming phone calls. It is the responsibility of the Executive Assistant to make and coordinate all travel arrangements that may extend into ensuring that personal agenda items are taken care of. This could include making reservations for pet care, hiring and supervising a vacation home care individual and picking up travel necessities.

There are a variety of reasons why an executive assistant is needed at a company. Most provide administrative support and personal tasks help to executive level positions such as the Vice President or the Director of Business Development. In addition to executive support, there may be times when the Executive Assistant will assist other departments as time and capacity permit.

The ability to multi-task, prioritize, and self-manage in a fast paced environment is always required. Furthermore, it is becoming more common that Executive Assistants need to know Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable software. Many times Executive Assistants will have direct communications with vendors and will need to handle all aspects of the transactions of goods and payments. Because of this new fusion of skills, a larger majority of international corporations are looking at people who have obtained a certification and or degree in executive assistance.

Salary

$44000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Business Administration
  • Executive Assistance
  • Master of Business Administration

Career Skills

  • Basic computer hardware
  • Internet web skills
  • Data management fundamentals
  • Editing and proofing
  • Effective business communications
  • Fundamental office skills
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Maintaining files and records
  • Presentation software
  • Professional telephone skills
  • Report writing
  • Research for writing
  • Travel planning
  • Accounting

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*Salary ranges based on location, experience, and demand. This number represents a rough nation-wide average.