Administrative Assistant Jobs
British American Tobacco
Santa Monica, CA
$15 - $18 / Per hour
Administrative Assistant Jobs Overview
Just about every organization needs someone who can keep its employees and office in order. Many companies hire administrative assistants to take on daily office duties so management can focus on other tasks. Administrative assistant jobs are available to people with a high school diploma and basic office skills.
Your day-to-day duties as an administrative assistant will include answering phone calls, taking messages, transferring calls, scheduling appointments, updating calendars, and setting up meetings. You'll also handle incoming and outgoing faxes, write office memos, create reports, edit documents, and maintain databases. You may work in a small office, medical facility, school, government office, law firm, or for the top executive of a corporation.
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Administrative Assistant Training and Skills
Administrative assistants typically need a high school diploma and some experience using word processing software, spreadsheets, and other basic computer programs. If you don't already have the skills needed for an administrative assistant job, you can get the training you need before applying through a technical school, community college, or online program.
The skills employers typically look for in administrative assistants include:
- Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office programs.
- Decision-making skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
- Attention to detail.
- Efficient typing skills.
- Interpersonal and communications skills.
- The ability to properly organize files, folders, and schedules.
- The ability to write grammatically correct memos and emails with professionalism and accuracy.
You can get a better idea of the skills and requirements needed to become an administrative assistant, see Monster's administrative assistant job description sample.
Update Your Administrative Assistant Resume
Do you have the skills needed to make an office run smoothly? Highlight them on your resume. If you're not sure where to begin, you can use Monster's midlevel administrative assistant resume sample to learn how to format and write your resume. It also helps to include a cover letter to pitch your administrative skills to potential employers. See our administrative assistant cover letter sample to learn how to introduce yourself and describe your background and accomplishments.
Interviewing for an Administrative Assistant Job
Nervous about an upcoming job interview? Monster can help minimize your anxiety and get you prepped to face even the toughest of questions. A potential employer will likely want to know:
- How you handle stress.
- Why you want to be an administrative assistant.
- What computer skills you have.
- How you've dealt with a difficult client or customer.
- How you stay organized.
Information on why employers might ask these questions and ideas for answering them are all laid out in our popular administrative job interview questions.
How Much Do Administrative Assistant Jobs Pay?
Let's talk money: Administrative assistants in the U.S. earn a median of $16.21 per hour. But the amount of money you'll make will depend on your experience level and location. In a more advanced position, such as a senior office administrative assistant, the average pay is $44,520 per year. Before you apply for a job, be sure to use Monster's Salary Tools to check that you're getting paid what you're worth. You'll also find out where administrative assistant jobs are in the highest demand and which next steps you might want to take in your career.
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