Jacqueline, a Receptionist at an auto body shop, describes what she likes most about her job, its challenges, how hard it is to get a job in this field, and work-life balance. With the current economy, it's challenging to find a job in any field; you have to know how to promote yourself.
Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and organizational tasks. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments, and support other staff.
Short-term on-the-job training
Although secretaries and administrative assistants work in nearly every industry, many are concentrated in schools, hospitals, government agencies, and legal and medical offices. Most work full time in comfortable office settings. Virtual assistants typically work from a home office.
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