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Fictional secretaries, real skills

By CNN Living staff
updated 6:59 PM EDT, Tue April 22, 2014
James Bond's boss, M, has one heck of a secretary. Eve Moneypenny, here in 2012's "Skyfall," is actually a field agent who understands top-secret reports involving British super-spies. Information management and presentation development is <a href='http://www.administrativeassistants.com/duties/' target='_blank'>a highly sought skill</a> for administrative assistant positions. James Bond's boss, M, has one heck of a secretary. Eve Moneypenny, here in 2012's "Skyfall," is actually a field agent who understands top-secret reports involving British super-spies. Information management and presentation development is a highly sought skill for administrative assistant positions.
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Fictional secretaries, real skills
Gary Walsh: One step ahead
Pam Beesly: Leaning in
Judy, Violet and Doralee: Office morale
Jonathan: Absolute loyalty
Joan Holloway: Keeping the troops in line
Janine Melnitz: Gatekeeping
Tess McGill: Research, money management
Marc St. James: Presentations
Andy Sachs: Multicultural ettiquette
Pepper Potts: Event coordination
April Ludgate: Office pit bull
Lucy Moran: Gossip generator
Karen Walker: Always honest
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • It's Administrative Professionals Week, a time to appreciate all they do
  • Many prefer the term "administrative assistant" to "secretary"
  • The people who fill these rolls well are efficient, organized and discreet
  • Popular culture has seen many examples of indispensable admins

(CNN) -- The third week in April celebrates the administrative professionals who make our lives easier. Whether you prefer the term "secretary" or "administrative assistant," history's offices are full of efficient, smart and loyal men and women, both in real life and on the silver screen. From Miss Moneypenny to Joan Holloway, these folks know how to get the job done.

What does it take to be a great administrative assistant? Information, operations and human resources management, for a start. Take a look at the gallery above to view famous clerical standouts from television and the movies.

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