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Posted September 04, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, The Benefits of Getting to Know These Office Assistants on Your Jobs

For recent college graduates with jobs, there are benefits of getting to know these office assistants.  Find out who they are and why you should network with them in the following post.

High-performing professionals know their careers will be defined by the relationships they build. You go to lunches, have a drink at happy hour and meet for coffee. Maybe you’ve even tried an online networking event. These are all great ways to build your professional network. But you may be overlooking one important and powerful person. It’s surprising

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Posted February 20, 2014 by

Hiring or Searching for Recent College Graduate Jobs? What You Should Know About the Modern Workplace

Whether you’re an employer hiring for or a job seeker searching for recent college graduate jobs, it is important to understand what’s is going on in today’s workplace.  The following post includes an infographic that can help employers and job seekers in the working world.

In part due to recent technology advances, and partly a result of the influence of the growing number of Millennials in the workforce, today’s workplace is nothing like professional environments of the past. This infographic from Recruiter.com shows how the face of the workplace is evolving. How will this affect your career? How will your job

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Posted July 09, 2013 by

20 Most Popular Jobs Searched With Mobile Devices

Young businessman in office searching for a job with mobile device

Young businessman in office searching for a job with mobile device. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Which positions are job seekers looking for while on the go?  Find out in the following post, which list the 20 most popular jobs searched on mobile devices. (more…)

Posted April 24, 2013 by

Executive Assistants Earn Average Base of $54,500, Up 5.6% In 2 Years

Amy Kaminski of Compdata Surveys

Amy Kaminski of Compdata Surveys

Today is Administrative Professionals Day so today is the day when managers are supposed to deliver cards, flowers and take their administrative assistants and secretaries to lunch in appreciation for the services they provide.

In addition to the gestures bestowed on this increasingly valuable group of employees, many have also enjoyed increasing salaries over the past year. The Compdata Surveys 2012 BenchmarkPro survey results found: (more…)

Posted April 27, 2012 by

7 Things Administrative Assistants Hate About Their Bosses

Administrative assistants (aka executive assistants, or secretaries if you’re stuck in the Mad Men days) are essential for any successful business to run properly. They epitomize the phrase “in the trenches” because they’re the ones getting their hands dirty by doing all the things that need to be done that no one else can do quickly and efficiently. All the creative planning and brainstorming is great, but it’s the administrative professionals who turn pie-in-the-sky pipe dreams into reality.

But because they’re so reliable and always there, it’s easy to take them for granted. Case in point, if you’re a manager and completely unaware this week is Administrative Professionals Week, you likely fall into the aforementioned category. But even though you should be giving your assistant a gift this week, we thought we’d turn the tables and do something different. (more…)

Posted January 05, 2010 by

How to Become a Personal Assistant

if you’re wondering how to become a personal assistant, there are several things you can do to further your path to a future career.
While most employers don’t require you to obtain a specific certification to become a personal assistant, there are some training courses you can take – such as those offered by ProAssisting – that will better prepare you for the position.
In the long run, however, it seems that who you know and the right timing are the key factors in securing a personal assistant opening. In addition, there are several essential skills you can include on your resume to make you a good candidate.
Here are six steps, as compiled by eHow.com, to becoming a personal assistant:

  1. Know how to save your employer time – It’s a personal assistant’s job to help a busy employer complete their daily tasks, streamline communication and prioritize important responsibilities. Therefore, you should be able to save your employer time by combining obligations into an achievable target.
  2. Have the necessary skills to do the job – You should have current computer skills, good telephone manner, excellent communication style, great problem-solving ability, the ability to manage time effectively and the focus stay organized.
  3. Be efficient in written and oral communication – This is important, because you will be responsible for writing letters, accepting invitations, politely rejecting unsolicited social or business proposals, creating speeches and reports, making agendas and sending reminders for meeting dates.
  4. Network – Personal assistants are often hired because of who they know, so it’s important to establish and maintain a network of people important to your industry. Your network can help you stay on top of business trends, take-overs, new entrepreneurs and competitors. Knowing where to find the services important to your employer also is important.
  5. Be personable – Your employer will be looking for someone they can get along with, so it helps to be observing, charismatic and ambitious, as well as to take initiative.
  6. Be proficient in a foreign language – While this isn’t a necessity, it can help you stand out from other applicants. As personal assistants are often asked to travel with their employers, knowing another language can be a huge asset and advantage.

Once you feel comfortable with the skills you’ve obtained, your network and your attitude, you can start applying and interviewing for personal assistant jobs.