Personal Assistant Qualifications
There are no standard educational qualifications for personal assistants. The required qualifications can be as varied as the individuals in need of assistance. Generally, an assistant should have a good level of general education, specifically in English and mathematics. That may mean a year of college or two or it may mean completion of a four-year bachelors degree program. Executive assistants are often required to hold a bachelors degree in business administration or human resources. Additionally, personal assistants should be trained in a variety of secretarial skills employed in most office environments.
Personal assistants must be skilled in basic secretarial duties such as typing, answering phone calls, and responding to emails. Some high-level positions may require assistants to be proficient in shorthand and shorthand transcription. You will certainly need to be familiar with common computer software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Good people skills are also an important qualification for a personal assistant. You will need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively to a wide variety of people. You'll also need to be able to multitask. Some days you may be given a dozen different jobs to complete with different levels of responsibility and different priorities. It's your job to figure out how and when to get them all done.
Employers always prefer to hire a personal assistant with experience. Any previous job experience you can apply to your intended position will be highly beneficial. Try to at least familiarize yourself with the industry you are looking to join prior to any job interview.
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