Having a PA, either in a corporate setting or in your private household, can make an enormous difference to your productivity levels and the overall running of your business or household. Some people are not aware of the extent of the tasks that PA’s can do, and how they could be applicable to any corporate or home situation.
Who Could Employ a Personal Assistant?
Firstly, let’s have a look at where PA’s could be needed. People mostly assume that Personal Assistants are for the corporate sector – whether this is working directly for a manager or CEO, or working within a team of assistants and administrators.
However, is it becoming increasingly normal for a busy household to hire a Personal Assistant. You do not have to own a large estate or palace – even small, but busy, hardworking families are turning to the help of a Personal Assistant, either on a part time or full time basis.
‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.‘ Forest Gump
Indeed Forest was right, life can be varied and exciting, and the difference in people means no two are the same. Human beings are, well….human. Unlike a robot or machine, we don’t follow prescribed patterns. Yet humans are creatures of habit, and during the recruitment process, it’s possible to easily identify ‘red flags’, as the industry calls them.
How do you develop this ‘red flag’ odometer? Well, that’s an industry secret. But if you’re looking to know how to find a good personal assistant, then we can tell you the 10 key qualities that a good personal assistant should have, and should demonstrate in an interview and trial period, to ensure you end up with the right person for the right job.
In today’s job market, there are thousands of PAs and EAs. They serve as the gateway to their principal, office, CEO, surgeon or business person they assist.
Although there are qualifications in personal assisting, many candidates don’t have formal qualifications, instead, building their experience as they move from position to position. So when you start to look for a new personal assistant, what should you be looking for in order to get a great personal assistant on the first hire? Read on to learn how to find a personal assistant in four easy steps.
Hiring a new PA for your office or family is an exciting process, but can often be a tiring one too. Firstly, to find the right candidate that would deem to be suitable for the role, then to go through the process of reading, selecting and rejecting CVs, spending a lot of valuable time interviewing people, and finally, making sure to ask the right questions for referees.
Why Check References?
A mistake that many people make when selecting a new PA, is not completing a full recruitment process. It can feel natural to offer someone the job who has a great CV, excellent educational background and where the connection felt ‘right’. However, to get a complete idea of the candidate, reference checking is crucial.
Firstly, let’s talk a little bit about the different types of references and what to expect.
With the rise of modern smart phones and tablets, we are continually connected to our work and family. There is a positive side to this, such as a mother being able to connect with her son who is travelling the world on his gap year, yet the negative side of this easy connectivity means that even when we leave the office, our work life stays with us in our pockets. So unless you make the effort to disconnect, you’ll always be connected.
With the loss of snail mail (old fashioned paper post), emails gave rise to a boom of communication. Emails can be sent with a few words (or just a picture), and spam or junk has become a serious inbox management issue. Emails are sent within seconds and if a reply isn’t within the hour (or indeed within the minute), relationships can be frayed and business deals can be lost.
But how do you stay on top of your inbox management without losing sight of what is important – your family, your lifestyle, your targets or your drive towards new ideas and innovation? Hire a personal assistant and use these handy tips to get your inbox to zero so you can boost your productivity.
A renowned Medical Doctor once complained how hard it was to find a good medical secretary. Furthermore, he struggled to hire a personal assistant to manage his diary, events and daily affairs. It was interesting that he found it challenging to find a good PA to handle his admin. Was it that what he was looking for didn’t exist, or was it that he wasn’t looking in the right place?
Clients from around the world will often start a search to hire a personal assistant, but it is very important that they are looking in the right places for the right kind of PA.
Hiring a personal assistant for yourself or your family can be a difficult decision. For private families, a PA who has worked in purely corporate settings might not be comfortable or experienced with dealing with the demands of a private family. So if you’re looking to hire a personal assistant, the choice and selection of candidates should be carefully examined.
There is a wide range of personal assistants looking for new opportunities with private clients. Here we outline the range and types of PAs and the expected qualifications they might hold, so you can hire a personal assistant that’s right for you or your family.
Life is busy. The more hours we work, the more hours we lose for doing personal administration and other important life tasks. Regardless of the lifestyle you lead, more and more people are looking to hire a part time personal assistant to help ease their admin and workload. But what are the benefits of hiring a part time personal assistant? Do you need to be a multi-millionaire to afford one? What gains will you see?
Here is our guide and industry secrets in hiring an incredible part time personal assistant and how it will change your life!