The first steps to attaining technical and functional skills, as an administrative assistant is to successfully perform specific knowledge and abilities for the job you are applying for or already have acquired. You will also need a huge knowledge base in Administrative and clerical procedures such as word processing, managing files and records, transcription, designing forms and other office procedures and terminology. From the Business and management point of view you will need to be well versed in the principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique’s and production methods. Coordination of people and resources can help in the project or business being done in a timely manner. Knowing your way around computers and their breakdown can be a huge plus in attaining job security, here are a few examples of what type of knowledge would be expected, Circuit boards/motherboards, processors dual-core or quad-core chips, electronic equipment such as Audio cards/video cards and computer misc hardware and software, including applications and programming.
A few skills that will help you along the way as an administrative assistant make sure to use your knowledge learned to Understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents, Communicate effectively in your writings as appropriate for the needs of your audience, Adjust actions in relation to other’s actions, Talk to others to convey information effectively, Manage one's own time and the time of others. Give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made from others ask questions that are appropriate and not interrupting at inappropriate times, Monitor and Assess performance of your-self, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action, use mathematics to solve problems, obtain and see to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials