Last year I wrote a blog about how assistants should always try to make a really great first impression. You never know who you will end up working with, or for, so it is important that you take the time to make that first contact memorable for all the right reasons. Saying that, everyone has their off days and you can’t be ‘on’ 24/7. We’ve all made bad first impressions. But it is important, especially in business, to be able to make a bad first impression better! Here are a few tips:
Looking back on my career as an Assistant I can pinpoint a few occasions where I definitely made a great first impression. For example, there was that time I absolutely nailed a first interview and later that day I got the phone call to say the Exec didn’t need to interview anyone else and if I wanted it the job was mine. There was another time I had just started at an organisation and was invited to their awards dinner where I would be sitting on a table with five board level directors. I was a complete nervous wreak but managed to come across as out-going, confident and interesting… sure alcohol did help with that one…
After Jonathan’s fantastic motivational keynote at the Assist Conference I was keen for him to share his knowledge and experience. Here is his take on how unconscious bias can mean you miss out on the best personal and professional relationships.
I was in my early 20’s when I landed my first full time one on one PA role, prior to that I had been working as an account manager. Although the two jobs had very similar elements I must say transitioning from an account manager into a PA role was a difficult process.
Last week on the blog I wrote about how to dress down for work without looking unprofessional, particularly when the company allows for casual Friday. I received feedback that suggested a lot of companies have stopped casual Friday for one reason or another.