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Feeling undervalued and how to make a change

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Feeling undervalued and how to make a change One of the many challenges that I often hear from Assistants is that their Executives and the wider organisation does not understand the role and the work that Assistants undertake.

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How assistants can learn to improve business processes

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How Assistants can learn to improve business processes In this post, we will look at how Assistants can learn to improve business processes. Have you ever taken time to analyse your business processes, or do you just ‘do’ them without thinking? Do you ever notice any of your teams’ processes [.].

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Finding opportunities to grow in your Assistant role

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Finding opportunities to grow in your Assistant role Finding opportunities to grow in your Assistant role takes initiative - you have to work in a culture where initiative and proactivity are recognised and rewarded. You have to have the confidence and drive to see it through, and you need some [.].

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Improving decision-making for Assistants

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Improving decision-making for Assistants Many Assistants are worried about making decisions because they are worried they will make the wrong one. We have talked about how important it is for Assistants to have space for making mistakes. That is very important.

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Communicating your priorities better with the ‘rule of five’

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Communicating your priorities better with the ‘rule of five’ One of my go-to tools for prioritising and managing my to-do list is Trello. I use the collaboration tool to manage all of my tasks and projects, and I love how easy it easy to collaborate on projects with the other members of the [.].

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Is your Executive a poor communicator?

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Is your Executive a poor communicator? In a recent survey conducted in the UK, Hays recruitment found 43% of those surveyed said leaders needed to improve their communication skills.

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Career transitions for Executive Assistants

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Career transitions for Executive Assistants Being an Assistant isn't for everyone. I mean, let's face it, the job has its challenges, and I think you have to love the role to succeed in it genuinely. If you think of the position as a stepping stone to something else or a job [.].

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Understanding your personality and communication preferences

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Understanding your personality and communication preferences Understanding your Executive's personality, behaviours and communication preferences are crucial to building an effective relationship and partnership.

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Powerful words to use in your Assistant CV

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Powerful words to use in your Assistant CV The competition for Executive and Personal Assistant jobs is fierce. Now more than ever. That is why it is important to make your CV (or resume) stand out from the crowd. To do that, you have to make your CV come to [.].

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The organised Assistant

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The role of the Assistant these days is pretty diverse; one day you will be assisting one Executive with personal tasks, the next you may be making business travel arrangements for a different person, managing a project, working on a big event or hiring a new Administrative team.

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What support do you need from your Executive to work in partnership?

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What support do you need from your Executive to work in partnership? What support do you need from your Executive to work in partnership? This will ultimately be something that is personal to you but I wanted to share what I thought were 10 expectations that Assistants should have from [.].

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What is the right platform for your virtual event?

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What is the right platform for your virtual event? As Assistants, we organise a wide variety of events. From small office parties and get-togethers to the annual sales conference, events have and will always be part of our role. As many Assistants have found out over the last year, the [.].

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Completing your Assistant performance review in uncertain times

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Completing your Assistant performance review in uncertain times It is that time of year again, performance review season. Except the world has completely changed this year. Completing your Assistant performance review in uncertain times is going to be different.

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Where do Assistants draw the line? Setting boundaries for Assistants

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Where do you draw the line? Setting boundaries for Assistants Let's start with a question. Would you say that you are good at setting boundaries? Here is an even more important question - are you good at setting boundaries, and are you good at sticking to them? Assistants need to [.].

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Staying in the loop with your Executive while working from home

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How to stay visible and in the loop with your Executive while working from home We are living in strange times. I know many of you will be working from home, trying to juggle your home life and your work life more than ever - while not leaving your home [.].

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Anticipating needs and other mind reading tricks

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Anticipating needs and other mind reading tricks Over the last few years, I have written a lot about creating a successful Executive and EA partnership. It is the key relationship for Assistants and the one part of the role that you have to get right. Without [.].

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Common challenges faced by Assistants

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Common challenges faced by Assistants Working as an Executive or Personal Assistant is a complex and often misunderstood role. Assistants take on a lot and often go unrewarded and unrecognised for their efforts. It isn’t an easy gig, that is for sure. There are a lot of common [.].

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How automation can help Assistants

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How automation can help Assistants When you’re an Assistant and wearing lots of hats, juggling different tasks, clients and struggling with an overflowing to-do list it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Being organised is key, and using technology makes it much easier to keep on top of things.

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Tips on good minute taking

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As we all know writing minutes is an essential skill for Assistants and this ultimate guide to effective minute-taking we will break-down everything Assistants need to know to create minutes that will be read and actioned.

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The ultimate tech guide for Personal and Executive Assistants

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Most of us that have been working in the PA industry for a while now will have heard of the phrase ‘the tech-savvy assistant’. It might have cropped up on your job specs and been discussed during your most recent job interview. It is so important for Assistants to have a good grasp of [.].

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How to transition out of your role

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So, you are thinking about heading into the unknown and need some tips on how to transition out of your role Whether you are changing your career or going into business for yourself, this is a big deal. You are amazing for deciding to follow through with your dream! Well done! The idea didn’t [.].

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SMART objectives for Executive Assistants

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SMART objectives for Executive Assistants are so crucial because, without them, Assistants can be at such a disadvantage. They can be taken for granted, they can be mismanaged, and they can be left without a clue as to what exactly is expected of them in the role.

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Developing a growth mindset

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Developing a growth mindset Developing a Growth Mindset doesn’t have to be complicated, even in the midst of a global health crisis. Let’s be real for a moment… and put things into perspective. Do you honestly believe that you’ll never progress or accomplish anything new in your career or life? [.].

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Advanced skills for C-suite Executive Assistants

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Working alongside every successful Executive is an incredibly smart, switched-on and highly skilled Executive Assistant. There are many advanced skills that Assistants, who work in the C-suite, need to be successful in the role. We cover a lot of those skills on this website.

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Performance Reviews for Assistants

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One area that seems to change notably from job to job is remuneration and performance reviews for Assistants. In my first full-time job, I had quarterly performance reviews with my manager, half-yearly appraisals and at the end of every year a full review and 360° feedback with my team.

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Getting the basics right: Personal and Executive Assistant Key Tasks

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There are a lot of critical responsibilities for Assistants. During the day, Assistants have to do so many different things, so their skills and tasks are incredibly varied. For new Assistants, it is hard to know where to start. Getting the basics right: Personal and Executive Assistant Key Tasks.

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Accelerating your Assistant career path and progression

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There are so many events, webinars, publications, blogs out there that talk about accelerating your Assistant career path and progression. Career success comes in many shapes and forms and, let’s face it, is an entirely personal definition.

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The US and China have announced a preliminary trade agreement.

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This agreement is a way for renters to keep rent paid, even when they arent currently dwelling in the rental unit. This is due to the fact that the tenant adds on an extra tenant. When this happens, the original tenant becomes the sublessor, and this new renter becomes the sublessee.

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Multiyear contracting, like most things in life, has advantages and disadvantages. Some of the potential benefits are:23 Another course of action for an agency with fiscal year money to cover possible needs beyond that fiscal year is an indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract.

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Be sure any and all such requirements are put into the agreement.

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Here are a key things to consider when creating your own team working agreement. The most important part of creating a working agreement is that it must be done by the entire team. If youre a decision maker or influencer on your team, this is easy to do.

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Respect work pay agreement sample in pdf from?

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Facing disagreements as they come up/never going to bed angry/coming clean and being honest about emotional responses to each other All relationship agreements should include all means that will be used in conflict resolutions. In recent years couples used to go courts to resolve disagreements.

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When it comes to conducting business, agreements can change over time.

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Primary Person Responsible for Administering the Contract Name: Miguel Mejias Title: Marketing Rep Florida Region Street Address: 5725 Adamo Dr City, State, Zip: Tampa, Fl. 33619Email Address: miguel.mejias@hercrentals.com Arbitration shall be subject to the U.S.

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Effective Calendar Management for Executive Assistants

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Effective calendar management for Executive Assistants is a hugely important aspect of th role. Assistants spend at the very least a third of their day organising their Executive’s schedule. Juggling our Executive’s time is a complex operation.

Feel like an imposter?

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Feel like an imposter? In the world of Assistants, where you are so often stepping in for someone else, imposter feelings can be rife and the source of real stress. If you feel like an imposter, to understand how to feel better you need to first [.].

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Completing your Assistant performance review in 2020

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Completing your Assistant performance review in 2020 It is that time of year again, performance review season. Accept the world has completely changed this year. Completing your Assistant performance review in 2020 is going to be different. Many of you are working from home juggling work and the challenges of [.].

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When was the last time you spruced up your LinkedIn profile?

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This is a guest post from Jenna Potter, the Social Media & Content Executive at CHS Group. Jenna sends out a Weekly Roundup email series where she selects her favourite 4+ resources every week that help PAs, EAs and VAs advance their career and life. Get it sent to your inbox here.

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How Assistants can keep up in a fast-paced working environment

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In a recent survey we conducted with the Practically Perfect PA readers we found that many Assistants struggle with the huge amount of work they have to get through in a day. The fast-paced environment, the never-ending deadlines and demands on their time seems to have become the norm.

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The Assistant growth mindset

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How do you feel when someone gives you feedback at work? Are you open to feedback, or do you feel defensive? What happens when you have challenges at work? Do you face them head-on, or do you avoid the situation? As Assistants, we often come up against misconceptions about the role.

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Thinking about taking your events online?

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We know that many Assistants are heavily involved in organising events.

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Tapping into the power of influence

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It often feels like hierarchy and influence go hand in hand, but the capacity to influence others isn’t exclusively linked to stature and job titles. As an assistant, it may sometimes feel either uncomfortable or even impossible to influence others in the workplace, but it’s not necessarily the case.

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Working Remotely – How to Keep Balance and Productivity

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Many of you are reading this from the comfort of your home office. At first, this may sound like heaven on earth (a lot of people think they want to work from home). The reality will settle in quickly (if it hasn’t already).

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Tips and Techniques for Assistants – Amanda Johnson

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Our Tips and Techniques for Assistants video series focus on seasoned Assistant’s advice for success in the role. Each Assistant has a tremendous amount of knowledge to share with you, and we are proud to introduce their videos to you each week.

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The four things you need to do to impress your boss in 2020

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A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. So this year, why not make your resolution to impress your boss – and reap the rewards that follow! Here are some top tips on how to make a positive impression in 2020 when planning a meeting.

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