Don't Forget This Day
Mark your calendars. It's
that time of year where we recognize the ones who manage the managers.
April 26th is Administrative
Behind every successful
executive or manager, there is the ultimate multi-tasking, negotiating,
organizing, master scheduling, protecting, event planning, crisis managing,
psychological counseling, administrative professional.
Sometimes they serve one
person. Sometimes they serve many. Certain administrative professionals direct
legions of other administrative professionals.
know how to get things done. Often, we know not how and it's better not to ask.
A good one is worth your weight in gold and hard to find.
This is also a good time to
remind job seekers that administrative professionals are the gate keepers. They
can put your resume on top of the pile… or
in the circular file. Always be kind and attentive to
receptionists, assistants and other administrative professionals in person, on
the phone and by email. Holster that cell phone, make eye contact and be
professionals, don't condescend, it's better to befriend. Managers frequently
consult assistants and receptionists about interview candidate behaviors before
final hiring decisions.
Same goes for people making
sales calls or trying to arrange alliances and partnerships. Present your
business card to the administrative professionals, as well as your meeting
What are you doing for
Administrative Professionals Day? A special lunch out or a lunch ordered in is
nice. A personal gift or a gift card is thoughtful. Time off works, too. And
the rest of the year, a kind word or occasional written note of appreciation
goes a long way.
Remember, their finesse often
determines your success.