If you’re looking to take your career in a new direction and you’re a highly organized person who enjoys helping others, you should consider becoming a personal assistant. Sometimes referred to as a personal concierge or an executive assistant, a personal assistant manages clients’ lives and homes through administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, running errands, communicating on their behalf as a vendor liaison, and prioritizing tasks. You would be responsible for managing someone else’s time, daily responsibilities, and obligations.
There are a lot of qualities and skills that make a personal assistant successful, such as being positive, punctual, and well organized. Because this is a role that will undoubtedly have access to a lot of personal and private information, a clean criminal record is also commonly a requirement for any personal assistant position. People who are good problem-solvers and enjoy helping others may excel in this line of work, assuming they are also honest, discreet, and loyal.
Although many personal assistants have either associate’s or bachelor’s degrees, it’s not necessarily a requirement for the position. The same is true with previous experience as a personal assistant, although it’s a plus. Other work experience in the service industry, like as a customer service representative, also provides relevant knowledge and transferable skills. Overall, however, it’s important that you pay attention to detail and have excellent communication skills, tact, and diplomacy. It’s also important that you exhibit discretion in all that you do, and you must be proactive and able to multitask.
As the world becomes more and more digital, it’s also important you have the hard skills to keep up with all communication, schedule management, and organization. Tools such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Adobe Acrobat will aid in all duties that a personal assistant needs to perform effectively and efficiently.
The best first step to becoming a personal assistant is to be very organized in your own life. If you’re hired for this role, you will be entrusted with managing someone else’s schedule, priorities, and obligations. If you cannot manage your own time and tasks, you probably won’t be successful managing someone else’s.
If you want to be a personal assistant, it’s also a good idea to develop your own strategies or favorite tools for time, project, and priority management.
Once you’re confident in your skills and experience, it’s time to find the right personal assistant position to apply to. Just remember, your application in and of itself is a chance to showcase your organization, attention to detail, and responsiveness.
Potomac Concierge strives to make a difference in our clients’ lives every single day. We not only ensure every team member meets our highest standards, but we also provide additional training so each person is prepared for even the most complex tasks. We expect that our applicants are mature and professional, and the ideal candidate will be able to work 20 hours per week.
If you’re ready to fill a role that helps someone every day, apply to be a personal assistant for Potomac Concierge. You won’t only be providing an invaluable service to someone else, you’ll be joining an amazing team of professionals who will help you continue to learn and grow in your role.