Administrative Professionals Week 2009

Happy APW 2009!

It’s hard to believe that I started this blog almost four years ago. Since then, I have earned my Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) rating and my Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) rating. I have had the opportunity to serve in several leadership roles for my local IAAP chapter. I have also traveled to regional and national conferences related to the profession.

In more than one posting I have mentioned how important I believe our profession is to the success of firms all over the world. We take on the bulk of the hand-offs, unwanted phone calls and other time-consuming minutiae that eats away at the productivity of the management team. [Sometimes, the management team does it to themselves…but that’s another blog.] I have also written about the many challenges of the admin-executive partnership -as Joan Burge calls it.

Today, I write as one of many administrative professionals- working in the temporary employment field. I am in the midst of learning a tough lesson about longevity. My last employer down-sized and then moved out of town. Prior to that, I had a great position working a few days from home and a couple days in the office. But then I experienced the death of a parent and continued to struggle with the fact that the work was not traditional administrative support, so I decided to move back to a job downtown.

During my interviews, I have been honest about the reasons for my change in companies, but it has definitely impacted whether I even get considered- certifications or not. There is not a right or wrong answer. It just is. Our economy is in tough shape and I have to be willing to tough it out.

I am extremely grateful that I have continued to receive temporary assignments daily. I know that the key to success for me is to be able to get my foot in the door and demonstrate what a great administrative professional can do for a company. I am also thankful to my friends and peers that have continued to forward company contacts and job-postings that they think will work for me. They know me and my personality. It is just a matter of time before the tide turns in my favor.

In the meantime, I wish all administrative professionals the very best during “our” week. Enjoy the recognition. If you are not working full-time or working temporary assignments as I am doing, keep the faith. The most professional and positive among us will be the first to benefit when the economy picks back up.

Author: KMK Foley

Storyteller. Wicked sense of humor. Tenacious learner, Coffee Lover, especially Dunkin' Donuts.