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The Administrative Assistant by Brenda Bailey-Hughes

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What Your Manager Expects

When working as an assistant to a director or manager you will need to work hard to clarify expectations, to satisfy work-style preferences and to see the big picture.

Clarify Expectations

Clarify expectations when you first begin working with a manager (or managers). Explain the full range of activities to which you can provide support. Administrative assistants in different companies assume very different levels of responsibility. Do not assume that a new manager knows what you can do. Remember to use language that describes the full scope of your abilities. Ask the manager how your skills can be best utilized. If you’ve been with the same manager for a while, this may be a good time to reexamine the role you play. ...

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