By Michelle Wanjiku
“I got a new job as an Administrative Assistant over 2 weeks ago. On my salary expectation, I had stated 50-60K. However, I was offered Shs.35000, I was able to negotiate and we settled on 40K with an agreement that they would review my salary after 6 months.
My question is how much should an admin assistant earn? This will help me know what to expect when the salary review happens?” asks Jane in an email.
First of all, it is important to remember that, how much you earn depends on your level of experience and expertise as well as your salary negotiation skills.
Another factor you should put into consideration is the employer’s budget. It goes without saying that most large companies pay better than start-ups. However, there are some SME’s that pay better than large corporations.
So when it comes to negotiating your salary, look at the financial capabilities of the company and state a figure they can afford.
So, What Are The Qualifications For An Admin Assistant In Kenya?
The administrative assistant acts as the backbone of the organization because they are the ones that ensure the company runs smoothly on a daily basis.
To be an Admin Assistant, the minimum educational qualification is a diploma or professional qualification in business administration. However, some employers may prefer applicants who have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Admin Assistants must be perfect in Computer literacy with Knowledge of MS-Office applications. They must also have strong interpersonal skills, strong initiative and ability to handle complex assignments with a proactive attitude.
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What Is The Average Salary For An Administrative Assistant?
According to Carolyne Kariuki, a recruitment manager at Corporate Staffing Services, the average pay for an entry level Administration Assistant position is between 30K to Ksh 60K. However, this varies depending on the various factors stated above as well as the scope of responsibilities.
Sample Administrative Assistant Cover Letter To Guide You
P.O. Box 000-000
20th April 2018
Human Resource Manager
Name of Company
P.O. Box xxx,
Dear Ms. Mutheu,
REF: APPLICATION FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION
As a highly organized and efficient professional with a variety of administrative leadership experience and exceptional interpersonal abilities, I am prepared to significantly contribute to your company’s goals and objectives. Thus I would wish to apply for the job referenced above.
My background includes overseeing administrative operations and staff members while driving office efficiency and maximizing productivity. From organizing schedules and providing outstanding customer service, I excel at prioritizing tasks, collaborating with peers and management teams, and encouraging effective communication and organizational procedures to realize seamless organizational functioning.
Highlights of my experience include:
- Overseeing office activities including scheduling, budgeting/forecasting, record maintenance, and purchasing while implementing new procedures to ensure optimal productivity.
- Demonstrating a steadfast commitment to providing outstanding administrative management within fast-paced environments while streamlining operations and achieving company success.
- Providing full-scale administrative and logistical to Senior Personnel
- Excelling at balancing multiple tasks while providing top-level organization, interpersonal, and communication skills.
My skills in general administration and organization, along with my superior team leadership and staff management abilities, position me to excel in this role. I would appreciate the chance to offer more insight into my qualifications. Thank you for your consideration; I look forward to speaking with you soon.
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