3 Qualities of a Great Administrative Assistant

An administrative assistant needs to have a lot of exceptional qualities in order to rise above the realm of mediocrity. While anyone can theoretically be called an admin, there are certain qualities that will make one person great at it and another mediocre on their best day. While the traits of a good worker apply to almost anything, being an administrative assistant is a special kind of job that demands a few special traits. The following are a few such traits.

An Eye for Details

Some people say that the devil is in the details, and they're right. When you focus on the big picture, as many executives are forced to do most of the time, it's easy to gloss over a multitude of tiny details. These go way beyond where you left your keys and what you take in your coffee, and a solid admin needs to be spot on with lots of things. When it comes to filling in the gaps in a higher-up's thought process, a great assistant can finish another person's sentences before the person has even started them. A great way to spot an exceptional admin is to do the dishes with them.

Flexibility to Spare

So you're working with someone in Jakarta, and they're 8 hours ahead of you. What do you do? If you're like a lot of people, you'll "toss them an email" or "add them on Skype." But an exceptional admin will do several things, including finding out when their client's most productive time of day is and temporarily adjusting to that. If it means being up and alert at 3 am, so be it. A great admin makes results instead of excuses.

Great Organizational Skills

While everybody loses things from time to time, a great administrative assistant has a detailed system in place for both keeping what needs to be kept and accessing it in a hurry. After all, one never knows when the boss is going to race into the room needing something very urgently. Just like in the realm of military operations or self defense, during a high stress situation people fall back on the lowest common denominator of their training. If this training is solid, the admin will have everything ready in case their boss gets into a fight or flight mode... and will be cool as a cucumber in the freezer when everybody else is all but freaking out. A great admin earns ten times what they're paid, simply for keeping everyone else's work going from behind.




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Haitian Alliance Associates Group

pierre frederic - Nov 21, 2015 08:16 PM EDT

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(growing) by offering churches, youth groups organizations and individuals opportunity to grow God’s kingdom through local evangelism and discipleship ministries to the needy and through a variety of volunteers positions enabling the church to be the hands and feet of Christ to the poor to encourage and motivate Christians to get out of the pave and go to the poor, as mentioned above our organization provides three basic venues may impact the needy for Christ we’ll restore the true spirit of education to society nutrition and hope for a future to providing hope to to orphaned children, adults and families vulnerable in our definition for more inf: please call us at 860-710-2772 or 860 886-0787 1509-3657-7524 # ein or 501(c3) right now the insecurity terrible in Haiti cause the elections in Haiti our organization we looking the way to bring foods to our families and children in Haiti.Also we have a plan for the energy for our country to stop everything because no electricity lack children can’t study cause the energy, we do have a plan for that will be working in the country. Our ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice & fix for everyone by 2020 to ensure the health, safety and future for everyone. My long-term, food security solution hunger is a very real enemy for so many people world wide children are especially at risk as hunger can lead to sickness malnutrition and even death. Haag we have a especial plan truckload of food and relief everyday and also by providing feeding programs in schools, seed banks for families facing famine and community that provide malnourished children please join operation food banks and become part of the fight to end hunger in Haiti and bring hope to the hurting today to bring relief when and where it’s needed most. The mission of action against hunger is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention detection and treatment of malnutrition, water and sanitation, health and advocacy. I put my faith in action through advocacy become a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. We are advocates for children in poverty, for children to release from their spiritual, social and physical, poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled christian adults if this touches your heart and you’ like to contribute to our work please donate, our mission of creating a culture we can find the solution needed to avoid global calamity and create a world of health, and working with local non-governmental to bring a message of hope to children and youth in 10 dept of Haiti. Haitian Alliance Associates Group INC. Haag is a christian humanitarian relief organization whose purpose is to glorify God by enabling the church to avance to gospel of Jesus-Christ to the needy and to minister to members of God’s family, haag the mission of operation is to demonstrate God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering in the country of Haiti pour aider les enfants ayant des difficultes metrices, interllectuelles, comportementals et socialles, (1) by providing humanitarian relief free of charge to people working with the poor in the Haiti. (going) our vision to create a world where every person has the opportunity to build a better future for themselves. (growing) by offering churches, youth groups organizations and individuals opportunity to grow God’s kingdom through local evangelism and discipleship ministries to the needy and through a variety of volunteers positions enabling the church to be the hands and feet of Christ to the poor to encourage and motivate Christians to get out of the pave and go to the poor, as mentioned above our organization provides three basic venues may impact the needy for Christ we’ll restore the true spirit of education to society nutrition and hope for a future to providing hope to to orphaned children, adults and families vulnerable in our definition for more inf: please call us at 860-710-2772 or 860 886-0787 1509-3657-7524 # ein or 501(c3) right now the insecurity terrible in Haiti cause the elections in Haiti our organization we looking the way to bring foods to our families and children in Haiti.Also we have a plan for the energy for our country to stop everything because no electricity lack children can’t study cause the energy, we do have a plan for that will be working in the country. Our ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice & fix for everyone by 2020 to ensure the health, safety and future for everyone. My long-term, food security solution hunger is a very real enemy for so many people world wide children are especially at risk as hunger can lead to sickness malnutrition and even death. Haag we have a especial plan truckload of food and relief everyday and also by providing feeding programs in schools, seed banks for families facing famine and community that provide malnourished children please join operation food banks and become part of the fight to end hunger in Haiti and bring hope to the hurting today to bring relief when and where it’s needed most. The mission of action against hunger is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention detection and treatment of malnutrition, water and sanitation, health and advocacy. I put my faith in action through advocacy become a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. We are advocates for children in poverty, for children to release from their spiritual, social and physical, poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled christian adults if this touches your heart and you’ like to contribute to our work please donate, our mission of creating a culture we can find the solution needed to avoid global calamity and create a world of health, and working with local non-governmental to bring a message of hope to children and youth in 10 dept of Haiti. Haitian Alliance Associates Group INC. Haag is a christian humanitarian relief organization whose purpose is to glorify God by enabling the church to avance to gospel of Jesus-Christ to the needy and to minister to members of God’s family, haag the mission of operation is to demonstrate God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering in the country of Haiti pour aider les enfants ayant des difficultes metrices, interllectuelles, comportementals et socialles, (1) by providing humanitarian relief free of charge to people working with the poor in the Haiti. (going) our vision to create a world where every person has the opportunity to build a better future for themselves. (growing) by offering churches, youth groups organizations and individuals opportunity to grow God’s kingdom through local evangelism and discipleship ministries to the needy and through a variety of volunteers positions enabling the church to be the hands and feet of Christ to the poor to encourage and motivate Christians to get out of the pave and go to the poor, as mentioned above our organization provides three basic venues may impact the needy for Christ we’ll restore the true spirit of education to society nutrition and hope for a future to providing hope to to orphaned children, adults and families vulnerable in our definition for more inf: please call us at 860-710-2772 or 860 886-0787 1509-3657-7524 # ein or 501(c3) right now the insecurity terrible in Haiti cause the elections in Haiti our organization we looking the way to bring foods to our families and children in Haiti.Also we have a plan for the energy for our country to stop everything because no electricity lack children can’t study cause the energy, we do have a plan for that will be working in the country. Our ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice & fix for everyone by 2020 to ensure the health, safety and future for everyone. My long-term, food security solution hunger is a very real enemy for so many people world wide children are especially at risk as hunger can lead to sickness malnutrition and even death. Haag we have a especial plan truckload of food and relief everyday and also by providing feeding programs in schools, seed banks for families facing famine and community that provide malnourished children please join operation food banks and become part of the fight to end hunger in Haiti and bring hope to the hurting today to bring relief when and where it’s needed most. The mission of action against hunger is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention detection and treatment of malnutrition, water and sanitation, health and advocacy. I put my faith in action through advocacy become a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. We are advocates for children in poverty, for children to release from their spiritual, social and physical, poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled christian adults if this touches your heart and you’ like to contribute to our work please donate, our mission of creating a culture we can find the solution needed to avoid global calamity and create a world of health, and working with local non-governmental to bring a message of hope to children and youth in 10 dept of Haiti.

 

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