Administrative Professionals Day is a day to recognize the office professionals that keep businesses running smoothly. Ever wonder what it takes to be an administrative professional? We’re looking at the skills that help administrative professionals make businesses work.
Though administrative professionals are often the unsung heroes of the office, on April 24th we celebrate the contributions these employees make to the workplace. This Administrative Professionals Day, join us as we look at the many skills that are key to an administrative assistant job description. So, whether you’re looking for administration jobs, thinking about entering the field, or just brushing up on your resume, here are the top six skills you develop as an administrative professional.
1. Time management and organizational skills
Successful administrative professionals have one thing in common: superb time management and organizational skills. With multiple essential and often times sensitive responsibilities to tackle throughout the day, there is a focus on effective time management and organization to skillfully manage the workload.
2. Creative problem-solving skills
From troubleshooting and providing technical support when required, to assisting with employee and client relations, an office environment is riddled with time-sensitive problems. As the office administrative professional, it is your responsibility to keep the business’s policies in mind and find a quick resolution to keep the office running smoothly.
3. Software competency and computer skills
From Microsoft Office Suite to CRMs, as the office administrative professional, you are expected to know and excel in them all. These productivity and organizational programs maintain the flow of business in the office. With these skills, you’ll be able to rule the office!
4. High attention to detail
Whether acknowledged or not, administrative professionals fill an essential role for the organization’s operations. Supporting every department within the office requires strong attention to detail for administrative professionals to accurately complete projects or work assignments. An error on even the smallest detail can have a ripple effect on the entire organization.
No two days for an administrative professional are ever the same. Their job and responsibilities shift based on business demands and colleague needs. As top priority tasks accumulate throughout the day, it is the duty of the administrative team to multitask to efficiently complete their workload and projects in a timely manner.
An obvious, yet under recognized skill, strong communication is essential for every aspect of an administrative professional’s job. After all, administrative colleagues are responsible for communication such as coordinating meetings, presentations, workshops, training sessions, memos, reports and so much more.
Are you ready for a challenging and rewarding career as an administrative professional? Adecco has you covered. Check out our full range of administrative positions available and visit your local branch to register today!