How do I break from data entry jobs and get into administrative assistant jobs?

I graduated from a secretarial course with a certificate 8 years ago, and still can't get out of data entry and get an administrative assistant job. I am very proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook...PCs and Mac Computers, some accounting and payroll, excellent organizational skills, reliability, trustworthiness and high ethics (handling cash or account information), typing around 50 WPM, and 2 associates degrees. How do I get employers to see that I am overqualified for data entry, and perfectly suited for administrative assistant jobs?

Asked By: cassicad75 - 5/30/2006
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First of all get a typing program for your computer to get your typing speed up. 50 is OK but not good enough these days. Then get some one to help you type a good resume, they will help you with this at your local unemployment office. Then start networking every where you go. Most jobs are got by networking!
Answered By: Donna - 6/12/2006
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You will have to review your resume - if you have all those skills and are being overlooked, maybe your cv does not reflect your skillset. Otherwise maybe you are doing something wrong at interview stage or maybe your Referees are giving you a bad rap?
Answered By: LadyRebecca - 5/30/2006
All those skills and qualities are good; however, my opinion (and it is just that!) is that you need to demonstrate your ability to think critically and to solve problems. You may also need to demonstrate your ability to handle multiple simultaneous projects.
Answered By: poohu812many - 5/30/2006
Post your resume on "" and let the recruiters find admin assistance jobs for you. With the recruiters doing the work you can sit back and let the jobs come to you and all you have to do is say yes or no.
Answered By: TC - 6/11/2006
Try going to a temp agency and maybe they can hook you up with a job.
Answered By: mama_mia - 6/11/2006
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