Complete Guide toNetworking for Administrative Assistant Jobs

City of Poway, CA - City of Poway, CA 

Benefits for positions considered less than full-time are pro-rated based upon hours and may differ from those indicated.Vacation - Annual paid vacation as…

$60,000 - $72,000 a year

City of Palo Alto - Palo Alto, CA 4.0

Participation in a Governmental 457 Deferred Compensation Plan Fully paid employee and dependent Dental Plan Fully paid employee and dependent Vision Plan Fully…

$64,000 - $96,000 a year

City of Surprise, AZ - Surprise, AZ 3.0

Other benefits include employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as, a state retirement system.

$18 - $27 an hour

State of Connecticut - Office of the Secretary of the State - Hartford, CT 4.0

College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling six (6) months of experience.

$44,000 - $57,000 a year

Action Property Management - Los Angeles, CA 3.8

Monitor insurance certificate expirations for Association's contractors listed on profile. Action Property Management, the leader in community management, is…

$25 - $27 an hour

PepsiCo - Houston, TX 3.8

4+ years of administrative experience required. Manage the day to day receipt of cash, coin and check from sales representatives, conventional and full service…

Estimated: $33,000 - $49,000 a year

City of Cupertino, CA - Cupertino, CA 

May be required to attend Commission/Committee or community events meetings outside of regular work hours. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change,…

$76,000 - $92,000 a year

PepsiCo - Burnsville, MN 3.8

Prior experience providing administrative support. Provide additional administrative support for location and/or market as assigned. High School Diploma or GED.

Estimated: $26,000 - $36,000 a year

Walworth County - Elkhorn, WI 2.6

Act as an agent of the State of Wisconsin for the issuance of Dog License tags and supplies to the municipal treasurers. Use hands to finger, handle, or feel;

$20 - $28 an hour

luxury goods - Plano, TX 

Proven experience as an administrative assistant or bookkeeper. Duties include bookkeeping, expense reports, occasional research reporting, making travel or…

$16 - $24 an hour

New York City DEPARTMENT OF INVESTIGATION - New York, NY 4.2

It serves the people of New York City by acting as an independent and nonpartisan watchdog for New York City government, City agencies, and City employees,…

$37,000 - $43,000 a year

The City of Columbia, South Carolina - Columbia, SC 3.6

Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License. This position performs routine to moderately clerical work in support of efficient and effective department…

$25,000 - $31,000 a year

King County Housing Authority - Tukwila, WA 4.0

Complete the online application profile in its entirety. King County Housing Authority (KCHA), an independent municipal organization, is a high performing…

$22 - $26 an hour

Sandra L Fuller,DDS,PA - Greensboro, NC 

Sandra Fuller,DDS and Charles Langdon,DDS invite a professional scheduler and business coordinator to join the team. Knowledge with Eaglesoft a plus.

Eastern Carver County Schools - Chaska, MN 3.9

If you are changing positions or the number of hours you work, your benefits may change. If recommended for employment, applicant will provide proof of legal…

$22 an hour

Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School - South Easton, MA 4.0

Five (5) or more years of experience as an administrative or executive assistant preferred; Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School has an…

Complete Guide toNetworking for Administrative Assistant Jobs

This handy guide to networking for administrative assistant jobs will show you how to make valuable contacts in your field.

How to Network

Reach out to your first-degree network

  • Classmates — You might be surprised to find out just how many contacts your classmates have from their internships or part-time jobs. The only issue you may run into is classmates who are directly competing with you for jobs in desirable fields.
  • Colleagues — Your colleagues in a position you already hold are good because they are already in the field you are interested in, and they know just how good of an assistant you can be. However, they may feel offended if you tell them you are trying to switch jobs or find a new boss.
  • Friends — Since assistants work in a variety of industries, almost any friend with a professional career can be a valuable contact. The only problem is that getting involved in your friend's profession may cause problems with your friendship if you become coworkers or competitors in the office. You may also find that your family may be able to help.
  • Family — Family members tend to be the most dedicated to helping you succeed as an administrative assistant and can put in a good word for you with their own contacts. On the other hand, family members may be wary about hiring you directly because that can cause complaints about favoritism.

Find online opportunities

  • LinkedIn — Start by building a profile and connecting to people you know. Then you can reach out to their contacts to build more connections. Comment on people's postings and regularly update your status to move from casual acquaintanceship to a genuine relationship.
  • Facebook — A good place to start looking for opportunities on Facebook is by liking the pages of businesses in fields that you are interested in being an assistant in. From there, you can move to make real connections by chatting with people active on that page and eventually friending them.
  • Twitter — Finding opportunities on Twitter usually starts by browsing company accounts or looking for relevant hashtags. Making useful professional connections viaTwitter tends to rely mainly on tweet chats. These involve retweeting or mentioning a person to get their attention.

Look for local opportunities

Your local business community is filled with businesses that use administrative assistants.

  • Chamber of commerce- Check with your chamber of commerce to see if they have any networking events or mentorship programs coming up. Many chambers of commerce meet with area business leaders monthly.
  • Local organizations — Any industry with an office filled with executives can benefit from administrative assistants. Look for organizations in fields like finance, marketing, design, and more.

Conferences

Networking events and conferences are always filled with people who need good administrative assistants. It is usually a good idea to start with conferences for industries you have already worked in. However, even unrelated fields may be filled with people who know the value of an administrative assistant.

Networking tips

Proper dress and demeanor

For administrative assistant networking, it is important to show you can fit into a general office dress code. Business casual wear like close-toed flats, oxfords, pencil skirts, slacks, button downs, blouses, blazers, and sweaters tend to work well. However, make sure you research any event before attending to see if you should be more casual or dressy.

During networking events, try to be friendly yet professional at all times. Build common ground with people about mutual interests and career goals. Your aim should be getting to know people in your field, not blatantly selling your services to them right away.

Bringing business cards or ways to connect

Having business cards is a professional touch that shows you would be an organized administrative assistant. Resumes can be helpful, but only provide one to a person if they ask for it.

Other tips

Take the time to thank the organizers of the event when you are chatting with them. In addition to just being the decent thing to do, it can impress others you are networking with.

Common mistakes

Not following up

To follow up properly, wait a day or two and email the person inside of business hours. If the conversation with them went very well, send them an email inviting them to meet up for more discussions. Otherwise, stick to a less intense follow up that just says you would love to chat sometime. Including leading questions like "how do you think the shift to cloud storage is changing the way administrative assistants access office materials?" can be a good way to keep the conversation going.

Being insincere

Being very fake and showing you do not care about the person at all can damage your career more than not networking at all. You may seem particularly insincere if you start conversations asking who the person knows or scan the room for better targets while in the middle of a conversation.

Other mistakes

Steer conversations away from religion, politics, or other potentially sensitive issues. Never use crude or offensive language, don't tell off-color jokes, and avoid asking people out on dates at networking events.