2018 Admin Superstar Winnner

2018 Admin Superstar Winner

This year’s awards saw over 100 entries from organisations across New Zealand and Australia. After much deliberation from our regional judges, 7 finalists made the shortlist to become crowned Admin Superstar of the Year 2018.

We are excited to announce the New Zealand 2018 Admin Superstar award goes to Ilonka Vari, Business Relationship Coordinator at Te Tumu Paeroa.

Ilonka goes above and beyond her role working tirelessly to build relationships with internal teams. She is a key internal influencer and continually works to ensure the support team are working side-by-side within the business. Along with the Admin Superstar of the Year 2018 title, Ilonka has won a $2000 travel voucher.

Successful companies rely heavily on quality administrative professionals to keep everything running smoothly.

Admin professionals are often required to work in a collaborative environment managing several different projects at any one time. Here are our top tips for admin professionals. Take your next step to becoming an admin superstar with these 3 tips:

1. Stay up to date with admin technology and systems

Knowing how to use Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel is a must for any admin professional. Organisations expect admin professionals to be able to use these programs in their daily tasks. Consider looking into online courses so you’re confident across the Microsoft Suite. 

2. Develop soft skills 

Just as important as technical skills, soft skills help to set you apart from other admin professionals in the market. Here are some desirable skills that hiring managers look for:

  • Organisation and the ability to multitask, adapt and be flexible
  • Pride in personal presentation
  • Good communication skills
  • Approachable 
  • Ability to work well under pressure whilst maintaining a high level of attention to detail
  • Solution focussed and able to work independently
  • Customer service skills with a good phone manner

3. Remain relevant in the market

Admin roles are constantly changing. The skills that you develop are transferable, opening a multitude of opportunities across different industries. Remain relevant in the market by:

  • Researching online courses
    Often these can be completed in your own time and show employers you are dedicated to learning and developing. Some employers may allow you to participate in these courses as part of a personal development programme.

  • Offering to assist in other roles
    Learning from others in your workplace is an easy way to develop your skills. Offer to assist in other projects to expand your skill set and your understanding of the wider business. Using your organisation skills and eye for detail to help a colleague out of a tricky situation is a great way to raise your profile.

  • Keeping up to date with market trends
    Attend industry meetups and connect with other admin professionals to stay on top of market trends. This also includes keeping up to date with different systems and software updates for any programmes your company may use.

Quality admin professionals aren’t just supporting players; they are a critical part to an organisation and contribute to the success of an organisation.


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