Since my boss is leaving me, I thought this topic was appropos.
I wrote previously about the boss/assistant relationship. Because this relationship is so important to the actual job of being an administrative assistant, when your boss leaves it rather leaves things up in the air for the assistant left behind. Several outcomes are possible when this happens.
- Your boss asks you to go with her. This can be good or bad depending on the offer and your own circumstances. Generally, since your boss will already know what you are making, the offer will be a better one than you currently have, but that isn’t guaranteed. It also depends if the new job would require relocating and if you are able and willing to do. The real hitch, though, is how much you like the current boss. If you hate her, you obviously don’t want to follow her to a new company. But if you have a great relationship with your boss, following him to a new job can be a step up on the career ladder
- The company fills your boss’s vacancy with an internal candidate. Again, this could be good or bad. This new boss is potentially someone you already know and have worked with. It can lead to the quick formation of the aforementioned relationship and everyone lives happily ever after.
However, the incoming boss may already have an assistant that he wants to bring with him (that would be the negative). It leaves your position up in the air. Either they transfer you to another department or you end up in the layoff line (being made redundant for my English readers). Of course, it could also be that the internal candidate is someone horrible that you don’t want to work with. So far, I’ve been in this position twice, and neither worked out in my favor. Once was the horrible boss, and the other was the layoff.
- The company brings in a new person for the position. See number 2, because the negatives are pretty much the same. On the other hand, the new boss could be completely cool and you’ll love her. It’s a wait and see situation.
- The company decides not to fill the empty position. Which, of course, means you’ll be transferred or laid off.
When your boss leaves, it can be a very trying and stressful time for you regardless of how everything turns out in the end. Here’s a couple of important tips for dealing with these circumstances.
- Make sure you ask for a reference before your boss leaves. If she is relocating, make sure to get her new contact information in case you are going job hunting.
- Go ahead and update your resume. I’m not saying this will end disastrously, but make sure your bases are covered.
- Keep an eye on the want ads. Actually, I recommend this to everyone regardless of whether or not you are currently looking to change jobs. It’s always a good idea to know not only what is available but the current pay rates in your given field. And, of course, you never know if that dream job you’ve always wanted will show up in the paper one day.
- Try to stay positive. This post has, unfortunately, skewed to the negative. However, I’ve known many assistants who have outlasted multiple bosses in their position. If you really want to stay with the company, just keep being an outstanding assistant. Take things one day at a time, do your best, and if worse does come to worse, you will at least have a very good recommendation.