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We can work with you to: - upskill individual Assistants and reverse underperformance - audit the skills and capabilities of your support team - create best practice and common systems of working for your Assistants - appraise directors on the effective use of their Assistant’s time - review and optimise job descriptions Please contact us to discuss
2) Take Thorough Messages
3) Understand The Company's Vision It is essential that you understand the vision and mission of your organisation. These factors impact the decision-making of your boss and the wider organisation. Understanding the vision and mission will help you to make solid decisions on your boss's behalf.
4) Become Your Boss's Mentee Ask your boss to mentor you; particularly if you are new to the organisation. This will encourage better teamwork and help your boss to understand your challenges and gaps in your understanding of the business.
5) Be a Problem Solver Always provide a possible solution when delivering a message to your boss about a problem. Your boss has enough to worry about, so if you can offer solutions, that will take some of the pressure off your boss. It could be something as simple as saying that there is a problem with "X" but you have spoken to a team member about it and they are looking into it.
6) Be Your Boss's Memory Be a mind of useful information. Get clued up on personal things like the names of the wives of your boss's main customers (and their birthdays if you can manage it).
7) Have a Plan For Continuous Development Don't allow yourself to be overlooked for training and development, or for promotion. Set goals for your development and tell your boss what is needed to ensure that you keep up with the latest best practice in your profession. It's the PA's responsibility to have such a plan. It says that you are conscious of the need for new ideas in your role to ensure the effectiveness of your partnership.
Finally, advancing effortlessly from a not-so-senior Personal Assistant role to a Senior Executive Assistant role requires a thorough understanding of the senior EAs objectives and responsibilities. It also sets a bar for development to ensure that you are growing in the profession. _____________________________________________________________________________
Training is an investment, not an expense! Many executives agree that an exceptional Executive PA can contribute as much as 40% to her/his boss's productivity; therefore, a good Executive Assistant is worth many times their salary.
Paradoxically, when it comes to PA training and continuous professional development, PAs often have to battle with their boss to convince them to invest in effective PA training. PAs pack their boss's parachute on a daily basis so regular refresher training is a must. If you need ideas for making your case for PA training download our business case document.
ADVANCED PA TRAINING The Advanced Executive PA Masterclass
PA & SECRETARIAL REFRESHER TRAINING PA Duties: Mastering the Essentials Course
IN-HOUSE PA, EA, ADMIN., SECRETARIAL TRAINING Training delivered at your offices
LUNCH 'N LEARN PA TRAINING Bitesize PA training during lunch period
The road to success is always under construction!Are you constantly setting career goals and abandoning them? We can help you set achievable goals and remain motivated to fulfil them. Whether you are a PA, an Executive Assistant, a junior secretary or an Administrator, it is essential that you maintain your professional performance. PA mentoring is an effective, personalized resource for PA development that can significantly improve your effectiveness and help you to discover your unique career roadmap. It is a good way to improve your performance without attending a training course, particularly as advice is tailored to your specific challenges. Personal-Assistant-Tips offers face-to-face mentoring and telephone/email mentoring programmes. Click here for more on PA Mentoring.
Producing a winning CV/resume requires careful attention to the requirements of the job specification, but getting that interview is only half the battle. If you are due to attend an interview for a PA role, it would be prudent to assume that the interviewer will utilize a behavioural-style interview where he/she will seek to identify your range of skills through solid evidence.
Preparation is key to a successful behavioural-style interview. The trick is to thoroughly communicate your PA work experiences. Anticipate the type of questions you may be asked by the Hiring Manager and practice your responses. Behavioural-style interviews also seek to establish how you behave in particular situations.
The Hiring Manager will be looking for examples of recent experiences that are similar in nature to the specifics of the job description. Include in your examples elements such as details of tasks performed; any time constraints you encountered; mitigating circumstances and the outcome of the task. Was the task accomplished successfully? How did you overcome obstacles? Click here for more on behavioural-style interviews.
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