Executive Assistant Jobs Lancaster SC
Secretary / Receptionist / Executive Assistant
How to become a Secretary or Receptionist
Secretaries/Receptionists/Executive Assistants make up 4.2 million people in the work force, and 1,940,000 of these people are secretaries (this number does not include medical and legal secretaries). Another 1,618,000 are executive assistants, and the rest are medical/legal secretaries.
When applying for a secretarial position, applicants may find that only a high school diploma is required. However, a college degree may come in very handy and in most situations will help capture a higher pay rate.
Many community colleges offer an administration degree or something similar. Those who seek to secure this type of degree will strengthen their skills in accounting, keyboarding, computers, transcription, grammar, English, records management, and office procedures. Some degree programs may even require students to complete an internship. Depending on one's career goals, courses in a foreign language may also prove useful during the job hunt.
Those who wish to venture into the legal or medical industry will need special training and will need more than a two-year degree. Depending on one's career ambitions, one may also wish to become certified by one of four different certification programs,.
The first two certification programs available include the Certified Professional Secretary and the Certified Administrative Professional. Both certifications can be obtained by meeting education and experience requirements. Legal secretaries can also be certified by the National Association of Legal Secretaries. The certifications that are available to this group of individuals include the Professional Legal Secretary and Certified Legal Secretary Specialist.
What does a Secretary do?
Secretarial positions have been around for many years. Initially the job responsibilities required mainly answering phones and creating letters. However, with the invention of word processing and the computer, creating and typing letters has become vastly quicker and easier. Thus, more responsibilities were added to the secretarial position.
The role of secretary or executive assistant has a wide range of responsibilities, and at the entry level, job responsibilities may only include preparing letters, documents, and answering phones. Of course, as one's skills improve, job responsibilities may include fluency in foreign languages, superb typing skills, managing budgets, maintaining websites, and arranging travel.
At the highest level of the secretarial job spectrum are the most responsibilities. Once here, employees may be required to complete continuing education requirements and to uphold a certain persona that fits that of the company.
What skills or qualities do I need to become a Secretary?
One of the most essential skills that a secretary needs is knowledge of the procedures and techniques of the appropriate business industry. This means if a person is to work within the medical industry, they mus...