Secretaries perform a variety of administrative tasks to help keep an organisation run smoothly. They answer telephone calls, draft and send e-mails, maintain diaries, arrange appointments, take messages, file documents, organise and service meetings, and manage databases.

Alternative label

  • executive secretary

  • administrative assistant

  • assistant

  • front office secretary

  • corporate secretary

  • office administrative assistant

  • school secretary

  • private secretary

  • secretarial assistant

  • office worker

  • typist

  • office receptionist

  • head secretary

  • city administrator secretary

  • personal assistant

  • front office clerk

Regulatory aspect

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Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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