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Intervju med Nicole Davis, Verkställande Administrativ Assistent

Skrivet av Petra Lillandt Durosinmi 02.03.2018 | 0 Kommentarer

Nicole By Miss N

Undrar du hur det är att jobba som Verkställande Administrativ Assistent (Executive Administrative Assistant) på ett mindre företag i Silicon Valley? Här kan du läsa om Nicole Davis som är en Verkställande Administrativ Assistent till ägaren (President) på ett familjeägt escrow* företag i San Jose, CA.

Nicole, Please introduce yourself.
Hi, My name is Nicole Davis, I am originally from Boise, Idaho, and I grew up on a dairy farm. I moved to San Jose area to go to college, where I obtained a BA in Psychology and an MS in Justice Studies. I am a single mom to an 11 year old boy.

What is your current position?
I am an Executive Administrative Assistant and slowly training to become a full time Escrow Officer.

What is the name of the company you work for and what does the company do?
I work for Business & Escrow Service Center Inc. in San Jose, CA. We primarily work with sale of business and mobile home escrows.

How many years of industry experience do you have?
I have worked as an administrative assistant in different lines of work since I was 14. My current job is really all I know since I have been her 14 years. 

Do you work part-time, full-time, or are you a contractor?
I am a full-time employee.

What is your education?
I have a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Psychology and an MS (Master of Science) in Justice Studies from San Jose State University.

What is your professional background?
I have worked as an administrative assistant in different lines of work since I was 14. My current job is really all I know since I have been her 14 years.

Did you apply for your current position, or did someone reach out to you?
I applied through the newspaper in 2004.

What are some of your daily tasks?
Closing files, talking to clients, signing documents for opening and closing of escrows, daily interaction with the public and public agencies. Receipting in funds as well as cutting checks to disburse funds.

Are your immediate coworkers at the same location, or are you spread out around the world?
We are all in the same location. It’s a small business of nine employees.

What is the culture like?
Small business family owned for 35 plus years.

Do you have a good life and work balance?
I do not believe I do, work is stressful and it is not untypical to miss lunch or try to come in early, and stay late if possible. Constant reminder nightly and on weekends with work emails coming in. No compensation for hours worked over the normal 40 though often it is necessary to reduce some of the stress level that often ends up going home with me.

How many days of vacation or PTO (Personal Time Off) do you have each year?
I have four weeks of vacation, five days of PTO, and three days of sick leave.

Does your work include benefits?
Yes, my employer match a 401(k)*, pays 80% of my insurance* (only for employee, family is in addition and full premium* is paid at my cost), and vacation.

What do you like the most about working at Business & Escrow Service Center Inc.?
I like the job security, and interacting with coworkers and different types of people. People can have interesting stories of either life lessons or knowledge.

What advice would you give a person who is interested in a similar position as yours?
It is based on an old fashioned work structure, typically 8-5, with an hour lunch. This is not the job for someone who requires lots of flexibility and it is not uncommon to work more than 40 hours a week. There is no ability to work from home. There is not a lot of people with knowledge in this type of industry (escrows for sale of businesses and mobile homes), it is a hands on job, meaning the job is learned through working in the industry. Since the workforce is small I would suggest learning as much as you can this would makes someone more valuable and harder to replace. Once you know the industry you have good job security and knowledge is power.

What is your view on networking?
I think networking is great, however in my profession it is not really something that is necessary.

That's all the questions I had. Thank you so much for the time! :)

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*Ett escrow företag är en oberoende tredje partner som håller pengarna för en transaktion under tiden allt pappersarbete avslutas i försäljning/köp av t.e.x. företag, fastighet, hus, värdepapper och aktier.
*401(k) är en typ av pensionssparande där företaget eventuellt matchar en viss procent. (Kommer att skriva mer om pensionssparande i ett annat inlägg.)
*80% of my insurance betyder i detta fall att företaget betalar 80% av försäkringen (inkluderar hälso-, tand- och synförsäkring) för den anställda. Resten betalar den anställda. (Kommer att skriva mer om försäkring i ett annat inlägg.)
*Full premium betyder i detta fall att den anställda betalar 100% av försäkringen för sina familjemedlemmar.


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