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What if I look stupid?

During the Virtual Summit 2017, we had the brilliant Lisa N. Alexander present her session on how Assistants can feel more empowered in the workplace. On the outside you smile, you nod in agreement, but inside you’re frustrated. You’re angry at yourself for not speaking up. You don’t ask for what you want because: You […]

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3 easy ways to raise your visibility on LinkedIn

3 easy ways to raise your visibility on LinkedIn

Did you know that LinkedIn is currently the number 1 space to grow your personal brand faster than anywhere else online?  With 610+ million professionals now on the platform, this is a fantastic opportunity not to be sniffed at. Most individual LinkedIn profiles appear in search results. If someone searches your name or company in […]

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The solution-focused temp

The solution-focused temp

Securing a forward-thinking and solution-focused temporary assistant is often high on priorities when executives enter the market for a new assistant. So how can you deliver your best self in such a short amount of time? The need for a temp can strike at any moment or may be part of a longer route to […]

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Are you working in a hostile environment?

Are you working in a hostile environment?

Everyone has the right to work in an environment that is based on respect and supports your wellbeing. This is the necessary level of care that every employer offices but, unfortunately, there are a lot of working environments that do not offer this to their employees. Working in, what has been coined ‘ hostile working […]

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How to create an internal Assistant network

During the Virtual Summit October 2017, we had the amazing Simone White, Executive Assistant and Global Chair of GAIN – Administrative Professionals Network at BlackRock train our group of attendees on starting their own internal network for Assistants. Today we are really pleased that we can share the video with you. It is full of useful […]

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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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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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Job descriptions for Personal Assistants - Merited or inherited?

Once upon a time you spotted or were presented with a Job Spec which caught your attention.  You applied for the role and after an interviewing process were offered the coveted position.

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How to negotiate a job title change

How to negotiate a job title change

Negotiating a job title change can be a scary prospect. It can be particularly daunting for those in the administrative sector who feel that they are not taken seriously in their chosen field.

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Mid year reviews

It is that time of year again! I’m afraid mid-year review season is back in town or otherwise know as the time when you have to dust off your objectives from the start of the year and have a look at how you have been getting on for the last 6 months.

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