(Closed) Have you ever been in this position? What would you do?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I think that you need to find work that is both challenging and rewarding…there should be a mix. You should feel successful in what you do, but continue to grow in the position. Sounds like this new job isn’t a good fit- and I’m so, so sorry that you had that awful review. The comparison to a waitress is so unprofessional, I can’t believe she said that!!! 

If you could find work as an executive assistant, you think you would enjoy it, and the money’s the same…I woul;d do it! Why stick it out at a place that makes you feel miserable? 

I hope that this one experience doesn’t turn you off of your field for good, though. Is this a profession that you love? Would you want to do it if the environment was more supportive? You may want to start looking for positions with other companies, then… 

Of course, life is fluid ๐Ÿ™‚ Do what makes you happy, and you can always change jobs!!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@1stRosie:  If you like what you do/love what you do, go to another company & see how that goes….just because this woman has something negative to say about you doesn’t make it true! You could THRIVE at another company. But if there is nowhere for you to go from here (promotion wise) & this one doesn’t pay enough, then yea, I’d look into a new field personally.

I’m sorry this woman was so unbelievably rude. She obviously doesn’t have very many people skills.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@1stRosie:  Just FYI, it might not be so easy to switch into that line of work as you think it may be. Employers really want to see a history of admin assistant work (probably starting at something like receptionist, clerical, or data entry and working up at a consistent rate over time) before they would hire you into a standard admin assistant position, let alone executive assistant.

 

Not trying to put a dampner on your plans, I just wanted to  give you a heads up if you weren’t aware. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Asia: +1000

I’m an HR major at school & even with that, I still haven’t found a job that will interview me for an admin position =(

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@1stRosie:  Just as practice, here are the lists of requirements (stated or otherwise) that Executive assitants in my area require.

Min Requirements:

College Diploma (check)

Strong knowledge of Microsoft office (mostly excell experience)

Nine years progressive administrative support work experience to include 5 years recent administrative support to a senior executive

Proven mastery of a high volume calendar and messaging management using MS Outlook to include managing appointments, forwarding and responding on behalf of others, and taking a proactive approach to e-mails as needed

 

Preferred:

Certified professional secretary designation

MS Office Certified

Working knowledge of shairpoint

10+ years executive assistant experience in a corporate and or military setting supporting senior high level executives and or senior military officers.

 

This one is a little extreme, but as for Exec Assistant jobs, I have yet to see a posting which does not require 3-5 years experience as an executive assistant. I.E. you have to have moved up from an admin assistant in a previous job to provide exec support to the same employer.

 

As for Admin assistant, you really may be able to shift your previous experience to fit the posting. It is honestly not at all a stress free job, and you will more than likely be worked much harder than you would expect (and with less respect than you probably deserve)

 

Just giving a bit of perspective, though honestly, I’m sure you have already considered a lot of this. I just know that when I have been frustrated in my career path in the past, I would get a little dreamy about other jobs, without really considering the hurdles I’d have to jump to make it work (and be happy!) Honestly, in my last position as a receptionist/admin assistant for a family run company (with serious boundary issues) I would daydream about wht life would have been like if I’d gotten a Graphic Design degree instead of a Fine Arts degree and walked that path. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t ditch years of graphic experience to be an administrative assistant personally. Are you not interested in looking at other companies? Not all of them are so rigid, and there are a lot of different things you can do with graphic design.

Post # 12
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1066 posts
Bumble bee

@1stRosie:  You have studied graphic design and yet they say you lack attention to detail? Did she clarify this at all? In what way do you lack attention to detail? You make a lot of errors?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@1stRosie:  I think you are making the right decision. It is a horrible situation to be in, and so negative and self esteem destroying lol, when you are obviously intelligent,talented and have so much to offer.You deserve better. Good luck!!

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