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Are you outgrowing your PA role?

Are you outgrowing your PA role?

I think we’ve all been there. You’ve been working in your role for a few years, you know everything there is to know about the job and you’re settled into a fairly easy routine that doesn’t come with too much pressure. Life is good right? Well, yes, it sounds like it. But then comes the […]

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Why personal development is your own responsibility

Why personal development is your own responsibility

That “back to school” feeling affects us all, even if we have left our school days far behind. There is definitely an air of a new start, a fresh approach to work and the motivation for self-improvement every September. It’s that time of the year when we see the full time and adult education terms […]

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Is running your own VA business the new career progression for PAs?

Is running your own VA business the new career progression for PAs?

The roles of Personal and Executive Assistants are changing. For many, that means increased responsibility and a role that’s evolved from the traditional one they first stepped into. Many EAs and PAs are therefore looking for viable alternatives, where they can be more in control of their working patterns and tasks – and running their […]

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How to nail a video interview

How to nail a video interview

According to tech giant Cisco, 80% of all internet traffic will be video by 2019. No surprise then that the vast majority of employers now use video as part of their interview process, saying it saves a significant amount of time on face-to-face interviews and gives hiring managers a strong understanding of who will fit […]

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The benefits of working abroad for Assistants

As many of you will know, I moved to Barcelona a few years ago to work as an assistant and marketing manager for Gallus Events. I must say, looking back, I was pretty brave. Moving to a new country where I didn’t know the language or many people. At the time I had a great […]

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25 ways to get noticed on LinkedIn

25 ways to get noticed on LinkedIn

Congratulations! You have an ‘All Star’ LinkedIn profile. You must be doing something right. Before you become too complacent, please ask yourself the following questions. Am I really leveraging LinkedIn to its full effect? Am I using LinkedIn strategically to grow my Personal Brand?

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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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