Administrative Prowess in Western Washington: An Interview with Janice F.

Jan. 11, 2016 Administrative Assistant Jobs, Bellevue Jobs


As most administrative professionals know, sometimes it can be a challenge to juggle your own life in between the lives of those you support on a day-to-day basis, but Parker contractor, Janice Felgenhauer has the flow down pat. Janice is currently working in Bellevue as an Administrative Associate contractor at Transwestern, a property management company. Janice is responsible for maintaining a lot of relationships – coworkers, management, and tenants. We were able to talk to Janice this week, and she was more than happy to share her secrets to work/life balance as a contractor and what she loves about her role. 

// Hi Janice! Thanks for carving some time out to speak to us. Let’s start by discussing your current contract. Can you describe your role at Transwestern 

As most administrative professionals know, sometimes it can be a challenge to juggle your own life in between the lives of those you support on a day-to-day basis, but Parker contractor, Janice Felgenhauer has the flow down pat. Janice is currently working in Bellevue as an Administrative Associate contractor at Transwestern, a property management company. Janice is responsible for maintaining a lot of relationships – coworkers, management, and tenants. We were able to talk to Janice this week, and she was more than happy to share her secrets to work/life balance as a contractor and what she loves about her role. 

As the Administrative Associate for a property management company, I have a wide variety of duties which include the following: 

  • Providing full administrative support including phone support, typing, reports, filing and distribution of correspondence.

  • Scheduling and coordinating meetings/special events as requested.. While maintaining the conference room calendar.  

  • Maintaining the insurance certificates for vendors with a follow-up system for expiration. 

  • I have been empowered to maintain relationships with tenants by communicating information regarding events on the property, system changes, procedures on scheduling meeting rooms and more. 
     

// It sounds like you’re managing a lot of day-to-day activity! What have you learned about yourself during your time working at Transwestern?  

I found that I retained things that I learned from working in this industry over 14 years ago. I have found that it is definitely a small world.  I discovered that in this industry people know or have heard of other people from other property management companies. 

 

// Skill retention is great! It’s like riding a bike – you never forget! What would you say is the best thing about working there?  

 I work with a great group of people. My colleagues have made me feel welcome and a part of the “family” from day 1. They’re a fairly tight knit group, compassionate, caring and supportive.  

 

// Having a wonderful work family can certainly make the days go by faster. So, as you know it was just New Years – do you have any resolutions for this year?  

Yes I do. I aim to connect more with family and friends.  Life can get “busy” and often times I lose track of what’s really important to me. My Mother-In-Law passed away in November and my Father was hospitalized after having a heart attack also in November.  I plan to focus on the fact that not only am I getting older, but so are my parents and I want to spend as much time with them as possible. They live in Southern California so Skype has been a wonderful tool. 

 

// Great resolution. We certainly hope your father is feeling better and that you have plenty of opportunities to Skype with him this year! It seems as though you’ve had great success as a Parker contractor. What advice do you have for other job seekers out there?  

 After I was laid off from my last permanent position I panicked and worried about finding another job fast.  When my husband told me to relax and not worry about it so much I was able to slow down and think about what I really wanted to do.  It gave me the opportunity to reevaluate myself.  I found Parker Staffing and after working many different assignments I became more content with what I do. So I guess my advice is to not panic, worry or stress. It’s hard not to but when you have a clear mind you can focus on what would be the best fit for you. 

 

// Don’t worry, be happy! Great advice, Janice. Thank you. Now, let’s have a little bit of fun with our Lightning Round:  

Cats/Dogs – Dogs 
Spring/Fall  Spring 
Cake/Pie – Pie (unless you offer me cheesecake then that wins) 
Movies/TV Shows Movies (TV shows if I’m binge watching Netflix) 
Hot chocolate/Apple Cider Apple Cider 

Awesome answers! Thank you so much for talking with us and for being a stellar Parker contractor! We appreciate you and all that you do!