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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 December 28, 2011 by

Good Careers that Don’t Need Excessive Education

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” – Gloria Steinem

The four-year degree has recently been called in to question due to the large amounts of those with them who can’t find a job. Thousands of recent college graduates are now without work, and are still suffering from the burden of high student loans. Many of those graduates attended college under the pretense that they would be able to obtain a career after graduation.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case anymore.

The once sought after college degree isn’t as important as it once was – especially if it is a liberal arts degree. Employers now want individuals with specific training and actual experience – and usually two year programs do a better job at fitting this bill than 4 year colleges do. Great two year programs that are generally more useful include: (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, 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.