If you feel like you have been waiting in the wings for a promotion for a long time now, it may not be the fault of everyone else in your company. While it may feel like your boss is overlooking you and promoting everyone else above you, that may not necessarily be the case. Consider the hard truth: you may have not made yourself promotable enough. No worries, though. This can be easily fixed. Continuing education and further training combined with the right attitude is all you need to make yourself more promotable.
Microsoft Word Classes
As a secretarial professional, Microsoft Word is like a way of life. If you don't know how to do anything but type and save in the program, you may not be as promotable as you think. Microsoft Word has so many more capabilities than you may have ever thought, and with the release of Word 2007 there are even more than that. Do your career and your employer a favor and enroll in a training course. They may even have some web-based training courses that can teach you the ins and outs of the program.
While not all administrative professionals are required to have accounting skills, the most valuable ones can fill more than one capacity. If you can help your employer balance the books while also keeping track of appointments, preparing documents and doing everything else required of a person in your position you are more promotable than someone else who doesn't have such skills. Take a beginner's accounting class to make yourself more eligible for the promotion you have been yearning for.
Go Back to School
Go back to school and get your diploma. If you already have one, get another. Many employers even offer tuition assistance for their employees who want to go back to school. Get a business diploma, a paralegal diploma--pursue what interests you. It's not so much what your diploma is in that's as important as the fact that you are pursuing one in the first place.
If you want to set yourself apart from the rest, you have to make sure that you are better than they are. Pursuing continuing education may be one of the best things you can do for yourself, both personally and career-wise.