Tattoo Tuesday…

“Heavily tattooed women can be said to control and subvert the ever-present ‘male gaze’ by forcing men (and women) to look at their bodies in a manner that exerts control.”~Margo Demello

As I was getting dressed for work this morning I stopped to admire the art that covers nearly 85% of my right arm. Each tattoo carefully chosen and strategically placed so that once complete the canvas will stand out and make complete sense. Today’s dress is short sleeved which of course allows each spot of ink of to be seen. While outside of my corporate job I am simply Brendolyn a woman with lots of tattoos who is proud to show them off. However, once I step foot inside my office I take on the role of a professional, one who seeks to be respected by not only her peers, but her subordinates as well as her superiors. Being young and being a woman is difficult enough, without standing out; right? So as I dressed this morning, putting on a cardigan to cover my tattooed arms I smiled because even I know that my tattoos do not impede my ability to do my job and to do my job well. For I am the “Tattooed Admin” and we all know, tattooed people do everything better.

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Happy Tattoo Tuesday!!

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Top 10 Differences Between Secretaries and Administrative Professionals

As written by Musings of a High-Level Executive Assistant

I came across this blog while I was doing research for my “Tattooed Admin” series and fell in love. I cringe when someone refers to me as a secretary and get upset when the admins I supervise refer to themselves as secretaries. Being a secretary is too easy, being an administrative assistant takes a bit more.. Enjoy

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The Tattooed Admin (the new age secretary)

“An office can work without but the boss, but not without the secretary.”~Jane Fonda

In this day and age women in the administrative profession cringe at the thought of being referred to as a “secretary.” The politically correct term is and has been for quite some time “administrative professional”, but despite the title the responsibilities remain the same. As I was sitting in the airport this morning waiting to board my 6th flight in less than two months I came to the startling realization that as an Executive Administrative Professional I am the one that makes the machine run. But it was also in that same moment [as I was snapping selfies] that I realized I don’t look like my earlier counterparts.[You know kind of like Jane Fonda in the movie Nine to Five] Nothing about me reads “secretary” not my hair, my style of dress [which actually has more of a “I run this show” kind of vibe] and definitely not my fifteen [give or take one or two] tattoos.

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