Benefits of hiring Personal Assistant
Once you have hired yourself a personal assistant, who is dedicated, assertive and skilled, you would be surprised how much time you could save. As a PA can perform a wide range of tasks and duties personally for you or for your family, hiring one will help you keep an ideal balance and harmony between your work and your household life.
You can focus more on your family, your business or yourself as someone has already paid your bills, taken your clothes to the dry cleaners, made a reservation to your favourite restaurant and done grocery shopping, and this is just the top of the list.
Personal assistant can be responsible for a lot more, starting from dealing with personal correspondence and answering your phone calls, taking responsibility for household budget to taking your children to school and supervising the household staff.
Difference between PA and Secretary
Sometimes, there is a confusion between such professions as personal assistant and personal secretary.
The difference is very slight, but it still exists, and before hiring a personal assistant, you should make yourself sure who you are looking for.
A private secretary usually works solely for one family and mainly is accountable for diary and correspondence management, arranging meetings and appointments, and some reception duties.
As well as a PA, secretary should be very initiative, proactive and with a strong sense of responsibility regarding personal errands of the employer. Both of them keep close contact with their employers at all times in order to keep the private and professional affairs in order and well organised.
They both should be aware of their employer’s desires and wishes. However, secretary usually would not be involved in such matters as work of other staff, outside contractors or childcare. Secretary positions are mostly focused on administrational tasks, dealing with budgets and accounts, and very often they would work in a family office. If you are looking for someone to run your personal errands and be the right hand for you then you are certainly in need of a personal assistant.
Qualities and Skills good PA must have
Whether you are looking for a PA or you are considering becoming one, it is essential to know what qualities and skills are the most important for such profession.
First, personal assistant is someone with exceptional organisational skills, as he or she should organise their own duties additionally to the life of the employer. Good PA is an enthusiastic and confident individual, computer literate, tech-savvy, and experienced in management. Secondly, flexibility is an absolute must for a personal assistant. Moreover, flexibility concerns both the working hours and the nature of tasks to do.
Quite frequently, PAs do not have a fixed schedule and can be asked to perform some tasks, which are not very typical and ordinary.
Other important traits are definitely discretion and confidentiality. Professional PA who is trusted with the most intimate issues of their employers’ life will always keep everything in privacy, as the trust between PA and the employer is fundamental. Finally yet importantly, perfect PA is someone who has matching personalities with their employer. Someone who could foresee the needs and desires of the employer and act on behalf of them at all times.
If you are looking for a personal assistant – do not hesitate to contat us and we will help you with your search.
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