I thought I would share with you some of the resources I find helpful. There are loads of sites, training providers and magazines out there for Assistants and some are better than others! Over the course of the next few days, I will blog about my favourites. Here are my favourite resources for assistants:
The magazine is published bi-monthly and is full of interesting articles and statistics for assistants. There is always an interview with a high-level assistant talking about their day-to-day role or a piece on a well regarding celebrity and how they work with their PA. The magazine also contains practical advice and reviews. Included in the subscription is a yearly booklet called The Essential Guide which I’ve always found useful as it details lots of new companies and venues. The magazine also runs the Executive PA Magazine Awards with prizes going to PA of the Year, Boss of the Year and Employer of the Year.
Executive Secretary Magazine has been around for quite a while but recently undergone a bit of a makeover. The magazine doesn’t contain any advertising, so it is packed full of articles focussed on training and mentoring assistants. The magazine also features information on marketing, finance, productivity and updates on IT and social networking.
Ole offers a great blog and Ezine for assistants. The blog has information on all sorts of things from career advice to ideas on what to eat for lunch. As they say themselves “Think about it as entertainment, even your boss would love”. The best of the blogs and a little bit more goes into the ezine.
PA Life, formally Executive News, was launched in November 2011 and has just updated the website to include lots of useful content and information for assistants. The focus of the site and magazine is on the day-to-day work life, career development and lifestyle choices of assistants. The articles in the magazine tend to shine a spotlight on industry news, venue information, office tips, as well as fashion advice and career trends.
The Office Professional is a monthly PDF magazine featuring news, information and advice for all administrative professionals. The website is also a valuable resource and has lots of free articles, blogs and a forum for the subscriber and non-subscribers.
pa-assist.com launched in 2000, and the site primarily offers help, information and resources for office professionals. The website is free to register but does contain advertising. Once you have registered, you will receive a regular newsletter via email from ‘Moneypenny’ which provides information on products, services, offers and events for assistants. Pa-assist.com also has a LinkedIn group with over a thousand members and quite recently launched a cashback scheme for assistants called pa-assistcashback.
Also launched in 2000 Desk Demon offers everything you need for office management. There are loads of links to other useful websites, including things like currency conversion and sites that convert word documents to PDF. The website is set up so that is local to the country you live in and it also has lots of blogs and articles on career development and training. The website also has an online magazine called PA Enterprise which is also quite impressive.
Regarding recruitment, I think this is the best website out there for assistants and office professionals. Every single job I have ever had in the city I heard about or was contacted through Secs in the City. It is easy to upload your CV and covering letter, and you can also receive a daily email with new jobs that are specific to what you are looking for. I highly highly recommend this website to any job seekers out there.
This is a handy website for assistants run by a current and former assistant and their dog. It is packed full of interesting blogs and articles, they have a best of blog which outlines all of the valuable content, click here, and they also have a few e-learning modules including a ten week email series that gives 10 of the tips, tools and techniques that they offer inside the training programme. Here is the link.
This is quite similar to PA Assist and Desk Demon; it also pulls together lots of useful resources for assistants. The website also promotes training for Executive PAs and mentoring services.
Assistant Edge pulls together all of the best blogs for office professionals and sends out a daily email with new content. It has some fabulous and exciting blogs, and I find it an excellent read. You can personalise your content and also search the website via some different topics and interests.
Set up by an Executive Assistant the aim of the network is to encourage personal development and meet other like-minded assistants through training sessions and events. The network offers lots of events, master class conferences, online training sessions and webinars.
In my next blog, I will be looking at Trade Associations and networking clubs.
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