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Become a super secretary


Alex James, manager at Office Angels Peterborough, shows us the skills employers ask for when recruiting secretaries

25 years ago, secretaries were good typists, managed diaries, and had basic PC skills; but things have moved on remarkably since then.

Depending on the size of the company, many secretaries are now expected to work on presentations, compile documents, screen calls, and handle meeting and travel arrangements. Overall, no two days are the same — making it a varied and highly rewarding career.

As a secretary, you’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of your business — especially if you’re working for the CEO. And because part and parcel of a secretary’s role is to get to know the key players of an organisation, and how that organisation operates, you’ll have an excellent platform for career progression.

Here are the 10 skills most employers ask for when recruiting secretaries:

  1. Typing skills (copy or audio)
  2. Diary management
  3. Travel arrangements
  4. Minute taking
  5. Report compilation
  6. Presentations
  7. PC skills, commonly including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  8. Experience of supporting director level and above
  9. Correspondence replies
  10. Gatekeeper

For more information about becoming a secretary, why not give us a call?  Find a branch near you or contact me or any of our friendly consultants in our Peterborough branch:

Office Angels Peterborough

01733 207 677


3 Church Street, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, PE1 1XB - map

I hope you found this useful. Good luck with your job search!

Alex James, Manager
Office Angels, Peterborough