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Key attributes, skills and knowledge that employers are looking for in an assistant
- To display excellent organisational and networking capabilities with managers, clients, all types of staff and fellow employees, whether face to face, on the phone or via email.
- To be trustworthy, confidential and reliable.
- To be completely committed to doing the right thing and to the best of your ability.
- To be able to grasp the manager’s thought and management style, so that you can make decisions without having to consult with him or her.
- Use active listening skills the assistant is always the one one the manager trusts!.
- Take ownership, be cautious to foresee challenges, to aim to fix them.
- Keep nice, relaxed and productive during stressful, time-consuming hours.
- To be packed with enthusiasm and curiosity.
- To be coordinated with a balanced mindset.
- Be convincing and compelling.
- Taking more accountability wherever the chance exists.
- To express your compassion and encouragement.
- To be a team worker-helping others and successfully delegating.
- Forgive the manager that he’s less than ideal and don’t care about the negatives.
- To inspire each other and to drive thoughts away from each other.
- To have a sense of humour.