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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Over the years we have written a lot about performance reviews, objectives and goal setting for Assistants, you can read all of our articles on appraisals here. Today, we are going to look at how to create SMART objectives for Executive Assistants or Personal Assistants.
I must admit I’m not a big fan of this time of year or as I like to call it ‘performance review season’. For an assistant most of the next few weeks are filled organising meetings for our manager and their direct reports to review the last year. Somewhere in that list of meetings we normally […]
How do assistants get promoted? Before we start, here is a brief history of my career to date – After University I landed my first job as a Team Administrator at Deloitte, after a year and a half I left to join the Institute of Chartered Accountants where again I worked as an Administrator and […]