After many years of debriefing assistants being fired, I have identified several factors that are responsible for a bad relationship. The best assistants learn the needs of managers, the strengths and weaknesses of managers, triggers of anger and stress and how to live up to the personal style of managers.
A significant increase in stress related to work is the first and most obvious sign that it is time to find a management assistant. As with any new hiring, there is a learning curve with new assistants. For several months, you will spend much of your own limited time training them.
There is a grain of truth in the notion that EA is a gatekeeper, but this description only scratches the surface of the value you can offer. You will need support as you change with the business environment. If you are willing to schedule the time and follow a proven system, you can hire an epic EA that fits your specific culture and requirements.
As a result, executive assistant hiring, as one of the many specialized processes that make up the running of a successful organization, in itself becomes a specialist task that should be given special attention. This is one of those crucial steps along the process which, if done right, will only ever need to be done once; maximum twice.
As a result, a strong attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills and a high degree of discretion are essential to help the manager achieve his goals and make a strong impression on important contacts.
The ability to provide strong administrative support and keep things moving seems to be my niche. An important team member is your backbone in the office, and you are a magician. You manage your calendar, plan meetings, prepare presentations and reports, just to name a few from a long list.
The greatest quality of assistants is their ability to speak and write in a sharp, concise and positive way, creating a good image of the company and the managers they represent. The testing, writing and answering of e-mails is a central task for an assistant.
In order to determine the qualifications of someone who wants to become an EA, I have worked intensively on the topic. As a result, a system was put together based on the patterns of more than 500 new hires that I made and that went hand in hand with recruitment. Below is my personal system for hiring a great executive assistant that I use in my own company and in others to help you hire a great assistant suitable for your specific role and unique culture.
Economic growth is often accompanied by an influx of additional funds, which encourages companies to recruit. Lean USA Today describes senior assistants in Silicon Valley as “power rolls,” and reports that it’s not uncommon for EAs in the Valley to pocket six-figure sums. HR directors often prefer an EA from a nearby Fortune 500 company because of the company’s qualifications.
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