The one question I could never answer with confidence in any interview was the one where I am being looked square in the eyes and asked \"And tell us what is your weakness in your job or career\".
Is it a weakness to not stand back and let an opportunity pass by where I could gain a huge advantage in my day to day job by venturing into other areas of expertise because I have an interest in taking on a new challenge to acquire new skills, work in levels higher than any ordinary admin person will ever dream to tread? If it is seen to be a weakness that I take on so much extra to my suggested employment contracts and to build a career that I now look back at with great pride and still handle with the greatest passion you can imagine for Administration and Desktop Publishing fields of vast opportunity, then with a smile I will tell you my weakness is that I am never going to stop taking on more in order to grow continuously in my career. Being a Virtual Administrator and DTP for the past 5 years has brought an experience and freedom to assist as many companies and individuals as I want to and spreading my wings as I reach heights many would not think possible.
I enjoy a challenge where I can apply my skills and also gain new experience and improve my current skills to a higher level. As a hobby I stroll in my little garden at home and clean out the beds or take the pup for a walk at sunset (before night time duties call of course for my international clientele to whom I show the same loyalty and dedication in a suitable time schedule as they require it).
**Employment Achievements Attained**
** Achievements Received internal Esprit D\'Corp consecutively for 9 months and branch award thereof in February 2007.
** Received best ad design and layout reward from Cape Argus for New Year\'s Ad in early December 2007 - grayscale ad awarded to be placed on front cover of property section in full color.
** Further achievement - Assistance to bring Cape Town branch up to date on all documentation, implementing systems within the branch to turn office into a successful quick function and ease of use area. Template de sign, file implementing, agent supplies stocked, etc.
I enjoy a challenge where I can apply my skills and also gain new experience and improve my current skills to a higher level. As a hobby, I enjoy partaking in online game challenges.
DETAIL OF EMPLOYMENT IN FULL:
*(Permanent & Temporary Positions Held from most recent to oldest)*
Company Wendy Machanik Properties
Type of Position Permanent
Duration Oct 2005 to Dec 2007
General Info Pretoria Branch October \'05
to March \'07;
Accepted transfer to Cape
Town (March \'07 -
Position Held Senior Administration &
Desktop Publisher (DTP)
Duties Personal Assistant to Manager,
DTP & Design, Snr Office
Administrator with general plus all
round hands-on duties for both
office related work as well as for all
agents (totaling as many as 20 at a
given time), Event Coordinating,
Assistance to Rental Agent (Cape
Descriptions of Relevance:
o DTP & Design:
Brochures o invites o window displays o forms o Templates o presentation packs (personalized) o DTP (incl. full advertising function - booking space with publishers, booking ads for agents, distributing ad space amongst agents, creating templates for weekly ads, designing the layout, final editing and correction/changes) o Creating & Submitting print-ready formats to publishers.
Maintain, update, follow up, report and submit all sales documentation to lawers, bond originators, head office of WMP as well as agents involved in sale and branch manager + updates to buyers & sellers weekly (up to 20 sales a month successfully handled)
o Reception, PA & Admin:
Full function, including receiving of clients,
scheduling appointments, Keeping office environment tidy, Updating
and creating files, Telephonic duties (8x25 Switchboard), Assistance to
agents (up to 20 at the same time), Maintain and update,
Documentation room - all documentation frequently
refilled/maintained, Typing - emails, general office correspondence
Data capture - buyers lists, sales info, Updating property info on
internet (company site, property 24 and Cyberagent), Assistance to
Manager, Minutes and Agenda, Distribution of all documentation, lists
and correspondence to agents, Email creation, follow up, response;
Online sms system, Petty Cash and stationary, Maintain printers and
copier/fax plus their supplies, Forwarding & payment confirmation of
invoices to clients/suppliers, Update and maintain Personnel files,
Monthly, quarterly and annual reports - office and sales related.
o Event Co-ordination: Sourcing exhibition dates, booking exhibition space, setting up, maintaining and taking down exhibition areas, creating and maintaining property displays, shift relief when needed.
Arranging of cheese and wine evenings for hot property shows.
** Achievements Received internal Esprit D\'Corp consecutively for 9 months and branch
award thereof in February 2007.
** Received best ad design and layout reward from Cape Argus for New Year\'s Ad in early December 2007 - grayscale ad awarded to be placed on front cover of prop
Areas of Expertise
**Skills & Qualifications**
Computer Qualification in MS Office (Advanced-full)
Certification in PowerPoint Advanced (additional to MS Office course)
Certification in MS Word Intermediate (additional to MS Office course)
Packages: MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook & Outlook Express, Internet research, bookings, submission and maintenance.
Layout, Editing, Formatting, Creating, Adjusting, Updating.
Design: Quark Express 7.2, Corel Draw, Dreamweaver, Frontpage, Expression Web, Photoshop CS3, Infran view, All Adobe products relative to dtp and design workings
Web: Research & Design: WordPress, PHP, CSS, HTML, HTML5, CSS3.
Typing Fast and accurate with a speed of 75wpm
Other Certifications: First Aid, Aids Awareness programme