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Monday, January 18, 2010


Executive Assistant Training

Obtaining the proper executive assistant training is the most important part of preparing for a future career as an executive assistant.

Executive assistants are much like administrative assistants, with the main difference being that executive assistants often serve as the single supporting person for a higher-level executive, while administrative assistants are often entry-level or mid-level workers that support an entire team or office.

While many of the skills needed to become an executive assistant can be learned on the job, priority is often given to candidates who already have those skills, which can often be learned through online training courses or a college degree program.

Although a college degree is not always required, more employers require that candidates have formal schooling and give preference to those with a degree in an office-related industry, according to an article by

Once you apply for and obtain an executive assistant job, you will most likely be responsible for: forwarding e-mail and phone messages; keeping track of meeting times, places and priorities; and meeting the needs of top executives. You also may be asked to generate correspondence; make travel and personal arrangements; and research and prepare materials needed by the executive.

As an executive assistant, you must be able to use software and be familiar with word processing, database and scheduling programs, as well as the Internet. You'll generally be expected to work in an office for about 40 hours per week.

According to, the average salary for an executive assistant is between $43,669 and $55,672 per year. Those working in corporate settings, such as finance, technology or the federal government, can expect to earn even higher salaries.


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