What does a Personal Assistant do?
A personal assistant is often appointed to assist a single personnel within the organization. The duties and tasks of a personal assistant will vary depending on the requirements of the employer. These include answering phone calls, recording notes and messages received, scheduling meetings, reserving venues, arranging travel arrangements and many more. The typical career progression for personal assistants is of an executive personal assistant role.
Although a high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum educational requirement to be a personal assistant, the majority of employers prefer candidates that possess a certificate from a secretarial school. Proven experience working as a personal assistant is also often required followed by a high proficiency in computer technology and excellent communication skills. Good candidates will also display strong multitasking abilities and organizational skills.
Personal Assistant Salaries
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Personal Assistant Insights
“Working with many passionate and friendly colleagues is the best part become a personal shopper.”
“The pay is fair and the interactions I have had with others within the company have all been great.”
“Training was good and they made sure you get all the needed info before you get a client.”
“No benefits... and I don't mean healthcare/etc... I'm talking about actual benefits of working this job.”
“The Director himself was a joy to work with and he actively did try to make things better.”
“3. Encouragement to think beyond the norm and creative freedom to present outputs in the best way possible.”
“Not really a great exchange if it prevents you from doing other things you enjoy/need to do.”
“Not a great pay rate if you don't have someone else who is the primary breadwinner.”
Personal Assistant Interviews
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a personal assistant
When working as a personal assistant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Diagnosis, Adaptability, Excellent Customer Service, English Language and No High School.
- Executive Assistant
- Administrative Assistant
The most common qualifications to become a personal assistant is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.