When was the last time you reviewed your job description—yesterday, last week, or last month? Has your job description been updated since you have been working in your position? Over time your position may have evolved into something very different since the day you were first hired.
Being an administrative professional is rarely a dull job. Some believe that a job description for an administrative professional can be summarized into one paragraph or a couple of pages. Surprise! Administrative professionals and I both know that most of what we do is not written in our job description. The magic words within the job description “other duties as assigned” seem to run our workday, which makes perfect sense since employers are looking for skills such as flexibility and adaptability.
Because of the changing priorities in the workplace, workload shifts, advances in technology, and constant changes, employers have a hard time documenting the demands placed upon administrative professionals. If you expect to follow and only complete the responsibilities and tasks written within the job description, forget it. Chances are there isn’t enough time in the day to list everything you are responsible for throughout the year.
Today, I invite you to find and read your job description. Does it align with your day? If so, great! If not, why not start making a list of the major responsibilities that are not included in your job description and ask to have it updated. It is best that your employer know your value NOW while you are still gainfully employed versus learn about all the responsibilities you did have once you prepare to leave and start seeking a replacement.