Thursday, January 16, 2014

Keep Your Competitive Edge

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Administrative assistants in Canada have many skills including spreadsheet reporting, building databases, doing Internet research, budgeting, and much more. It is a very competitive field and there are many competent people in the industry.
Other skills that admin assistant should have include multi-tasking abilities, oral and written communications, problem solving and working with teams.  The skills of admin assistants are highly sought in Canadian businesses.
So, how can you keep your competitive edge?
  • Improve your computer skills.  There are other computer skills that you can develop besides Microsoft Office.  Learn to use software applications that are commonly used by admin assistants, as well as software that could be useful in the future.
  • Management skills are always important.  There are different kinds of management skills that you can develop and become an expert at.  Some of them include organizational management, time management, prioritization management, team management, and project management.
  • Develop your written and verbal communications abilities.  Start a blog to practice your written communications or offer to write the company newsletter.  Join a group like Toastmasters or volunteer to speak at public events to improve on your verbal communications skills.  The key with communications is practice, so get out there and do it.
  • Work on leaderships skills.  Good leaders need to be able to think strategically and negotiate. Look for associations that you can join where you can attend seminars and take part in networking opportunities.
  • Work on teams.  When you have a chance to work on a team, jump at it.  This will let you get to know other people in your company, establish yourself as an expert, and learn new skills.
  • Read.  Read everything you can about your industry and your career so that you can stay up to date on the latest trends.
  • Dress well.  Remember that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have.  Pick out a few people in the office who have jobs you want and emulate their style and manner of dress.
  • Have a great attitude.  Be ready to smile, accept challenge and change, and support company decisions.

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