As­sis­tance and per­sis­tence

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COM­PLEX and grow­ing de­mands on up­per man­age­ment are ra­di­at­ing through the glass walls of ex­ec­u­tive suites to land squarely on the desks of ex­ec­u­tive and per­sonal as­sis­tants.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween ex­ec­u­tive and as­sis­tant is now more of a part­ner­ship and re­cruit­ment firm Hays says peo­ple are see­ing re­ward­ing ca­reers in roles that are car­ry­ing in­creased re­spon­si­bil­ity and de­mand first-rate tech­ni­cal and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

‘‘ This means to be suc­cess­ful as an EA or PA you not only need the right tech­ni­cal skills, such as know­ing how to use the lat­est of­fice soft­ware and be­ing in­ter­net savvy, but you must also pos­sess the ap­pro­pri­ate soft skills to meet the role’s re­quire­ments,’’ says its Of­fice Sup­port re­gional di­rec­tor Lynne Roeder.

‘‘ You need to be a con­fi­dent com­mu­ni­ca­tor, ded­i­cated, fo­cused and able to multi-task.’’

The role of a PA now stretches be­yond ba­sic cler­i­cal work to also in­clude han­dling bud­gets, up­dat­ing web­sites, in­ter­net re­search, com­mis­sion­ing work on their man­ager’s be­half and rep­re­sent­ing the ex­ec­u­tive at meet­ings and other events.

‘‘ The role of an EA or PA can be ex­tremely busy. Stream­line the things you need to do or come up with strate­gies on how to do them more ef­fec­tively. This will not only save you time but could earn you recog­ni­tion from the ex­ec­u­tive team,’’ Roeder says.

HELP­ING OUT

Av­er­age ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant salaries are be­tween $45,000 and $80,000.

Per­sonal as­sis­tants earn be­tween $35,000 and $68,000.

99 per cent of ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tants are women but the top male salary is $8000 more than the top fe­male salary.

97 per cent of per­sonal as­sis­tants are women and the top fe­male salary is $11,000 more than the top male salary.

58,700 peo­ple are em­ployed as per­sonal as­sis­tants.

77.5 per cent work full time. Source: PayScale; Job Out­look

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