Working as an executive assistant
An executive assistant (or EA) works in a collaborative capacity for high level professionals within a business.
This position provides exposure to the inner workings of a business and its 'big picture' goals. To be a great EA, you need a certain set of traits which can't be found in a book; namely patience, multitasking, attention to detail, a positive outlook and a sense of humour.
What qualifications do I need?
EA roles typically require candidates to show solid PA and/or office management experience. Relationship building is a key skill requirement as the dynamic between the EA and the person they support is crucial to success.
EAs will often have undertaken the following courses:
- Project management
- Business management
- Advanced level training on PowerPoint, excel and accounting systems
A successful EA needs the following key attributes:
- Organisational skills - EAs often get involved in complex diary travel and event management
- Professionalism - you will often act on behalf of the person you are supporting
- Communication skills - EAs deal with key business stakeholders
- Strong business acumen - you need to be able to learn the workings of the business
EAs can command salaries from $48k – 72k depending on their level of experience and the industry they work in.
Magic CV words
Organised, attention to detail, meticulous, operational
A successful EA can move between industries to increase their breadth of experience.