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Routes to remote admin assistant position?

Trying to build out my resume with volunteer remote work and training on things like excel but not sure how to get my foot in. #job-application #job #assistant

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Naomi’s Answer

I recommend finding a company you'd like to work with and checking their website. You can also look at LinkedIn and Indeed job postings to find a job that you are interested in. Be sure to write a cover letter to accompany your resume. This is your time to shine and call out the items you'd like the potential employer to focus on such as your remote volunteer work and training on various applications.
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Aaron’s Answer

There's "executive assistant" positions which might be what you're also looking for. You handle booking people flights for companies etc. Linkedin is a great way to search for these positions. If you're young and don't have extensive experience you can use volunteering as an opportunity like you said to get that experience. Platforms like "justserve" post volunteer opportunities with the red cross etc that can sometimes turn into actual jobs. Finding some sort of certificate to do excel, shopify training, Google cert through coursera, etc are great ways to show you have skills if you don't have previous work to show. Things like that help and you can put this on your Linkedin as well. You could also look towards booking agent jobs for travel based industries that need operators to handle phone calls from home. They don't pay a ton but it would be a foot in the door and then you can continue to look for the next opportunity as you use that to build your resume.
Thank you comment icon Great advice; however, in my experience EA jobs are impossible to get without prior experience. Most of them want 10+ years working directly for CEOs. It is a great suggestion for the next step after proven experience in administrative assistance though. Lauren Madison
Thank you comment icon it is true...some require 10 plus years (as we will find in any industry job market) but I wouldn't cast that on the majority. I became an executive assistant straight out of college. This is why I mentioned how one can get their foot in the door. Aaron Escamilla
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Challa’s Answer

Begin your job search on LinkedIn and other similar platforms. Use specific search parameters to find remote positions. As previously mentioned, the Virtual Assistant (VA) field is expanding rapidly, so consider applying for all available positions in this sector. While you're searching, it's beneficial to enhance your skills by taking training courses in PowerPoint, Excel, Google Suites, MS, and other relevant areas. Best of luck on your journey!
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Lauren’s Answer

I would search for office manager, administrative assistant, or receptionist/customer service roles. These are often on-site roles, but once you have experience in this field you have a better chance at landing a remote position. Most executive assistant or personal assistant roles require much more experience working directly for C-suite executives (CEO, COO, etc.) so it would be difficult to become an EA/PA without any prior administration experience.

Indeed has an option to filter job searches by location and you can select “remote”. They also have quick skills assessments that you can take and share the results with employers when you apply to jobs. I would only share results that you score “expert” on. Sometimes you have the option to retake these if you score lower, but be aware that they’re timed so make sure you’re free of distractions when doing so.
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Heather’s Answer

Megan, great question! Another title to search for would be 'Virtual Assistant.' Virtual Assistants do all the tasks that an executive assistant would do - remotely. Many VAs get hired through agencies that specialize in finding placements for them (much like a temporary employment agency). There are also many VAs that go on to start their own businesses. There are networking groups that would provide free education and tools: Association of Virtual Assistants, VAnetworking-Virtual Assistant Network just to name a few. Additionally, there is the option of getting an Administrative certification, such as the CAP from International Association of Administrative Professionals. This would require a small investment, however, it is looked at as a very professional designation and may give you that "leg up" that your career path needs. Good luck!
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