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Okay, important question.

I need to get a bunch of people's opinions/thought/experience here:

What is "administrative experience?" (and how do I know if I have three years of it?)

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lyssabard
Sep. 22nd, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Pop term for secretarial experience--filing, photocopying, answering phones, writing letters, etc. am sure you can do it...and it should be administrative support, I believe :)
Have to double check. Do you still need me to do your resume?
aekiy
Sep. 22nd, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
Danko! And sometime, ya.. like I said in IM. Got to check over it sometime and update it with things.. but mya.
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aekiy
Sep. 22nd, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Sounds good to me.. I gathered that generally admin-assists tend to do that sort of work, but realized I had no idea what they actually mean by that requirement. Looks like I already have my 3+ years covered there, so no problem. (^*^)
helen99
Sep. 22nd, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
I've listed some of the things an admin assistant does (they don't necessarily do *all* of these things, but an admin could be asked to do any of these things:


  • Field calls and visitors for managers
  • Schedule meetings and reserve conference rooms
  • Make travel arrangements (this is a big one in a lot of admin jobs):
  • Call travel agency and books flights, make hotel reservations (shouldn't be a problem for you - I've seen you arrange travel for yourself to places you have never been before).
  • Handle correspondence - type outgoing, file outgoing and incoming.
  • Inventory office supplies such as folders, binders, paper, pens, pencils, magic markers, paper clips, etc., and re-order if low


The following assumes they use microsoft, which isn't always the case:

  • Handle word processing tasks when necessary, usually in MS Word.
  • Do pretty presentations for managers in MS Powerpoint.
  • Possibly enter data into MS Excel spreadsheets to do financial calculations.
  • They might ask you to do something in MS Access or MS Project - wouldn't hurt to learn those if possible.


General skills needed are MS Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Project), Wouldn't hurt to take an MS Office class at MC if possible. Phone, organizational, and people skills. Able to work under some pressure.
You have the phones experience, editing experience, MS Word, and you can type fast and accurately, which should be able to get your foot in the door.
They will probably give you a typing test. The other stuff you can pick up as you go along or by taking classes at MC.
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