If you’re a PA or EA, you’ll know that great secretarial roles don’t come along too often. Regardless of the sector you want to work in, finding a great team, supportive manager, ideal business culture AND rewarding work is no mean feat. Even securing an interview for such a role is an achievement in its own right, so it goes without saying that each and every interaction with your prospective boss should be a positive one.
But how do you go about impressing at every opportunity? Moreover, how do you create those opportunities? While there are various approaches you can take to job hunting, if you get the basics right, you can absolutely win the perfect secretarial role that meets your dream criteria.
Unless you’re incredibly fortunate, your dream job won’t land in your lap overnight. It will take tenacity, persistence and forward planning. As a start, think about the below points and consider what you can improve upon. And don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like any more advice!
1. Perfect your CV
Your CV is where it all begins. It’s your opportunity to make a fantastic first impression to prospective employers, but this opportunity is also usually just a fleeting moment! Many recruiters or prospective hirers will be working through a pile of CVs, so ensure you cut through the noise. Spend time on the wording, formatting and tone of your CV. It all counts.
2. Your attitude
The way in which you approach your job hunt says a lot about your character. Before you speak on the phone or interview with prospective employers, ensure you’re fully prepped and oozing assuredness. Be positive, warm and engaging. Your prospective bosses will be assessing your character as well as your skillset, so ensure they’re left with a positive impression.
If you know the role you want, you should also be aware of the skills required to exceed in the position. Hone those skills. Attend a course if you feel you’d benefit from it. Trust me, your new boss will appreciate the effort you’ve made in your own time to foster those skills, even if you haven’t yet had the working experience.
4. Interview techniques
Practice makes perfect. Prepare for your interview by researching the business, thinking about the key skills they’re looking for and how you might be able to apply your strengths to the position. Prep for the most standard interview questions, but it might also be worth considering your approach to the more unusual questions too!
It’s a small world, and you just never know who might be able to influence a decision that concerns your future career. Let potential influencers know of your career aspirations. You’ll be amazed at how willing people are to help. By the same token, keep your social network profiles up to date and devoid of anything unprofessional or negative.
We recruit in a number of sectors in the UK and around the globe. If you have a dream job in mind, talk us through your aspirations and we’d be happy to advise on the steps you might want to take to make it become a reality. We’ll of course keep you posted as and when similar opportunities become available too! Get in touch and send us your updated CV today.