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Career Advice

04 Sep 15

The most desired skills in… Admin

Flexibility
It is often thought that Administrative jobs are heavy on the repetition of mundane tasks – like endless data entry or sending out the same email eternally. However, this is often a misconception: most Admin jobs require you to provide broad support to a decent sized group of people. This is especially relevant to the charity sector, where emphasis on minimising administrative redundancies is ever present. The best Admin staff will be able to move from task to task seamlessly.

Communication skills
Admin job often include a decent amount of written & verbal communication, & you’re in luck: this is, by far, the easiest skill to impress with in the application process & interview. In the interview; speak clearly, hold eye contact & use open body language – this is automatically make the interviewer comfortable with you. In any written application make sure you show off your communication skills: after all this is 2015 & A LOT of your communication will be via email.

Creative thinking
Using initiative to structure your own work & source solutions to problems is a big part of administrative work. Employers are always looking for candidates that are capable of taking in the big picture & have some get-up-and-go about them.

Efficiency & high working standards
This is usually rooted in great organisational skills. Administrators often function as the backbone of a department or even an entire company. Employers want to hire staff they can trust to produce exceptional results under pressure. When you’re applying for Admin jobs, try to provide examples of how you’ve supported a team to ensure the highest working standards under pressure.

Team ethic
You’re never going to be a lone wolf in an Administrative job & employers will be looking for people that play well with others. If you are more comfortable in a dog-eat-dog world then stay away from traditional Admin roles – especially in the charity sector. Passion is the buzzword; passion the cause & passion for the work of your team.

In conclusion
The best Admin candidates are not robots: they have just as much grit & determination as anyone else in the charity sector. They should be loud & proud of this!