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Time to quit your job? Here's when you know you got to go!

Time to quit your job? Here's when you know you got to go!

Are you thinking about quitting your job but you don’t know if you are doing it for the right reasons? It is a tough decision to leave any job. You have security, a regular pay-check and of course, once you had your notice in, you can rarely change your mind. So when you do quit, […]

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Preparing for an Assistant video interview

Preparing for an Assistant video interview

The vast majority of recruitment agencies and employers now use video as part of their interview process, because it saves time and money on the early stages of the interview process. In our recent interview with Hayley Lawrence, PA for the Regional General Manager on Necker Island, she told us that she had to submit […]

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How to clean up your online presence before starting a job search

Following Jennifer Corcoran’s fantastic LinkedIn session at the Virtual Summit a few weeks ago I thought I’d follow up with a post on how you can clean up your online presence before starting a job search. Social media has been part of our lives for over a decade now, and we all have a lot […]

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The key skills to include on your EA CV

The key hard skills to include on your EA CV

We all know that it is getting more challenging to get your CV past the recruitment algorithms that are employed to filter applications and we also know that in a crowded market we need our CV to stand out. My advice has always been to tailor your CV depending on the role, which you should […]

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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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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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