Technology is now a prominent part of day-to-day business. Though many office tasks have been digitized, the role of administrative staff has not diminished. In fact, quite the opposite. Using software to streamline business tasks is at the heart of most office roles. Admin staff are expected to be technologically savvy and proficient with a variety of business software.
Though filing and clerical skills are still handy to have, the strongest demand revolves around technical skills. In particular, we’re seeing a trend of admin staff blurring with accounting staff. Many of 2017’s hottest administrative jobs require knowledge of key accounting practices such as accounts payable and receivable, payroll administration and bookkeeping. Adding accounting skills to your resume is a surefire way to boost your employment prospects in the administrative field in 2017 and beyond.
Don’t underestimate the power of soft skills in this field, either. Admin professionals must be keen multi-taskers, capable of juggling a variety of responsibilities such as managing correspondence, completing word processing, creating reports and presentations, basic accounting, and coordinating tasks. Your broad expertise makes you a go-to person for other staff who have questions and need support.