If the job ad says executive assistant, administrative assistant, or admin almost anything, you could end up as a manager in disguise, according to Phyllis Korkki, who writes on the job market for the New York Times.
"Whatever you call them," she says in a recent article, "these professionals continue to keep offices running as technology and budget cuts reshape their roles."
They not only perform secretarial tasks, they solve problems, coordinate, improvise, make things happen. In other words, they take charge, manage. More ...
Highly-human skills are the prime assets of these indispensable pros, and assertive deployment of those skills may lead to job titles that drop the "assistant."