Post # 1
So, I’ve had plenty of Admin Assistant jobs in the past, and am currently job hunting for a job closer to home (I currently commute an hour and half….each way!!)
I’ve seen a few Executive Assitant job postings in my area, which pay pretty well, but for some reason I’m pretty intimidated by them. The aspects that I’m not completely comfortable with are meeting/event planning, and making travel arrangements. I’ve never had to do those things for any job in the past. One of the open positions is Exec Assistant for the mayor’s office, which is also really scary to me! Scary, but also challenging, in a good way.
So I’d like to hear from some EAs to find out what the learning curve is like, whether you’re happy at your job, and any tips and tricks from going from an Admin to Exec level!
Thanks, bees!! 🙂
Post # 3
@Kings7911: i’m an executive assistant. easy peasy, lemon squeezy. one of the easiest jobs i’ve ever had.
depends on how big the meetings you’ll have to arrange are, and how complicated the travel. for me none of that was hard, because i’ve been to countries that required Visas and knew how to handle that. conference arrangement was always fun for me, too.
it’s really just all about organization and communication skills. if you’re smart and motivated and have those things, they can train you on any of the day to day tasks.
Post # 4
@TwoStatesBride: Thank you! That’s good to hear. I guess it truly depends on the company, and no two EA jobs are alike. I love planning and organizing parties, etc in my social life, but have never had to do it on a corporate level. I’m confident that I can be easily trained on the day to day tasks once hired, but I’m actually more worried about be able to prove in an interview that I’ll make a good EA even though a lot of it is new to me!
ETA: I get MAJOR interview anxiety and struggle with coming across as confident!!
Post # 5
@Kings7911: I was an EA for a few years back in 2001-2003. I looooved it! Travel plans are a breeze. Planning meetings is prob my most hated things bc I hated having to coordinate a bunch of people’s schedules. As with most jobs, who you work for makes all the difference.
As for the interview, smile a lot. Ask for a moment to consider answers if you need it. Just bring your most personable self. I am a people person and have learned how to make people like me. Ask questions- I’m really good at asking personal questions and putting people at ease.
Post # 6
@mamadingdong: Thanks for the tips! I sometimes have to arrange teleconferences at my job so I know what you mean about people’s schedules. So annoying sometimes! Lol