HOW TO GO FROM EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO VICE PRESIDENT

Yes – it’s possible. You’re an executive assistant and you didn’t get to this position overnight. You worked hard and it’s time to really look at your next steps. Here’s how to use your leverage to become a vice president.

Consider what you hear: In your job as executive assistant, you see and hear everything around you. Take advantage of this to listen to what is being said. What are the big projects that are important to the company? More importantly – what’s being pushed aside due to lack of time?

Consider what you don’t hear: There are other ways that people communicate without words. Understand what’s going on by reading someone’s body language and facial expressions. Is everyone avoiding Jim or scowling when he speaks?  

Understand the environment: Is your manager interested in ecologically saving the world? By starting a “green” program in your company, you will have endeared yourself to your boss.

“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt: Time to step out of the comfort zone and challenge yourself. Show that you are reliable and dependable yet willing to take risks.  Take the opportunity to show your abilities to handle new projects. If you don’t have the skills now – you can learn them, but you’ll never know if you don’t try.  

Own your career: You can’t wait for someone to approach you; you need to own your own destiny. Put a plan in place today and decide where you want to be in the future. What’s the best way to get to your destination? Speak with your executive to see if you are missing expertise and if so – set a strategy for how to acquire it. Assign due dates to help you stay on course.   

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”  ― Greg Reid. Start today to make your dream of becoming a VP come true!

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