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What does a PA Do? and indeed, what is a PA. A PA is Personal Assistant to the manager, department or CEO. They provide administrative support and take care of their boss so that they can perform their jobs with ease and confidence. A Personal Assistant could also be called an Executive Assistant or even…

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Having run a successful Virtual Assistant business for nearly ten years, I am frequently asked What is a Virtual Assistant. I suppose the term is not familiar to everybody and it can sound like quite a strange concept. The question is then followed with “Why would I use a Virtual Assistant?” Let us look at…

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What is a Firewall? The term firewall is thrown about by those in the know about computer security, but what is it?   In the most general of terms, a firewall is a defence measure that your computer uses in an effort to protect itself from unwanted programmes and outside access to your computer. Think…

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When you think of a PA or a Secretary, you immediately think of someone organised, who is ultra-efficient and has their hand on the heartbeat of the department or their Boss’s Day. In effect, being proactive. Being Proactive is management speech stating that ‘a person is creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding…

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During your appraisal or work performance interview, you may be asked to set some SMART Objectives or goals for your future development within the company or department.  Goal setting is of particular importance for a PA and Secretary if you want a promotion to become an Executive PA. When setting goals, it is always advisable to…

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I am a great believer in continued professional development and, as a result, I listen to some podcasts on different business practices.  This evening, I was listening to a podcast by an Australian  Pro-blogger called Darren Rowse.  He made an interesting suggestion about a New Year’s Resolution you could make. Further, how you could make a…

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Depending on your company internal calendar of events and procedures the appraisal process isn’t that far away.  Most appraisals start in March/April in preparation for the new financial year.  For a PA, EA and Secretary this is the time when the task of organising appraisals or preparing for appraisals starts. It is, however, worth noting…

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As a PA (Personal Assistant), an EA (Executive Assistant) or secretary you may be asked to undertake an appraisal, this could be for junior members of staff. An Appraisal, Performance Review or Staff Review happens once a year.  The appraisal gives the employee and the employer an opportunity to openly discuss the previous years working…

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Why would a PA need to know? Whether you are starting a business, expand an existing business or looking for a new PA Job, a SWOT analysis could help you to make the right choices for your business or career.  SWOT is an acronym to remind you of subject headings you should think of when making…