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The first thing you have to figure out is how much control you have over hiring one. If you’re a part of a larger company, organization, or establishment, there might be rules and regulations in place about hiring an administrative assistant that you must adhere to. If not, you’re more likely free to hire whoever you would like.
The second thing you need to figure out is how much you can afford to pay an administrative assistant in terms of salary or wages and their benefits. You’ll need to do some digging into your local market, because you might find that what you’re willing or able to provide in terms of compensation is not in line with what good professionals in your area make. Having said that, you might also discover that what you’re looking to spend is overkill, and you don’t want to waste money.
Hiring one is a straightforward process. You create a listing, put it out there, wait for applicants, and then start sifting through them, interviewing those that look promising.
The interview process is critical, because if you’re going to be working side by side with an administrative assistant for most of your work week, then getting along is essential. Having said that, look for someone you can trust more than who you might like. You’re going to rely on your administrative assistant to do more than make coffee and open mail. That person has to simultaneously be subservient to you and your needs while also anticipating them, learning how to read you, and step up and make things happen for you.
It’s a tricky balancing act that takes skill, creativity, and some experience, so you might want to avoid anyone who hasn’t done it before.
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