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3 Simple Steps to Enhance your Administrative Skills

Administrative professionals are extremely valuable to every organization.  

The more you can add to your resume and expertise, locating that dream job will be right around the corner.  If you have not already found it your dream job, then adding to your resume will help with your job security and provide essential assistance to your next pay increase. 

Some things to consider are the following:


Join an Association

Associations can provide many benefits to there members, some example include:

  • National Webinars
  • Partner Discounts
  • Resume Building and Advice
  • Regular Newsletters/Magazines
  • Stay Current, an example would be webinars
  • Annual Salary Guides
  • Professional Development

There are many ways that an association can assist you, explore your options to see what works best for your needs.

One things is for certain, we do not see how it can hurt your career.

Here is a link to the AAP Canada - Association of Administrative Professionals


Training and Development

This one goes without saying it, but we will say it.  Training is always a great idea and not only looks good on a resume, it shows your current boss you are serious and valuable to your organization.  The more skills you have, the more you can demand for salary. If you work for an organization, typically employees will have access to personal Development funds.  This allows staff to take courses every year to enhance their skills, if you do not use it, it goes away, so take advantage.

Some sample course that can assists admins are:

Microsoft Training

  • Powerpoint
  • Excel
  • Word
  • Projects

CCAPa Certification

  • Online Training
  • As little as 1 week
  • Official AAP Approved Training

Some others include:

Business Writing | Marketing | Financial Accounting | Project Management | Communicating for Results | Time Management | Stress | Assertiveness | Confidence

The problem is, how do you find the time for courses while you are working?

You can do courses just like the ones above in the evenings at your own pace. 

Check out Admin Courses


Choose A Mentor

One thing is for certain, we don't know what we don't know.  

When this is the case, we can stake steps like the above, join as association for helpful resources, take training courses to enhance your skills, and as this tip suggest, we can find a mentor.

Why go through the standard learning process by failing at something before we learn.  Get guidance from people who have done it for years.  Many associations try to provide mentorship programs, but if you cannot find one, it really is not that hard.  Simply reach out to someone you know that has been a professional administrator.  Ideally someone with 5-10 years experience that can help you grow.  This can be someone you can ask a simple question, tips and advice on how to handle certain issues you may face on a daily or weekly basis.

Make sure they are comfortable with the arrangement and let them know how you will reach out, a monthly coffee, a call, email, text, whatever works best for them.

Expedite your learning process by being proactive.

Join an association  - Take Additional Training - Find A Mentor

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