I have a job offer as an Executive Assistant to CTO. What can I expect?

I am a 30 year old married woman. I recently got a job offer as a executive assistant to CFO of a big Japanese Multi-national company. This company has a very conservative culture. I am not sure what I can expect from this position apart from what the recruiter already told me. I applied for this job as it required use of my bilingual skills. However, the job description also says "schedule meetings / arrange catering / answer phones" etc apart from using my bilingual skills to interact with clients. Will I end up serving coffee, taking phone calls and being assumed to be a subservient bimbo? What can I expect? The tone of the recruiter sounded like I would be more of a "secretary" and less of an "assistant". Any/all advise would be appreciated. Also, do you know if there is a generic dress code for Executive Assistants? In one of my previous companys (I was working there as a translator), the secretary had to wear either skirts and tops or full length dress - no shirt/trousers. I think I did not clarify, this position is not in Japan. This position is in US but for a Japanese company.

Asked By: Felicia Richards - 7/25/2006
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This seems more of a question that you should have discussed with the recruiter. I'd think each company/CTO is different in what they expect from their assistant... More
Answered By: parsonsel - 7/25/2006
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You will make ocha and call the cab for him when he has to run to Ginza to pump his aijin. Edit: BTW, if you speak Japanese and English that well, why be some old Japanese man's crutch? Your use of English will be related to telling Sumisu-san that he can come to the office next Thursday. あほやろ、おまえは.
Answered By: rectaldouchebag r - 7/25/2006
definately secretary it sounds like, and you have to dress professionally since you will be interacting with alot of people. Japanese culture for business is much more professional attire and attitude compared to the american business casual. Also japanese companies expect work to come first before family.
Answered By: thunder2sys - 7/25/2006
Sounds like a cushy job, lotsa $. Looks like you'll be pouring coffee my dear. Take it or leave it, goes with the job. Take the job & use it to jump to the next higher level.
Answered By: Bluealt - 7/25/2006
Japanese are not very liberal in their attitudes toward women. You will be expected to be totally subservient to the men, including serving coffee, tea, etc. It does not sound like that is the kind of job you want.
Answered By: lowerbearville - 7/25/2006
Ha, I don't know anything about Japanese companies, other than Japan is much more sex stereotypical than the US... More
Answered By: Isabella - 7/25/2006
Good Luck with that. I personally worked as an Executive Assistant for 2 years in HR for a Japanese based company. You should be prepared for ultra-conservative not to mention sexist values from your CFO. Although, I moved up in position from that "assistant" position, I would never work for a company such as theirs... More
Answered By: girliegurl1008 - 7/25/2006
Your gonna make coffee, answer phones, and pretty much do whatever the CFO is too lazy to do himself. Administrative assistants, executive assistants, secretaries.....they differ only in the title. If your not really interested in being some "subservient bimbo", I would probably look for a job NOT headquartered in... More
Answered By: Brian - 7/26/2006
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