Top Skills Every Assistant Needs to Succeed

Practically Perfect PA

Top skills every Assistant needs to succeed How do you stay on top of the many and different responsibilities that an Assistant must perform, as well as the required abilities?

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Power Skills for Administrative Assistants?

Office Dynamics

Soft skills are now being referred to as power skills. In recent articles and blogs from reputable sources in the training and the administrative industries, soft skills are being touted as power skills. News Flash!

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5 Must-Have Skills for Progressive Assistants

Office Dynamics

You have the fundamentals down pat and even demonstrate advanced skill sets. What might be missing from your bag of skills? You are a top-performing, high-achieving assistant who has accomplished much. So where do you go from here?

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Top 5 Timeless Skills for Assistants

Office Dynamics

Your ability to thrive and navigate through the uncertainties thrown your way will require a particular skill set – timeless skills. In 2020, assistants faced an array of challenges in the workplace. This year has already shown to be just as challenging.

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Top 4 Timeless Skills for Assistants

Office Dynamics

While staying abreast of the latest tools of the profession is important, it takes a particular skill-set to navigate through the uncertainties thrown our way – timeless skills. When I started… Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Interpersonal Skills Self Development

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Time Management Self-Assessment: Rate Your Skills!

Eat Your Career

Recently, I wanted to assess my own skills in this area, so I did a personal inventory. I thought I’d recreate that for you as a self-assessment tool, so you can take stock of your skills in this area as well. But time management is a skill that requires practice and patience.

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What are interpersonal skills?

Practically Perfect PA

‘Must have good interpersonal skills’ is a phrase that you will often see on job descriptions for Assistants, but what does that mean? What are interpersonal skills and why are they so crucial for Assistants? Interpersonal skills, or soft skills or people skills are the same thing. They are the skills you need to interact […].

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How to Master the Necessary Skill of Professional Detachment?

Eat Your Career

Learning how to develop healthy professional detachment is an essential skill for long-term career fulfillment. Professional Detachment is a Necessary Skill. Learning how to detach from work is a fundamental skill you must learn—or eventually, you will pay the consequences.

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Advanced skills for C-suite Executive Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

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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Core soft skill: Resilience

Practically Perfect PA

Today I am going to start a new one – Core Skills. I’m not just going to write about which skills we need I am also going to look at how these skills are linked to the role specifically. I was used to answering the standard interview questions about soft skills but I hadn’t really delved very deeply into the practical aspects of that skill and how it made me stand out as a better candidate and Executive Assistant.

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Key skills roundup for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I hope you enjoy our key skills roundup for 2018. We focussed really heavily this year on increasing our content around the key skills Assistants need to develop in their role this year. We covered a lot of skills including minute taking, event management, organising business travel, project management and everything in between! Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

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5 ways to improve your leadership skills

Practically Perfect PA

Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants Career EA EA Skills Executive Assistant Leadership Office manager PA PA Skills Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantThere are now quite a few of us in the Assistant world running around shouting that you, lovely Assistant, are a leader within your organisation! You may not manage a team, but you do work in a management role.

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Key skills round-up 2019

Practically Perfect PA

I hope you enjoy our key skills round-up 2019. We focused really heavily this year on increasing our content around the key skills Assistants need to develop in their role this year.

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How to Master the Necessary Skill of Professional Detachment

Eat Your Career

Learning how to develop healthy professional detachment is an essential skill for long-term career fulfillment. Professional Detachment is a Necessary Skill. Learning how to detach from work is a fundamental skill you must learn—or eventually, you will pay the consequences. .

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7 Notable Accounting Skills

Small Business CEO

They possess a vast array of skills. Check out this list of seven notable accounting skills. … The post 7 Notable Accounting Skills appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO. Finance accounting accounting skillsAccountants are highly trained workers.

Future-Proof Your Career by Developing Project Management Skills

Eat Your Career

If you want to put yourself in the best possible position for the future, Project Management is one of the most important skills you can learn. You’ll have the skills you need to tackle even the largest, most complex projects. Interested in Upgrading Your Project Management Skills?

10 skills needed to be a fantastic office manager

Practically Perfect PA

The roles are similar, and there are a lot of overlapping skills. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant office management Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantThere are so many Assistants who are also working as an Office Manager and a lot of Office Managers who are also Assistants! However, Office Managers do have to take on some tasks that are high-level and move the business forward. Many Office […].

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Core soft skills: Diplomacy

Practically Perfect PA

Next up in our series of blog posts on core soft skills I am going to look at diplomacy and tact for assistants. Assistants have to possess a number of soft or interpersonal skills. It is a skill that allows assistants to find common ground with every person at every level of business. But, let’s face it, diplomacy and tact are not easy skills to master – the world would be a much better place if everyone was diplomatic!

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9 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Organization skills for administrative assistants are one of the most valuable skills to have as an administrative assistant. Fortunately, there are at least 9 ways to improve your organization skills as an administrative assistant without too much effort on your part. Organizational skills for administrative assistants are crucial to the success of any business. These 9 ways can help you improve your organization skills in practical and workable ways.

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Telephone Screening and Etiquette Skills for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Top-notch telephone screening and etiquette skills are paramount regardless of industry, company size, or geographic location. Necessary telephone skills for assistants include how to answer the phone, take accurate messages, carefully screen calls, protect corporate and personal information, seamlessly transfer callers, use a polite and proper tone of voice, and know-how to tactfully handle difficult callers. Communication Skills Etiquette Telephone

Could Hiring “Hidden Workers” Solve Your Skills Shortage?

Allwork

Refreshing job descriptions and applying “affirmative” logic to the hiring workflow can help companies attract hidden skilled workers. 44% of middle-skill hidden workers reported that finding work was just as hard pre-Covid-19 as it was during the research’s 2020 survey period.

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6 Communication Skills That Will Make You a Better Leader

Success

Whether you manage employees, coordinate a team of volunteers, serve on a board or are in charge of juggling your family’s schedule every day, your leadership skills hinge on your ability to communicate effectively with others. Each of these communication skills represents an ongoing practice.

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Want to be a Better Leader? Improve Your Technical Skills

Jen Lawrence

However, it’s important to pause and consider how learning to do something, especially technical skills, can better your business and you as a person. . Here are the top three reasons to continue technical skills development.

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Here Are 5 Benefits Virtual Reality Brings To Soft Skills Training

Allwork

More and more organizations are implementing or planning to implement a VR training program for soft skills. . According to Patrick Manglano of Roundtable Learning, there are five top 5 benefits that VR brings to soft skill learning. .

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The Skill Every Assistant Needs

Office Dynamics

The must-have skill for executive and administrative assistants at all levels going into this conceptual age? For decades, big organizations that have benefited from analytical and functional left-brain aptitudes are now finding themselves in need of softer, right-brain skills. Actually, I have been teaching administrative and executive assistants the skill of exercising their creativity for two decades. The shift into a new age.

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Core Administrative Skills Always Need Improving

Office Dynamics

Now I am going to surprise you by telling you one of the most awesome administrative skills you can work on is being brilliant at the basics. Basics include: travel planning, appointment coordination, meeting preparation, all facets of communication, organizational skills, and time and project management. As your days are getting busier and you are taking on more projects and assignments, you need these skills more than ever. Designed by Freepik.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills

Office Dynamics

Organization skills is the one thing most successful business owners have in common. Fortunately, there are at least 9 ways to improve your organization skills without too much effort on your part. Organization skills are crucial for the success of any business. These 9 ways can help you improve your organization skills in practical and workable ways. Share some of your organization skills, tips and tricks in the comments below.

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What Highly Skilled Independent Workers Want

Small Business Labs

  Like PWC's Talent Exchange and Deloitte's Open Talent Community , the goal of GigNow is to help EY find and engage skilled independent workers - both for EY's internal use and for use on client projects. They recently released a short video (below) that we think nicely captures 3 key things highly skilled independent workers are looking for in terms of assignments. The opportunity the learn and build skills.

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How to List Skills Gained Outside of Work on Your Resume

Eat Your Career

It’s meant to show a prospective employer that you have all the skills required to do the job for which you are applying, and that you’ve used those skills before in a professional capacity. But what if you’re applying for a position that requires skills you didn’t gain through your past professional experience, but rather, skills you gained outside of work? Can you include those skills on a resume, and if so, how? Job Search job search resume skills

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4 Success Skills for Budding Entrepreneurs

Small Business CEO

If you’ve been dreaming of owning your own business, bringing an idea to market, or launching a whole new industry—5 specific skills will help you achieve your goals. They have inspiring goals that keep them up at night, ready for the opportunity, and constantly building their skills.

Unemployed? Transferable Skills are the Answer

On The Job

In the coming weeks and months you're going to hear a lot about "transferable skills." Transferable skills are those abilities that you can use in a variety of jobs: communication, organization and teamwork.

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Skills required to be a good minute taker

Practically Perfect PA

Not everyone can be a good minute taker – it’s a definite skill and quite often an art, hence the name of my course, The Art of Minute Taking. There are definite skills required to be a good minute taker and I’ve listed some of them below: Listening. Without a doubt not only is it a skill to take minutes at the meeting, but the real work comes in being able to wordsmith a draft set of notes into an exceptionally good piece of writing.

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Test your listening skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Here’s a simple drill to test your listening skills. Back to Basics: Seven Types of Listeners and Tips for Better Listening Skills. You just finished reading Test your listening skills ! Recommended: Evernote Essentials The post Test your listening skills appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Close your eyes. Count slowly to 50. Don’t let another thought enter your mind.

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Executive and Administrative Assistant Skills That Are Important to Executives

Office Dynamics

While administrative and executive assistants have a very good feel for the skills they need to do their job effectively, I like to hear from executives and get their perspective, which is important. I often survey managers and high-level executives on the skills, attitudes and behaviors that are most important for an assistant to possess. Here are some non-edited, direct quotes from them demonstrating the skills that are important to executives.

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The Rise of Highly Skilled UK Freelancers

Small Business Labs

  It also focuses on what they refer to as "highly skilled freelancers" These are the self-employed working in managerial, professional and technical occupations. Much of the recent growth has been driven by the expansion of the highly skilled freelance sector. independent workers providing services to businesses, which is a similar group to IPSE's skilled freelancers, have also been growing rapidly.

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The Most Common Professions of Skilled Freelancers Working for Businesses

Small Business Labs

As the study chart below shows, the top three professions for these skilled independent workers are consulting, coaching, and research (17 percent), creative services (17 percent), and information technology (12 percent).   Since this data is based on a survey of independent workers who provide services to businesses, the list is dominated by highly skilled knowledge work categories. 

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Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

Do you ever find yourself asking “Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace? The effort you make perfecting your grammar and writing skills will pay off in increased influence among those who do care. The post Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace appeared first on Office Dynamics. Why home in (or is it hone in?) on the technicalities? Who notices? Who cares? Those who care about productivity, for one.

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In Demand Job Skills

Small Business Labs

But what I found most interesting was their assessment of the most sought after job skills in high-wage, high-growth occupations.   As the chart below (from the report) shows, five of the top 12 skills most valued in the economy are communications related.    The other in demand skills tend to be related to information processing such as critical thinking, complex problem solving and decision making.

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Time Management Skills for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

The post Time Management Skills for Executive and Administrative Assistants appeared first on Office Dynamics - Executive And Administrative Assistant Training One of the biggest struggles executive assistants report to me is mastering effective time management.

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The Top 3 Skills That Make Administrative Assistants Stand Out

Office Dynamics

As you can see, these skills go beyond the basics. There is much to learn regarding advanced skills for assistants. It’s designed to help you stand out and develop the master-level skills you need to become World Class. The post The Top 3 Skills That Make Administrative Assistants Stand Out appeared first on Office Dynamics. Administrative professionals are always asking us what it takes to really stand out in the workplace.

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Is shorthand still a relevant skill for a minute taker?

Practically Perfect PA

It was a very handy skill to have! … They would’ve thought that this would be a must have skill to be able to take minutes. It’s a good skill to have, but the traps listed above need to be avoided. The post Is shorthand still a relevant skill for a minute taker? Core Skills Featured Minute Taking admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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The Expanding High Skill Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

More and more professions that require advanced degrees or highly specialized skills are joining the gig and/or on-demand economy.   As with other types of freelance work, not all highly skilled gig workers are happy with this type of work. A good example is law.    Crain's The gig economy comes to law  covers the expanding use of contract lawyers.

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Nearly 80% Of Today’s Job Skills Are New Or Have Been Reprioritized Since 2016

Allwork

A new report from Boston Consulting Group, Emsi Burning Glass, and The Burning Glass Institute shows that desired job skills have greatly evolved since 2016. . Among these positions, around 80% of the top 20 skills were either new or had experienced a priority shift.? .

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