Social Engagement: High
What’s What: If you can deal with calendars, phones, ghost-emails, travel arrangements and more, you might be just the front-office (or virtual office) person that a busy human needs. You can be well compensated for your time and efforts and you never know who might be on the other end of the phone.
Amava Take: Gone are the days when every busy person needs another person to sit behind a desk in a physical office and keep regular hours just to keep that person going. Technology has made the need for much of the old school support the stuff of nostalgia. Today’s executive assistants tend to have flexible hours and fewer constraints. Busy people just want help staying organized, making arrangements, paying bills, prioritizing emails and the like. And relax, the “Devil” doesn’t always wear Prada!
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
Resourceful, tech savvy problem solvers.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Get to know the person you are working for and get ready to learn up close how a successful person gets it all done.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
Variable depending on the individual you’re working with.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
It’s so fun to be part of exciting events and transactions!
How would you describe the hard parts?
Everyone has their quirks!
Have you ever gotten a table on the roof of a hot restaurant at prime time when you were told it was impossible?
Why, yes I have! Thanks for asking!
Special Requirements: Other than being quick-on-your feet, articulate, organized and creative, there are no rules, though many employers want good recommendations and some kind of related experience. Many highly qualified people with creative passions and talents work part-time as Executive Assistants.
Finding a Position: These jobs are everywhere, because great EAs are very hard to find. This article explains more about what makes a great executive assistant and this article gives an overview of what to expect on the job. The American Society of Administrative Professionals can also point you in the direction of job and networking opportunities.