Skills and Abilities
You'll need high-level clerical skills for this position, such as advanced or expert proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are also necessary, particularly as you might be the liaison between the CEO and the board of directors.
A CEO is a busy person, so the ability to anticipate needs, think critically and offer solutions to problems can help you both. In a large company, the CEO may have a staff that includes a receptionist and general administrative assistants.
The daily routine of an executive assistant is rarely the same from day to day, and varies significantly depending on the industry you work in and the size of the company. Typical duties include managing a complex schedule for the CEO. That includes booking meetings, conference calls, and travel. You might take meeting minutes, write reports, prepare correspondence and prioritize items that need attention. General bookkeeping and good math skills are often necessary for preparing a CEO's expense report, reconciling credit card statements or submitting billing information.