Executive assistants are highly qualified administrative specialists who function as aides to corporate executives and possess the authority to make crucial decisions affecting the direction of such organizations.
In many companies, the executive assistants supervise the work of other administrative assistants and coordinate tasks. They perform tasks like setting business meeting agendas, sending memos, accepting visitors, reviewing incoming reports and setting the executive’s daily schedule.
In many cases executive assistants perform the function of ‘gatekeeper’ to save time and attention of their boss by controlling which phone calls and reports go through to the executive, as well as what meetings are scheduled. An executive assistant may also act as proxy for the executive, representing him or her in meetings or communications.
Securing an executive assistant job normally requires a combination of training and practical experience. In general, executives expect their assistants to be well versed with company policies and procedures as well as proficient with basic office functions.