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Career development experts Assistants should follow on LinkedIn

Career development experts Assistants should follow on LinkedIn

Most of us have got a profile on LinkedIn, just in case we decide to change our role and need to have our resume online. LinkedIn is great when you decide to look for a new job but it is also a pretty great place to start if you want to develop personally and professionally. […]

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Why every Assistant should have their own personal vision statement

Why every Assistant should have their own personal vision statement

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?  A great question isn’t it? This is where I started when I created my personal vision statement. I love Practically Perfect PA, and I find the work really rewarding, but I have been doing this for 8 years and it was definitely time to stop […]

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How do you measure your career success?

How do you measure your career success?

There are so many events, webinars, publications, blogs out there that talk about career success for Assistants. Career success comes in many shapes and forms and, let’s face it, is an entirely personal definition. It could be that you define success as having a fantastic salary, amazing job title, or office all to yourself. It […]

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5 questions to ask before you start your next job search

5 questions to ask before you start your next job search

We all know that looking for a new job isn’t easy. It can take a lot of time with hours of searching through job descriptions, speaking to recruitment agencies and then, of course, the time spent preparing for and going to job interviews. It is a job in itself! But, most people start a new […]

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Expanding Your Role

Expanding your role

You worked for years to attain the top title in your job classification, and it felt great to finally achieve it. So, when review time rolled around, you didn’t think much about it. After all, you’d only held the title for a year.  But as you prepared for your annual performance review the following year, […]

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Eight great business books for strategic Assistants

Eight great business books for strategic Assistants

The trait that I admire most in exceptional leaders (think Oprah Winfrey and Brene Brown) is the time they dedicate to learning new things. I love that they read, take on new ideas and concepts and never stop growing. This is something that I always try to find time for, and I think it is […]

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Why every Assistant should have their own personal vision statement

Why every Assistant should have their own personal vision statement

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?  A great question isn’t it? This is where I started when I created my personal vision statement. I love Practically Perfect PA, and I find the work really rewarding, but I have been doing this for 8 years and it was definitely time to stop […]

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Growth plans for Assistants

Earlier this year I read a fantastic blog from Hallie Warner, chief of staff at Adam Hergenrother Companies on the who, what, when and how of growth plans. The blog details Hallie’s objectives for 2019 and how she goes about putting together her growth plan for the year. I loved the blog post so I […]

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10 questions to ask during your mid-year review

10 questions to ask during your mid-year review

We are halfway through the year, and it is likely that at some point soon you will have a mid-year review with your manager. If you don’t have anything in the diary or your Executive hasn’t mentioned getting together for a review, I would highly recommend you do something about it. Mid-year reviews are an […]

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Giving and receiving feedback at work

Giving and receiving feedback at work

At last week’s Future Assistant Conference, we had a brilliant session on how you can manage an awkward conversation. Our wonderful speaker, Julie Leitz, introduced the session by saying that most advancements in our careers and our lives come from difficult conversations, but actually, we are never taught how to have these conversations, how to manage […]

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Smash your mid year review

With September being half way through the financial year for organisations it is most likely that at some point soon you will have a mid-year review with your manager. If you don’ have anything in the diary or your Executive hasn’t mentioned getting together for a review I would highly recommend you do something about […]

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What are your manager's objectives?

Mid year review season is here again! Many of you will be completing your mid year review paperwork, looking back on the last 6 months to see what you have accomplished and having conversations with your managers regarding your performance to date.

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