A guide to job hunting

Practically Perfect PA

We don’t need to tell you how competitive the job market is. Increased competition means that your chances of getting a job could hinge on specific and even unexpected details. When you’re looking for a new job it makes sense to have a thorough check of your online profiles to ensure they make you look as professional as possible. Being invited to an interview acknowledges your appropriateness for a job, which should always give you confidence.

The key hard skills to include on your EA CV

Practically Perfect PA

Career Development Featured Job Hunting admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Interviews Job hunting Office manager PA Personal AssistantWe 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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How to adjust your CV depending on the role

Practically Perfect PA

If you are looking for a new role this year, you will most likely have dusted off your CV and started to update it to reflect your current skills and experiences. This is an obvious first step in your job hunt but not where the journey ends for your CV! Career Development Featured Job Hunting admin administrators assistants Career career development CV EA Executive Assistant Job hunting Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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The ultimate CV template for PAs

Practically Perfect PA

I was really impressed with the array of roles and the different skills and qualities needed. Career Development Featured Job Hunting Templates admin administrators assistants Business Career EA Executive Assistant Job hunting Office manager PA Personal AssistantThe other day I was looking at the roles for PAs in London and I must say there are loads of exciting opportunities out there for Assistants.

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Dealing With A Job Loss: Starting the Job Hunt

Simple Productivity Blog

--> Home Get Updates Ebooks Free Stuff Donate About Contact Me Get Free Updates: Via RSS | Via Email | Productivity Simplification Balance Life Design Organization Clutter Dealing With A Job Loss: Starting the Job Hunt Posted on August 27, 2010 by LJ Earnest Welcome to Simple Productivity Blog! While the job market is not great, it pays to take some time and find a good fitting job. Make Sure You Are Employable If your skills are out of date, update them.

Is job hopping the only way up the career ladder for assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

Hi, I’m Nicky Christmas and I am a job hopper. I’ve spent many years cleverly covering up the fact that I spent most of my career hopping from one job to another in an effort to climb the career ladder. Recently, I’ve been reading quite a bit about job hopping and how common it is becoming, particularly for younger people entering the work force. It’s an interesting topic for me because as I said I have always been a job hopper.

2016 177

Is a PA job description worth the paper it is written on?

Practically Perfect PA

During the Future Assistant Conference we touched on the subject of job descriptions, which if truth be told, we talk about a lot at Practically Perfect PA events. Well, firstly pretty much every job comes with a job description, detailing the skills and requirements for […]. It is a topic that never stops being hot.

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How to use your personal brand to get the right job

Practically Perfect PA

Administrative professionals make up a fifth of the working population so although there are plenty of jobs the competition is tough, particularly for the senior assistant roles. There are a number of opportunities to sell your personal brand during the job hunting process. Before you do start the job hunting process do ensure your social media presence reflects your professionalism.

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How to nail a video interview

Practically Perfect PA

No surprise then that the vast majority of employers now use video as part of their interview process, saying it saves a significant amount of time on face-to-face interviews and gives hiring managers a strong understanding of who will fit in a specific role and company culture. Insight can also be gained into the office environment, potential future colleagues and the hiring manager at the very start of the process.

Tips on transitioning your career

Practically Perfect PA

As a PA you know you have the organisational skills to rule the world and actually know your company well enough do half the jobs in the place if push came to shove. A PA is part office manager, part senior project manager and part psychic, all skills that are extremely transferable if you decide you would like steer yourself on to another career path. You know you can do the job and you are offering this company a great employee.

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The future of recruitment for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Hiring will no longer be based on typing speeds and shorthand ability; superb client facing skills, an affinity for tech, genuine flexibility and an ability to work creatively around problems are increasingly coming to the fore. Job Hunting PA Perspective The Assist Conference admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2016 148

Quick, Practical and Dirty – How to Assess Your PA Brand

Practically Perfect PA

My job was to talk about What is your value? – You keep your head down and get on with the job. On a piece of paper (I know I’m being old fashioned) write down 3 headings: Soft skills. Think about what skills people come to you for, what experiences you have that people talk to you about and what areas of expertise people ask you to help them with. See how your list of soft skills is greater than your other 2 lists? Your soft skills are what make you brilliant.

2016 136

The keywords to help you land your next PA role

Practically Perfect PA

With a new year comes a new you and I know that a lot of readers will be looking to find a new job in 2017. Looking through the varies jobs boards for assistants there are plenty of opportunities out there. You then have to cross your fingers in the hope that your CV passes through whatever keyword algorithm they have in place that matches your CV with your potential employer’s job spec. Job boards will often filter candidates by the most relevant first.

2017 142

Interview questions and answers for assistants part 5

Practically Perfect PA

This question is always difficult for assistants to answer because firstly you don’t want to answer in a way that suggests you are using the job as a stepping stone to something better and secondly that you are lacking ambition. I would like to manage a team at some point and lead projects. So ideally I’d like to attend courses or have some time for self-study so that I can learn new skills which will progress my career and benefit the organisation as a whole.”

Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Admins Part 4

Practically Perfect PA

A lot of assistants work with just their manager so it is important to stress that you consider this to be a partnership and in effect you are working together as a team. If the new role requires you to work in a department supporting a number of people the answers should detail the excellent skills you have that will help the team succeed. I did work with a manager a few years ago that I struggled to get on with.

Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators Part 2

Practically Perfect PA

You should refer back to your core PA/EA skills for this one. This question is asking you to demonstrate which skills you call on to resolve problems. Fortunately the police managed to stop the would be terrorists but it did lead to chaos on the transport network. My parent’s couldn’t afford to pay for me so I got a job in a bank and worked 4 days a week to support myself through my studies.

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Gatekeeping: what does it actually mean?

Practically Perfect PA

The term ‘gatekeeper’ is used in association with PAs/ EAs frequently, you will see it in job applications, CVs, articles relating to the industry and everything in between, but what does it actually mean to us? In an attempt to answer this question I first did a quick Google search and was astonished to find a number of websites detailing the skills required for sales people and cold callers to ‘get past the gatekeeper’. Filed under: Career , Skills , Uncategorized.

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators

Practically Perfect PA

After finishing university in 2003 I was lucky because there were plenty of jobs available in London. I decided to leave my previous employee in June 2010 but was job hunting for 6 months and when I did get the role I am in currently I had to complete a detailed application form, attend three interviews and sit two psychometric tests (for language and numerical skills). Why do you want to leave your current job?

Are assistants overqualified?

Practically Perfect PA

I have just spent the last hour looking through jobs that are currently available to assistants. It has been really interesting reading all of the different job descriptions, the skills that are required and the salaries attached to different levels of the role. I remember when I was job hunting. I would get incredibly excited reading the tasks which were outside the core skills and I would imagine all of the challenges this role would provide.

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How Long Should a Job Search Take?

Eat Your Career

It’s not surprising; people who are in the midst of a job search are always anxious. How long should a job search take on average? The general rule of thumb is this: Expect one month of job search for every $10,000 of income you expect to earn. Therefore, if you’re expecting to earn an annual salary of $60,000, you should plan for a 6-month job search. Your job search may take a little longer. You just know you’re still job searching.

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Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If you intend to use your personal account for your life outside of work I would suggest you think about which colleagues to connect with socially because you never know what could get back to senior management. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your manager to see. If you use social media make your manager aware that you have this skill set and can help the company with their social media strategy. This is especially important if you are looking for a new job.

5 Outdated Resume Writing Tips to Ignore Right Now

Dumb Little Man

A free online resume builder may help but you should also watch out for the following tips for writing a resume as they are no longer recommended in today’s job-hunting market. See Also: Resume Action Words That Will Get You That Job. There was a time when people were encouraged to lie on their resume to get a job but this is a big no-no in today’s job market. Talk About Technical Skills Everyone Knows.

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17 Worst Resume Mistakes

Dumb Little Man

Whether you are a college student, a recent graduate or a job seeker, you must have, at least once in your lifetime, written a resume. An average manager will not spend even a minute looking at your resume. If you aren’t confident with your written skills, have a good editor go through your document. If you simply add that you require a job, it is an utter waste of time. Do not include worldly content in your Job Resume. Good luck with the job-hunting!

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4 ways to "manage up"

45 Things

Helpful information and advice from Americas favorite workplace columnist About Anita Blog Books Syndicated Column Interviews Career Links Contact Wednesday, December 16, 2009 4 ways to "manage up" Many people feel "stuck" these days. Heres the column I did for Gannett: You may think that management is a one way street: The boss tells you what to do, and you do it. But how would you feel about managing your boss? Have you had success "managing up"?

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What can assistants expect in 2014?

Practically Perfect PA

Assistants will no longer have to get their manager’s permission to travel to London or other major cities for networking opportunities which can be a major hurdle. Oh and don’t worry I can’t see technology taking jobs away from us any time soon! This is particularly important if job hunting, as most recruiters will now look for an active engagement in your chosen profession. Our managers appreciate us and we feel appreciated by them.

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3 Surprising Tips That Will Transform Your Job Search Approach

Dumb Little Man

Every day, you wake up early, get dressed, make a plan for the day, and hit the job boards only to find yourself falling short of the competition most of the time. Job searches are incredibly stressful. You need to manage your stress, stay healthy, and maintain a high level of productivity as these are the things that can help you land a job faster. Essentially, they can help you manage your attitude. Create a Dream Job.

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So you want to find a new assistant job?

Practically Perfect PA

Is that a lot of jobs for one decade? But I have left a job because it was completely mis-sold (having stuck it out for a year) and another I left because the opportunity to move to Barcelona came along both of which are slightly unusual. Anyway, my point is that I know quite a bit about getting a new job and I’m going to share some of my knowledge with you in this post. When applying for jobs through a website such as LinkedIn, monster.com or secsinthecity.co.uk

2013 164

New Career Rules

Office Dynamics

They are written by Annie Stevens, managing partner of ClearRock.). #1: You have great skills, experience, a good attitude, and look professional; so do they. It is your competitive edge even if you aren't job hunting. #2: This is not just a tool you use for a new job interview. Career Management

2010 116

4 Simple Steps To Landing Your Dream Job

Dumb Little Man

Aaron is a fresh college graduate looking to land his first full-time job. He’s new to the job hunting process and doesn’t know where to begin his search. What can Aaron do to increase his chances of landing a great job? In a recent survey administered to over 500 graduating students for Door of Club’s “College Graduates’ Views on Job Prospects” segment, over 67% of students did not have a job lined up after college.

2018 143

New Career Rules

Office Dynamics

They are written by Annie Stevens, managing partner of ClearRock.). #1: You have great skills, experience, a good attitude, and look professional; so do they. It is your competitive edge even if you aren't job hunting. #2: This is not just a tool you use for a new job interview. Tags: Career Management

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Assistant Certifications: free webinar replay & handout

Office Dynamics

There are some certification programs out there that, unfortunately, don’t teach you how to build partnership with your executive or how to manage your executive’s day; but our programs do. (JB). You might also look for courses that will develop some new administrative and entrepreneurial skills that will expand your contributions to your company and can possibly save them from having to hire another employee to do that work. It is admirable that you have your BS in management.

2015 185

Job Loss - It Can Happen to You!

Office Dynamics

Please see the story below on how one executive admin handled a recent job loss in today’s economy. I will keep you posted on the outcome of my job hunt in these tumultuous times, and again thank you so much for your help. Dear Jasmine & Joan, I wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I was successful in my job search. I finish my job at XYZ Company next Friday and begin with (the new company) the following Monday, no rest for the weary!

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Job Loss - It Can Happen to You!

Office Dynamics

Please see the story below on how one executive admin handled a recent job loss in today’s economy. I will keep you posted on the outcome of my job hunt in these tumultuous times, and again thank you so much for your help. Dear Jasmine & Joan, I wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I was successful in my job search. I finish my job at XYZ Company next Friday and begin with (the new company) the following Monday, no rest for the weary!

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Gift Wrapping an Executive Assistant: How to Package Yourself to Obtain Results!

Office Dynamics

Perhaps you aren’t job hunting, but have an idea you’d like to pitch to management. Differentiate yourself: determine how you can best benefit the company through your ideas, skills and experience. Make sure that your appearance, speech, written communications and phone skills all dovetail seamlessly to enhance (never detract!) from your ideas, skills and experience.

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Gift Wrapping an Executive Assistant: How to Package Yourself to Obtain Results!

Office Dynamics

Perhaps you aren’t job hunting, but have an idea you’d like to pitch to management. Differentiate yourself: determine how you can best benefit the company through your ideas, skills and experience. Make sure that your appearance, speech, written communications and phone skills all dovetail seamlessly to enhance (never detract!) from your ideas, skills and experience.

2010 100

How Veterans Can Find a Job in the Private Sector

45 Things

Joe Kearney retired from the Army after 23 years and has two words of advice for fellow veterans who will be looking for a job in the private sector: "Start early." Kearney, who now works as a project manager for Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson in Plano, Texas, says jobs are out there for veterans, but finding them takes a lot of planning and hard work. You don''t want to call a former member of the military and say, ''Can you get me a job?''

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Tips From Successful Job Seekers

45 Things

I never get tired of hearing how people got a job. Six months later, as the economy grew worse and Woody wasn't getting anywhere with her job-hunting efforts, she had a conversation with her sister. She told me that I needed to act and dress like I had a job, and so the next day I should get up and put on a suit," Woody says. "I The truth was that Woody wasn't really putting a full-time effort into her job hunt, she says.

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Tips for Vets Re-Entering the Civilian Workforce

45 Things

Joe Kearney retired from the Army in May after 23 years and has two words of advice for fellow veterans who will be looking for a job in the private sector: "Start early." Kearney, who now works as a project manager for Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson in Plano, Texas, says jobs are out there for veterans, but finding them takes a lot of planning and hard work. You don''t want to call a former member of the military and say, ''Can you get me a job?''

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How to Spring Clean Your Job Search

45 Things

Read this latest column I did for Gannett/USA Today and see if your job search doesn''t need the same. If you have had a long winter of job searching with no luck, you may need to freshen up your job-hunting strategy, career experts say. Many job seekers make the mistake of looking for jobs instead of focusing on employers, says Miriam Salpeter, career coach at Keppie Careers in Atlanta. Evaluate job descriptions before writing your resume," she says.

2013 68

Networking Key for Vets to Find a Job

45 Things

I just have one question for you today: What have you done to help a vet find a job? And then help one of them find a job. In 2008, when Jessie Canella returned home from Iraq where he had been deployed as a Marine, he wasn't sure how to get a job in the civilian world. So he turned to what he had heard was a place to find lots of jobs: online job boards. While in the barber's chair, Canella confided that he was depressed about his job prospects.

2011 66

10 Tools and Resources to Write the Perfect Resume

Daily Writing Tips

If there are major issues with your resume (like a huge unexplained gap in your work history, or a total mismatch between your listed skills and what an employer wants), you’ll want to fix those problems before trying to format your resume beautifully. 1: “Resume” Category (free), Ask a Manager. I love the blog “Ask a Manager” by Allison Green (though be warned, it’s an easy place to spend a little too much time reading about other people’s weirdly dysfunctional workplaces).

2018 64

When working isn't fun: Ho hum, ho hum, it's off to work I go.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Do you ever get that ho hum feeling about your job and know it is time to consider moving on? After four years at my previous job I knew it was time to go. She felt in her current job she was not being challenged and used to her potential and was thinking about making a change. Job satisfaction is important. There are still jobs to be had, you just have to find them. Nothing to lose The best time to look for a job is when you dont need one.

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What to Do When You've Run Off Into a Career Ditch

45 Things

Rather youre trying to get a job, starting a new career, in mid-career, or thinking about retiring, you can never write the ending to your story. I see job seekers become demoralized when someone asks them, "So, what do you do?" And now there are no jobs and no one wants to hire me." Or, I see people in mid-career who believe in this bad job market they are "stuck" in jobs that cause them to lose sleep and snap at their kids when they get home at night.

2009 40