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Work Goals I work as an executive assistant, environment division of a philanthropic foundation and I need help setting some work goals. Any suggestions? Joaquin Mercado 2/5/2017 12:23:16 PM2
Certifications I have been looking into gaining certification for being an Executive Admin/Assistant. I have reviewed the Professional Admin Certificate of Excellence (PACE) and the IAAP Certified Administrative Professional (CAP). Are there others? Any one have opinion or facts on which is better? Thank you in advance. Kerrin Daudt 1/31/2017 12:50:57 PM2
Job Titles and Descriptions I work for a large corporation and have been tasked to come up with job titles descriptions for different levels of executive assistants: We have the following types of assistants: - CEO Assistant - Senior Vice President Assistant - Vice President Assistant - Director Assistant If you work for a large company; can you send me a sample of what your company uses for job descriptions for different levels of assistants? What are the titles you use, job description for each, etc. You can respond back to the forum or if you prefer you can email directly at nickical@cox.net Nikki 3/2/2015 2:19:20 PM0
Are most admin positions these days temp to hire? Is it just my luck or am I just encountering temporary positions only? I'm tempted to just accept them because it would get my foot finally into the door but I'm just afraid of the risk of not being hired at the end. Also, the benefits would be from the temp agency, wouldn't it? Does anybody have experience being hired this way? Would you advice against it and keep on looking? Does anybody know who is hiring for a full-time admin? TSK 3/11/2014 9:09:19 AM0
New Job Title Help I have been asked to create a new job title for myself. My 'added' responsibilities will be as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors. This is not an officer position. I have been responsible for all of this work since my position began, but my boss (President/CEO) wants to give me a substantial upgrade/raise and the new job title would justify that. Any help out there? I was thinking of Director of Executive and Board Affairs. Comments?? Alice 2/24/2014 10:13:18 AM10
A career change I have been running my own family owned business for close to 30 years and plan to close it down soon. Going into the "real" workplace after so many years is DAUNTING! I have Administrative skills and background and know offices and 'secretarial' work has moved light years ahead of early training. I am currently considering a Office Systems Specialist Certificate at my local community college (24 hrs) but am not seeing a similiar program offered in other states or communities. I have an opportunity of relocating and have interest in NC, GA. Does anyone know a solid accredited program that can help me prepare for today's office environment? I do not have the resources to enter into a degree program so time involved and fiances are a factor. Thank you! I hope somebody has some information or can direct me to a viable web site that can offer some help! Elizabeth Bridges 11/8/2013 7:40:52 AM1
Meal Reimbursement Our company reimburses for meals (same day travel) only if the employee's total travel time is more than 10 hours. At one time this was in some federal regulation. Can anyone help me find the regulation? Or has the regulation changed and we should reimburse for lunch even if total travel time is under 10 hours? Thanks. Anonymous 10/15/2013 7:32:34 AM7
What kind of resume format should I use? I used to be an Administrative Executive for nearly two years like back in year 2001 and later after that I changed career to book retail, applied related skills to every aspect of my career in that industry which was fun and fulfilling. Lately, the industry have been struggling and haven't seen any room for advancement in a long time. Plus the earnings are lower than what an admin gets, which I find to be unfair for the amount of stress one goes through in the customer service industry. I had to make a tough decision to go back into the admin line of work and have been applying for positions but I'm at a loss as to the format of resume I should use. Combination or functional? How can I highlight my two years of admin work that happened long ago compared to my vast experience in retail? The competition is tough and I'm not sure how I can stand out with my sort of experience... TSK 9/23/2013 10:18:20 PM3
Afterhours Ok I’m in a very small department; we’ve ranged from 3-4 employees over the years. We have a director (salary), 1 other salary position and 2 hourly positions. The other salary position has always been the liaison with other departments, so in that since has more of a supervisor type role. However due to budget cuts this position is now hourly and part time, which takes away that supervisor role. Ok with that all said the question is what do you do about the director and another employee from the same department hanging out after hours? Does matter on age, gender, etc. We have no policy on it, but just everyday normal morals says it’s wrong. Hanging out with your boss afterhours makes you look bad, the boss look bad and maybe even the company. It makes people think you are up to something, that you are getting special privileges, etc. It effects your work day too because you know there is personal talk going on because a friendship has formed. With this being a small department ... Annoymous 9/12/2013 12:01:15 PM8
Workplace Vending Alternatives Hi, I would love to get some feedback on what your current vending operations are like in your workplace? We currently have a traditional vending setup and I'm looking to upgrade to a "market style" operation. It's an open, cashless system that is more inviting, provides better quality and fresh foods. It is monitored so any shrinkage (theft) is not absorbed by the company. I am pursuing the idea because it offers more variety and better quality choices. Just curious if anyone else has any experience to share with me about this, whether you use it or have considered it. Any other comments about how to propose or push for the change would be helpful to. Still trying to convince the skeptics that it could work. Thank you. Angela Wiesmore 9/12/2013 11:08:03 AM0
Student software I am the Administrator for a Certificate Program. This is the initial move towards becoming a small college. I need a computer program that will assist me in keeping track of the students' personal information and their matriculation through this new institute. Do you have any suggestion as to where I can get what I am looking for? Thanks. Tammy A Phillips 9/12/2013 9:21:58 AM6
advice on benefits of higher education Greetings all: I have 20 years of administrative assistance experience with an Associates Degree in Business Administration, along with being a Certified Computer Applications Specialist. I can't say however, that these credentials have really got me very far. I am currently beginning a study group to prepare for the CAP exam in the spring in the hopes that do something for my stagnant career and open some doors. My question to you is what is your opinion on the benefits of furthering my educational in order to gain my BS? I am hesitant as this is a heavy committment and I am getting up there in years, with heavy family and communtiy committments already but also see many more job postings where a BS is required. Thanks for your time. Shayne Lauchnor 9/9/2013 7:06:05 AM11
Certification Has anyone used the Computer CD-ROM - CAP Exam Review from Metcalf Educational Services? If so, did you find them useful? Rose 8/16/2013 9:12:17 AM3
CAP Certification Late in my career, but I'm debating on testing for the CAP Certification. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is the IAAP the only organization that sponsors it? Does anyone know the best way to learn the materials & what is needed? In the IAAP exam guide, it gives a list of 18 books to use and out of each one, you only need a few chapters. Rose 7/23/2013 10:17:39 AM7
In need of a new job title... I am currently an executive assistant who supports a VP and two directors. In addition to that, I also pretty much manage the office logistics for the company team members in our location. (It gets a little tricky because I work for the parent company and there are approximately 30 folks, on my team and other teams, from the parent company that work in a subsidiary company's office.) I've outgrown my salary grade and I am trying to develop a new role which combines my EA work and office management work into one role. I'm looking for a creative and catchy title. Does anyone have any suggestions? Erin Dorgan 5/24/2013 11:42:10 AM11
Professional Resume Writers and HeadHunters Hello, I'm looking for references for professional resume writers and Headhunters that are not specific to Administrative Assistants; but have a wealth of knowledge of all general occupations. Please reply if you know of any reputable people/agencies. Thank you! Irene Scott 4/15/2013 8:14:38 AM1
SHRM Training I moved to Exe. Assistant in my HR dept 2 years ago and looked into SHRM training. At the time the one I looked into required more HR experience then what I had. I recently signed up for an online training through a college about an hour away - well it got canceled for lack of interest. My boss really wants me to take the traiing before July (budget) but I can't afford to really do anything but online. So if anyone knows of an online SHRM Essentials of HR Management training for less then $600 please let me know. Thanks Annoymous 3/11/2013 1:09:02 PM3
admin assistant to exec assistant Are there any options through AEAP to look at what's wrong with a resume upgrade jobs? Rose 9/18/2012 8:54:12 AM0
EA's - Join Us For Our Debut Event; 'Behind Every Leader' in Los Angeles Our groundbreaking event, 'Behind Every Leader,' has evoked a huge response from entrepreneurs and Executive Assistants nationwide. All of which are eager to hear from the powerhouses that operate behind every great leader, and help enable their success. Our first annual debut event, 'Behind Every Leader,' will launch at the Roosevelt Hotel, in Los Angeles on February 2013. Behind Every Leader is run exclusively for EA's by EA's Sharpen your skills on day one during interactive workshops, seminars and panel discussions. Be inspired to become outstanding on day two when we hear from Executive Assistants to William Shatner, Magic Johnson, and Tony Hsieh of Zappos. If you have interest in participating, or simply attending this grand event, I will send you the agenda and an official invitation that you can share with your network of valued EA's and peers. It would be an honor to have you be a part of this event. This is an exclusive, invitation only, 2 day paid eve... Victoria Rabin 7/10/2012 7:37:26 PM0
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Interviewing in this Competitive Market I am preparing for an interview which is scheduled early next week, and have done research on-line, etc. for tips. Does anyone have any ideas that they want to share such as how to lend that Executive Assistant job for top management in this tough / competitive market. Rohini Nanda 3/14/2012 2:57:11 PM1
Seasoned Admin Assistant changing to Exec Assistant I've been an admin for many years, and want to apply for exec assistant positions. Two skills that are required are event/meeting/travel planning and calendar management. There are no opportunities at my present job or employer to acquire these skills. Is there any other way these can be learned, ie. books etc? Rose 9/30/2011 8:05:12 AM10
Creating Professional Portfolio Presentation I'm looking for a PowerPoint or other type of presentation on creating a professional portfolio as an administrative assistant. Does anyone have one? Thanks. Anonymous 1/21/2011 10:43:14 AM2
career advancement I have recently been laid off and have been looking for a position as an AA or EA. I have worked as a Branch Office Coordinator for 7 years and an Office Manager for 13 years. However, responses have been few and far between. In the meantime I thought adding to my educational background might not be a bad idea and it would look good on my resume. I have an Associates in Management. Can anyone suggest what degree and or certificate would be good to pursue in the administrative field that might add to my academic background? Toni Reboca 9/21/2010 11:24:05 AM2
Creating Objectives I've been asked to submit my Objectives in my new role as the assistant to the Vice President of Global Food Safety and Quality. This will be the first for me as I have only been with the company for a little over 6 months. Does anyone have a copy that they can send to me that I may use as a guide? ritz.hernandez@gmail.com. I was asked not to make it look like a job description. Any assistance would be appreicated. Ms. Mary 7/23/2010 7:46:32 AM3
NAPW I was wondering whether any of the AEAP members are also members of the NAPW (National Association of Professional Women). If so, how has this association helped you? Anonymous 6/8/2010 10:35:14 AM3
Icebreakers I am preparing for our quarterly administrative assistant meeting and am looking for icebreakers or a great way to open the meeting. Each quarter the meetings review company policy, confidentiality and the every day tasks, but I always try to bring in either a self-improvement topic or a motivational topic to keep the meeting from being too formal. Any help, suggestions and/or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time. Diane Salava 5/26/2010 7:42:59 AM8
Looking to relocate I am interested in relocating to South Carolina...can anyone help with job information and apts situation. Anonymous 4/20/2010 2:07:22 PM8
Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Hi there. I would like to get my MOS certification. Has anyone done this online? Who did you use? Would you recommend any particular training course over another? I've looked into a couple, but I'm still researching. Just thought I would tap into this great network. Thanks, Dawn Schulz 4/17/2010 6:22:50 AM1
EXCEL REFRESHER I am a senior level Administrative Assistant. My role is primarily scheduling, project management, and coordination of workflow. However, my Excel skills are a bit rusty and I want to take some refresher classes. Does anyone have any recommendations for online classes or CDs? TLP 12/23/2009 11:51:21 AM7
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