When I was asked to speak at the Office Dynamics Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, I was ecstatic. It was the first time my company OfficeTeam was participating in the event. And in my nearly 20 years around the administrative staffing industry, I had heard only fantastic things about the conference. So did the revolutionary event live up to its billing? Without a doubt.
Upon entering the opening session at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, I immediately sensed how warm and inviting the group was. It didn’t take me long to also appreciate the strength and knowledge that was in that room – from the speakers and attendees alike.
You Say You Want a Revolution …
During the conference, I spoke about “Trailblazing Your Way to Career Success.” I discussed everything from thinking like a visionary to showing your initiative to developing an executive presence – all factors that will help you blaze trails at work. One thing I want to emphasize is that there’s no time like the present to show just how revolutionary you can be.
Administrative staff are increasingly gaining influence in the office by challenging the norm, taking intelligent risks and going above and beyond their traditional roles to show their value. By doing the same, you, too, can become a trailblazer. Stretching beyond your comfort zone is always a little scary, but that’s the only way you’ll ever grow.
I’m constantly in awe of individuals like Jasmine Freeman who have advanced their careers by forging their own paths. She started as a temporary professional with OfficeTeam, honing her skills and knocking down challenges one by one. By taking on various assignments, she discovered what she was good at and what she enjoyed doing most. Not everyone will have the same career path, but there’s nothing stopping you from taking a similar approach with your professional endeavors.
As a speaker during the Office Dynamics conference, I’m grateful for everything I was able to take away from my time in Vegas. Not only was I inspired by the wealth of information and stories, but I’m excited about the revolution taking place in the administrative profession.
Keep the momentum going! Continue pursuing opportunities to learn and be challenged. Step up to the plate and try something new. You’ll be glad you did and reap the benefits.
We’re all fortunate to have training pioneers like Joan and her team in the corner for administrative professionals. OfficeTeam and I will also continue to do whatever we can to further the charge!
Written by Brandi Britton
Brandi Britton is a district president for OfficeTeam, the nation’s leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled administrative and office support professionals. In her role, Brandi oversees operations for the company’s offices throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and places tens of thousands of highly skilled candidates each year into positions ranging from executive and administrative assistant to receptionist and customer service representative. Brandi is a frequent speaker on employment issues and has been interviewed by the media on career, job search, workplace, hiring and management topics.