Administrative Assistants as Managers

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April 8, 2014 — 3,808 views  
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The term “administrative assistant” describes a wide range of jobs where the person holding the position offers administrative support to colleagues in business enterprises. A good administrative assistant more often than not has excellent managerial qualities.

Types of administrative assistants

Depending on the office, there are a number of managerial tasks which comes under the role of administrative assistants:

  • Employees holding the position of administrative assistant usually offer support to particular teams or departments in a company, like Accounting, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources or even Information Technology. In smaller firms, a single administrative assistant (admin for short) provides vital support to everyone in office.
  • Executive assistants or secretaries provide much needed support to high rankling company heads or a small cluster of executives. Responsibilities include handling sensitive or private personal and corporate information.
  • The principal task of a receptionist is answering the telephone and greeting visitors who come to the office.
  • Project assistants are tasked with providing support for a particular individual, and responsibilities frequently include personal errands of the boss.
  • Clerks provide office support which is limited to particular tasks like data entry or filing.
  • Accounting assistants offer support to the Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Finance departments. In such jobs, the individual knows detailed accounting practices.
  • Production assistants offer support to groups and people in television and film production.


Administrative assistants perform a number of functions, like:

  • Assist with all the aspects of logistics, equipment inventory, administrative management and directory maintenance.
  • Manage the inventory of supplies and assets and monitor the stocks' critical level. They also submit invoices and source suppliers.
  • Coordinate between operating units and departments to resolve daily operational and administrative problems.
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings, events, interviews and similar activities.
  • Sending out and receiving packages and mail.
  • Formulating business correspondence using computer software like spreadsheet and word processing.
  • Managing files and sending faxes.
  • Identify and research important sources of data.
  • Wide ranging office support.
  • Preparing the minutes of the meeting, internal support materials and meeting notes.
  • Sending and receiving forms for the employer.
  • All daily operational matters.

 Expectations from employers

Employers prefer knowledgeable people. They should have that winning combination of personal charisma, skills and attitudes. Employers look for:

  • Strong commitment towards work
  • Professionalism and productivity
  • Technical skills

A good administrative assistant is an excellent problem solver, capable of critical thinking. He or she must also possess superlative collaboration and teamwork skills.

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