The main responsibility of an executive assistant is to help lighten the load of their employers. If you’re currently working as an executive assistant or are interested in this type of work, there are important things to consider that will help you navigate through this type of work, as it can be the most challenging but also the most rewarding of careers.
- There’s always a chain of command. In any business or organization, there’s always a succession of power and authority. This is also true if you’re working for a private individual. As an executive assistant, you will be required to make important decisions. It’s always important that you understand what’s in the best interest of your employer, their priorities, and values, for better decision making.
- You may not be given an explanation. When your employer is stressed and need of assistance and they give you a task list, they do not want to answer questions on every item. Always use your best judgement to handle things in the best way you can efficiently and in a timely manner. They hired you they trust that you can handle the tasks, even if it may not be in your field of expertise. Trust yourself that you have the skills to accomplish any task with little direction and this will help immensely.
- Raise important issues to your employer. If you feel there is something that should be acknowledged in the household such as an area where household expenses could be reduced or if you notice another employee is showing up late or not doing what they are suppose to be doing. It is always important to bring these issues up to your employer. Remember you are an asset to their household and looking out for their best interest at all times is your duty.