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These are Articles for Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistants

(All articles below are under copyright and owned by The Effective Admin; you do not have permission to reprint them in your newsletters, Web sites, etc.)

Who Are Administrative Professionals? - What does an administrative professional do? What is an admin?

Administrative Assistant Job Descriptions - What’s a typical day for an administrative professional?

Administrative Professional Job Titles – Job titles for administrative office positions.

Administrative Assistant Skills and Executive Assistant Skills - Find out what administrative assistant skills and executive assistant skills are in demand by today’s employers.

Executive Assistant vs Office Manager (job description) – Is the next advancement level up from executive assistant that of an office manager? Find out here.

Supporting a Manager Versus an Executive as an Administrative Professional – Here are the differences between supporting a a mid-level manager and an executive.

Do You Need a College Degree to Work as an Administrative Assistant or Executive Assistant? – Learn how important a college degree is to getting a position in administrative support, or not.

Skills Assessment Testing During Administrative Assistant Job Interviews - Skills assessment questions and answers for administrative professional job candidates:

  • Why do employers conduct these tests during job interviews?
  • How can I prepare?
  • If I get called back after an interview to take a skills assessment, is this considered a good sign?
  • How much will my results affect my chances of getting the job?

Should Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistants Pursue More Education? - Here are a few thoughts on that.

How to be The Irreplaceable Administrative Professional – Learn what can set you apart from your administrative professional colleagues.

10 Reasons Some Administrative Professionals Aren’t Doing Professional Development – This is a list you don’t want to be on. You’re not on it, are you?

What is a Successful Administrative Professional? – Here are five ways you might define success as an administrative assistant or executive assistant.

Is the Green Monster Blocking Your Workplace Satisfaction and Success – Read this article to learn how to unintentionally sabotage your own success and satisfaction as an administrative professional (or just stress yourself out over what’s not really important at work).

Tips for You to Become a More Successful Administrative Professional: - The Admin Pro Coach and Advisor Karen Porter addresses some questions in this section including…

  • What do the best administrative professionals have in common?
  •  Do you need to be an extrovert in personality to achieve on the job and career success as an administrative professional (versus an introvert)?
  • Can I be successful as an administrative professional by just working hard at my desk (nose to the grindstone as the old adage goes)?
  • Can I be a successful administrative professional by learning as I go on the job?

Administrative Professionals Week and Day - Read what, when and why in these articles.
Administrative Professionals Day
Administrative Assistant Day

Administrative Assistant Goals – Executive Assistant Goals – Why is it so hard to set goals for administrative assistants and executive assistants?

Preparing for Your Next Performance Appraisal – Here are some thoughts for proactively planning for your performance appraisal.


These are excerpts from the paid subscription The Effective Admin Newsletter:

Why Some Managers or Executives Won’t, or Can’t, Let Go of Tasks and Delegate Them to Their Admins and What to do About it

How to Effectively Support Multiple Managers and Executives

How to Make Your Administrative Professional Business Relationship With the Person You Support a More Successful One

What Boundaries to Set at Work as an Administrative Professional and Why

What to do When it’s Time to Manage Your Manager’s or Executive’s E-mail Account

Tips for Administrative Professionals Who Can’t Seem to get it all, or any of it, Done on Time

The Difference Between Qualitative Goals and Quantitative Goals: One can Say You’re A “Good” Admin; the Other can Prove it!

The Value of Thinking More Like Those You Support and How to do it

What Should You Do? The Skill of Independent Decision Making for Admin Professionals

Dealing With Difficult People in Your Administrative Professional Role

Learn Three Ways to Like Your Administrative Professional Job Again

How You Can be a More Proactive Administrative Professional

Three Steps of Outcome-Based Development Planning for Administrative Professionals

Just Keep Getting Better: How to Use Flow Charts to Improve Administrative Processes

Four Things That Make a “Good” Administrative Professional into a “Great” One


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♦ If you are enjoying the articles above, I encourage you to join my e-membership organization called Virtual Association for Administrative Professionals (VAAP). You will find more in-depth information on those article topics above and others in the educational and informational resources and publications provided to VAAP members.

Plus you can let employers know during your performance appraisals that you belong to VAAP — an educational organization in your field dedicated to continuous learning and knowledge you can apply on the job for your employer.

Or if you’re job searching, put that you are a member of VAAP in the continuing education section (or wherever appropriate on your resume) so that prospective employers know you’re committed to improving yourself in your role.

Karen Porter, founder and president of The Effective Admin and the Virtual Association for Administrative Professionals (VAAP)

Free Resources

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