A secretary or personal assistant is a person whose work consists of supporting management, including executives, using a variety of project management, communication, or organizational skills. However this role should not be confused with the role of an executive secretary, who differs from a personal assistant. In many countries, an executive secretary is a high-ranking position in the administrative hierarchy. In fact in Pakistan, federal secretaries are dubbed as the most influential people in the country.

The functions of a personal assistant may be entirely carried out to assist one other employee or may be for the benefit of more than one. In other situations a secretary is an officer of a society or organization who deals with correspondence, admits new members, and organizes official meetings and events.[1][2][3]

Duties and functions

A secretary, also known as a personal assistant (PA) or administrative assistant, has many administrative duties. The title "secretary" is not used as often as in decades past, and responsibilities have evolved to much more advance skill set such as mastering Microsoft Office applications: Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to name a few. The duties may vary according to the nature and size of the company or organization, and might include managing budgets, bookkeeping, attending telephone calls, handling visitors, maintaining websites, travel arrangements, and preparing expense reports. Secretaries might also manage all the administrative details of running a high-level conference or meeting and be responsible for arranging the catering for a lunch meeting. Often executives will ask their assistant to take the minutes at meetings and prepare meeting documents for review.[4] In addition to the minutes, the secretary may be responsible for keeping all of the official records of a company or organization.[2] A secretary is also regarded as an "office manager".

Other Languages
العربية: سكرتارية
aragonés: Secretario
català: Secretari
Deutsch: Sekretär
eesti: Sekretär
Esperanto: Sekretario
فارسی: منشی
français: Secrétariat
한국어: 비서
हिन्दी: सचिव
Bahasa Indonesia: Sekretaris
עברית: מזכיר
Basa Jawa: Sekretaris
ქართული: მდივანი
lietuvių: Sekretorius
македонски: Секретар
Bahasa Melayu: Setiausaha
Nederlands: Secretaresse
नेपाल भाषा: सचिव
日本語: 秘書
norsk: Sekretær
norsk nynorsk: Sekretær som yrke
Simple English: Secretary
Soomaaliga: Xoghaye
српски / srpski: Секретар (дужност)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Sekretar
suomi: Sihteeri
Tiếng Việt: Thư ký
粵語: 秘書