Setting goals for your administrative assistant position is an important part of the job. Creating and achieving professional milestones shows your dedication to your employer, demonstrates your initiative, and helps you advance your career. Whether you’re taking on this task as part of an annual review or simply trying to better yourself, it’s important to understand how to create attainable goals and see them through to the end.
You probably already have personal and professional goals for yourself, but they’re not always tangible. It can be difficult to put down on paper what you see in your head.
To create your goals, start by asking yourself the following questions:
Now that you have a goal in mind, put it down on paper! People who put their goals in print accomplish a lot more than those who leave that goal in their head. In addition to your goal, document where you are now, where you want to go next, and the steps you need to take to get there.
Begin creating your goals based on the answers to these questions. Good goals not only give you something to shoot for, they make you stretch yourself at the same time. They need to be realistic and achievable, but they need to keep you motivated to take the actions necessary to accomplish them as well.
Before you finalize your goals, seek input from your executive or manager and share your reason for planning. Seeking input early in the process and explaining your reasoning for creating the specific goals you present can make a big difference in the outcome. You can’t expect your executive to be on the same page you are when you don’t have a real discussion about this first.
Even if your personal goals aren’t exactly what your manager approves for your annual review, that doesn’t mean you need to abandon them entirely. Pick one or two to pursue in addition to the official ones you agree to with your manager, and plot your plan of attack.
Your goals should be specific. It’s not enough to say, “I want to get promoted.” Instead, you need to determine what position you’d like to move into and by when. Other examples of goals for administrative assistants may include:
Setting goals can seem daunting, especially for an already-busy administrative assistant. But when you create specific, attainable goals for yourself that align with existing management and company initiatives and regularly keep track of your progress, you are setting yourself up for success!
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