Are you a business owner, busy manager or entrepreneur and feel like you’ve been overloaded with administrative tasks that distract you from strategic thinking and decision-making? We know what helps indeed – to hire a great Personal Assistant who will manage your meeting arrangements, expense reports, travel bookings, help with basic accounting and drafting documents. Whatever it is – they will handle it in a timely manner, with a detail-focused approach and always offer the best solution.
Ideally, right? It takes a bit of time to find a great one for you. Here is what you want to know before you start searching for an assistant:
1. Know your own needs – which skills and attributes are essential for you. Business trainers recommend to write down in two columns what you do on a daily basis, and specify in left column the tasks only you can handle, in the right one – what you can delegate to others. These will be an assistant’s responsibilities.
2. Person specification. Working with someone 1-1 might sometimes be challenging if your personalities do not match. Think of the colleagues, business partners and support staff with whom it was effective and comfortable to work. Specify what soft skills and qualities are of utmost importance for you.
3. Selection. Think of a few tasks that you can use to select the best candidates from many – the projects that will help you understand their strengths and whether it’s a true fit. Prepare for the interview and think about salary you are ready to offer. Any perks?
What our clients are usually looking for in a great PA – ability of turning chaos into order, finding solutions prior to the client’s end of speech, getting things done even before the deadline, being precise and knowing the art of listening and following directions when required. Our clients choose those who can handle responsibilities, tough conversations and long working hours, who knows how to arrange a private jet in the middle of the night and find an exclusive suit for the event next day in New York.
If you wonder where to advertise for a Personal or Executive Assistant job, approach Red Square International – we have the best database of Russian speaking PA professionals and we know how to source, headhunt and select upon your unique criteria. We send the first shortlist within 24 hours (Mon-Fri).
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