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. The right answer is often relatively short, and brevity is an impressive skill in itself.

The key hard skills to include on your EA CV

Practically Perfect PA

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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!

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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 Assistant

2017 219

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!

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. Applying for jobs outside of the PA role.

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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 […].

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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.

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How to nail a video interview

Practically Perfect PA

For PAs and EAs in particular, where success in the role is just as much down to personality and “fit” as it is to hard skills, video as an interview tool makes a lot of sense. According to tech giant Cisco, 80% of all internet traffic will be video by 2019.

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. 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.

2016 193

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. Job boards will often filter candidates by the most relevant first.

2017 187

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. See how your list of soft skills is greater than your other 2 lists?

2016 179

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.

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

Practically Perfect PA

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. Following on from Monday’s blog here are another five interview question and answers specifically for assistants.

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? Filed under: Career , Skills , Uncategorized.

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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. 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. It was hard work but I learnt a lot and had a great job on my CV as soon as I finished my degree”.

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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?

How to Cope With a Job Interview Rejection: Learning From Mistakes

Dumb Little Man

Job hunting can be a grueling and demoralizing experience. The troubled job market worldwide has created an overabundance of qualified candidates, many competing for the same job.

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Preparing for the Interview

Laughing all the Way to Work

I had an interview at 11, but I was busy with my job, my father was in the hospital and I was trying to arrange an engagement party for my daughter. It ended up I did get the job. They mustn't have noticed my grey roots or wrinkled suit, or I completely wowed them with my skills and humour, but this definitely was not the way to go to an interview! One thing we tend to forget when we go for an interview is that the company has to sell you on the job as well.

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A Career Portfolio Brings Value To Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

A stellar career portfolio captures your progressing skill levels, professional recognition, career enhancements, development activities, and impressive accomplishments.

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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.

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Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Twitter is great for networking and hearing from other assistants, LinkedIn is great for professional development and job hunting, Facebook is useful for interesting articles and receiving updates from relevant companies. This is especially important if you are looking for a new 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.

2015 269

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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How to Stand Out When Applying for a Job in Australia

Small Business CEO

But similar to many other countries in the world, finding a job in Australia can still be challenging for many individuals. … Economy & Environment Australia jobs career work in Australia

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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. 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. Specifically, if you include the fact that you need a job as an objective statement, then it is certainly not so unique. Reasons why you left your previous 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. Good luck with your job hunt!

2013 216

5 Tips On How To Land The Best Jobs For Introverts

Dumb Little Man

If you become uneasy or anxious when you are around others, then landing a dream job may seem limited. There are diverse jobs that have been created to match the characteristics of this personality. With a new perspective and by looking in the right places, it’s still possible for you to land one of the best jobs for introverts and enjoy a successful career. Not every job is based on teamwork and networking with others. Change your search to jobs for introverts.

2017 154

Beginning Your Job Search? Start By Building Your Brand

Office Dynamics

Maintaining and building your online persona is a part of the new job search. Building your personal brand is crucial to standing out from the crowd when job hunting. Social media is the engine that your job search will run on. The post Beginning Your Job Search?

2015 220

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. Here are a few simple ways to hack your mind as well as the best job search tips worth giving a try. Create a Dream Job.

2017 159

How To Make A Successful And Hassle-Free Career Change

Dumb Little Man

Some of the most common jobs people have during their early years may feel like a “dead end” but it doesn’t have to be the same for you. Take a close look at your current job. Decide how satisfied you are and what type of job you really want. Think about what parts of your current job you really like and dislike. It can be due to the work culture or the job itself. You should never let yourself feel “stuck” in the job you’re currently working in.

2018 142

What I Learned From Reading 1,000 Resumes

Dumb Little Man

In fact, it wouldn’t be uncommon to get 500 resumes within 48 hours for ONE job position. Let’s say the job was for an administrative assistant. Sometimes, I really wonder if people just send out resumes to every job posting in hopes for a callback.

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Navigating The Job Market Before Earning Your Degree

Dumb Little Man

It’s no secret that the job market comes with a rigorous map to navigate. To put this into perspective, in 2017, 53% of newly graduates are underemployed and having a tough time finding the right job. The job is yours. jobs on average.

2019 151

Tips for Getting that First Job

Ian's Messy Desk

It’s one of the most common Catch-22s of the employment world: you’re out of school and looking for a job, but you need experience to get one. But, if you don’t have a job, how do you gain experience? Volunteer : Volunteering is a good way to develop skills and gain experience that will interest employers. Practice for Interviews : Like almost everything in life, job interviews get easier the more you practice them.

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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 141

Love Your Career: Demonstrating Your Worth & Selling Yourself

Office Dynamics

you probably think you can just rest on your laurels and continue to do a good job. With organizations working meaner and leaner, every employee must consider that they are working every day to keep their job. The Career Portfolio is NOT about job hunting.

2013 159

OfficeTeam Reveals Mistakes That Could Derail Your Job Search

Office Dynamics

Are you in a New Year, new job scenario? Job-hunting tactics that worked even a few years ago may appear passé, while using fresh strategies can help professionals stand out among a large applicant pool. “It’s It’s easy to get stuck in a rut during the job hunt,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “If If certain tactics aren’t working, job seekers need to switch gears and try new ideas.”. Network solely when you’re looking for a job.

What can assistants expect in 2014?

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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New Career Rules

Office Dynamics

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. Whether you are an executive assistant, administrative assistant, administrator or one of the other 20 titles in the administrative profession, there are new career rules.

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New Career Rules

Office Dynamics

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. Whether you are an executive assistant, administrative assistant, administrator or one of the other 20 titles in the administrative profession, there are new career rules.

2010 100

8 Ways to Avoid Job Scams

45 Things

Sometime during your career, you may try working from home and take on independent gigs even if you have a stable job. to "trying out" a new skill such as writing or graphic design. Before you fall into any of these traps, here's what you need to know about work-from-home jobs: 1.

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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 says she learned of the job through a former colleague on Facebook.

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