President & CEOLainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
After countless hours spent on revamping your resume, job seeking online, meeting with recruiters and staffing agencies and going out on interviews, you finally landed a new Administrative Assistant job! Yes, starting a new job, whether it’s administrative or secretarial or even executive, may leave you feeling nervous and anxious. You may be afraid of doing poorly in your new permanent position. But don’t fret! There’s a learning curve with every new employment opportunity that employers take this into consideration when they begin their staffing process. However, it is important to put yourself ahead of the curve in order to stand out. Here are a few helpful tips to consider to ensure job success.
1. Try not to be antisocial.
Being friendly, courteous and respectful towards your new colleagues can help you to secure job success. They have been on the job longer and know the ins and outs of the business. Thus, they can shed tons of insight on your administrative role as well as the roles of the other office administrators and help to guide you along the way. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can develop a great rapport with your coworkers with just a quick hello or good morning. So, don’t be shy, introduce yourself to the team.
2. Understand the company’s corporate culture.
I’m sure you were made aware of the daily job description on the initial interview. However, this may have been somewhat brief. Therefore, to ensure job success, obtain a clear understanding of your station with the company. Make it your business to become familiar with the company’s operations and its corporate culture. Understanding how the wheels turn and how the work of each temporary employee and permanent employee affects the bottom line will clarify your position. It’ll also help you to easily acclimate and transition into a productive clerical worker.
3. Take Initiative.
It may take a few days to get into your work routine. But, if you observe the office surroundings, you’ll pick up on cues that’ll help you to establish your work flow. You’ll also learn how to anticipate the needs of your managers and teammates, making it easier to accurately prepare for the day ahead. During downtime, ask to take on more administrative responsibilities or offer your help on any projects your secretarial supervisor may be working on. You cannot secure job success by twiddling your thumbs on the job. Don’t just sit there and wait for someone to give you work. Be proactive – you’ll become a more efficient employee.
If you have any questions about administrative recruiting and hiring, or if we can be a sounding board for your job search inquiries, please contact us at our New York City office 212-244-2777 .