One of Joan’s readers asked “How do I get them to realize that I am not “Just a Secretary?” What approach would you recommend to change the general executive’s perspective of this role as “just a secretary”?
For years when people asked what I did for a living, I was embarrassed to admit that I was a secretary; often times saying “I’m just a secretary.” Before you can change the executive’s perspective of your role, you must first change your own perspective. I did this by becoming a member of IAAP. That is where I finally met peers who understood that the career I had chosen was more than just a job, it was a profession. [Read more…]