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.
Alex James, Branch Manager of Office Angels Peterborough, shares the 10 skills most employers ask for when recruiting secretaries.
- Typing skills (copy or audio)
- Diary management
- Travel arrangements
- Minute taking
- Report compilation
- PC skills, commonly including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Experience of supporting director level and above
- Correspondence replies
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