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How to set up an ideal week calendar and why it’s a must have

How to set up an ideal week calendar and why it’s a must have

Why am I here? How am I going to get through this? Shouldn’t I be doing something else with my time? Will I ever eat again? These are the questions executives ask themselves while sitting in meetings they don’t need to be in. As the meeting progresses, the inner dialogue continues… How did this happen? […]

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5 Books for Executive Assistants

5 Books for Executive Assistants

If you have been reading the Practically Perfect PA blog for a while, you will know that I often tell Assistants that they have to read EVERYTHING, which includes emails, reports, the intranet, the internet, business guides, your Executive’s magazines and newspapers. Really anything else that you can get your hands on that will develop […]

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Job hunting when you are already employed

Job hunting when you are already employed

It can be a little tricky job hunting when you are already employed, but the research suggests that the most desirable candidates are those that are already in a full-time job. So, how do you go about searching for a new job without jeopardising the one that you already have? Here are our five tips […]

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New resources for Assistants

New resources for Assistants

Over the last few months, you might have noticed that I have been adding some new sections to the Practically Perfect PA website. Haven’t noticed? Don´t worry I know you are busy! So, today, I thought I would let you know what we have going on. Here are our new resources for Assistants. Templates, cheat […]

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Why should an Assistant have a mentor?

Why should an Assistant have a mentor?

Over the last few years, I have often written and spoken about the benefits of having a mentor. The relationship really can bring lots of fantastic benefits for both the mentor and the person receiving their advice. I think I have the conversation quite a lot with Assistants because it is not something that you […]

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5 things to do when starting a new PA role

5 things to do when starting a new PA role

Starting a new Assistant role can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience. We have to form productive working relationships pretty quickly, build rapport, learn new systems and hit the ground running within a few weeks (if we are lucky!). Many organisations that I worked in assumed I knew what I was doing from day one, which […]

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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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What should be in our job specs?

More often than not job descriptions for assistants are sketchy at best leaving us with more questions than answers. What does “and anything else that might be needed” actually mean? What are “ad-hoc duties’? How flexible does an assistant need to be and what does “juggling multiple priorities” really involve? Along with these generic phrases […]

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