Question: I started at my company as a receptionist and was happy for a year. Then, the VP turned the position into financial assistant. I HATE financials and am not qualified nor good at them, so I tried to come up with solutions but was told that, if I wouldn’t do financials, I could leave.
After a year-long hiatus (during which I found out the VP had been fired!), the CEO of the company asked me back to become his executive assistant. This was a huge jump for me ... and him, as well, as he has never had an assistant and I have never been one. Nor do I have a bachelor’s degree!
I know that this is a fabulous opportunity, because I know what most companies require of an executive assistant recruit and I don’t have the years of experience and degrees.
The CEO is extremely happy with my work, and I love my job! "This doesn't sound like a problem!" you’re probably thinking.
Other than being here when the CEO is here to support him with those "oh, by the way" moments, I could fit my work into 20 to 30 hours a week! I’ve tried numerous times to take more responsibilities, ask for more tasks, get him to hand stuff over. But he's so used to doing everything on his own that he's consistently doing things that I later find out about and remind him that I’m HERE FOR THAT! Yet, he continues to do them.
He’s a great boss -- the best I’ve ever had -- but I feel frustrated because I don’t know HOW to prove to him that I really AM here to do EVERYTHING for him!
Right now, creating files, printing documents, arranging his schedule and taking calls only when he's unavailable is not reaching my potential nor challenging me! I don’t know what else to DO to get him to realize that I want to free up his time by doing everything for him. I can’t even get him coffee half the time, because he jumps up to do it himself!
I want to be worth my weight and also want to prove that I'm worthy of a raise (as I am in the lowest 10 percent pay scale because of my lack of experience). But right now, I feel that my potential is being stunted because I can’t get across to him that I really want to DO IT ALL: I want to be a sort of cross between executive assistant and personal assistant, freeing up his home time as well as his professional time.
HELP!! Any suggestions, comments or recommendations are greatly appreciated! So far, all the advice from peers in this field has been to "Ask him, talk to him, tell him," which I've already done. It’s time for me to do something MYSELF, but I don’t know what!
I’ve got a stack of 30 books on various subjects (Professional Secretary, The New Executive Assistant, The Assertive Advantage, The Valuable Office Professional, etc.) and have tried to do everything under the sun that I can, and I ALWAYS end my e-mails with "Please let me know where I can assist you," as well as checking with other departments.
It’s all the same: They just don’t realize how MUCH they can delegate! Help! -- Liz